2021 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Saturday 17th July, 2021 – 08:30 (UK)

Where is Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Where can I get tickets for Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Savage, Valemei, Croker, Kris, Rapana, Wighton, S. Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Guler, Harawira-Naera, Young, Sutton – Interchanges: Starling, Tapine, Soliola, James – Reserves: Timoko, Mooney

Unavailable: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Injured), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Curtis Scott (Suspended), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Elliott Whitehead (Injured), Dunamis Lui (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders earned a shock win over Manly Sea Eagles last week and that success could prove to be a turning point in their season as they aim to find a way into the top eight but they must back it up here.
  • That success meant that the Raiders avoided a third loss in a row but they need to find some greater consistency towards the back end of the campaign if they are to achieve their goal of competing in the finals.

CRONULLA SHARKS

Starting 13: Kennedy, Katoa, Tracey, Ramien, Mulitalo, Trindall, Johnson, Tolman, Brailey, Woods, Wilton, Talakai, Rudolf – Interchanges: Nikora, Hiroti, Jack Williams, Hamlin-Uele – Reserves: Hunt, Metcalf

Unavailable: Bronson Xerri (Suspended),Jackson Ferris (Injured), Wade Graham (Injured), Franklin Pele (Injured), Matt Moylan (Injured), Will Chambers (Isolation)

  • After a hugely disappointing loss to Brisbane Broncos which ended a four-match winning streak, Cronulla Sharks produced an immediate response by overcoming New Zealand Warriors last week.
  • The Sharks were solid as they played the conditions better than their opponents and their efforts in the first half which saw them lead 20-6 ultimately proved enough despite losing a low-scoring second half 0-6.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra Raiders have occasionally produced a good result during this season but it is consistency that they need as they aim to chase down the top eight. After a shock win over Manly Sea Eagles last week, the Raiders can now go back-to-back as they take on one of the teams they will hope to overhaul at the business end of the season. Cronulla Sharks stand in their way and having won five of their last six games, they will want to continue their momentum to solidify their spot in the top eight. Canberra were much-improved last week but the Sharks’ consistency over a greater period should mean that they can prevail in this contest.

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