August 27, 2021 2:37 PM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Saturday 28th August, 2021 – 08:30 (UK)

Where is Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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

What channel is Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos 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 Cronulla Sharks vs Brisbane Broncos? 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

CRONULLA SHARKS

Starting 13: Kennedy, Katoa, Tracey, Ramien, Hiroti, Metcalf, Trindall, Rudolf, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Talakai, Jack Williams – Interchanges: Moylan, Hamlim-Uele, Tolman, Wilton – Reserves: O’Donnell, Lualua

Unavailable: Bronson Xerri (Suspended), Jackson Ferris (Injured), Wade Graham (Injured), Franklin Pele (Injured), Josh Dugan (Isolation), Shaun Johnson (Injured), Andrew Fifita (Injured), Ronaldo Mulitalo (Injured)

  • After losing three successive matches, Cronulla Sharks were able to produce a solid performance when it mattered most as they swept Wests Tigers aside last week to keep their top eight hopes in their own hands.
  • The Sharks posted 50 points in that success and while they still have plenty of improvements to make, they will be confident ahead of this clash with Brisbane Broncos with them knowing that a second win in a row will leave them in a strong positon ahead of the final round of matches.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Niu, Oates, Cobbo, Farnworth, Coates, Milford, Kelly, Flegler, Turpin, Haas, Glenn, Riki, Hetherington – Interchanges: Levi, Kennedy, Bullemor, Robati – Reserves: Mead, Piakura

Unavailable: Patrick Carrigan (Injured), John Asiata (Injured), Kotoni Staggs (Injured), Tyson Gamble (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), Xavier Willison (Injured)

  • Brisbane Broncos avoided a third successive loss thanks to a narrow success against New Zealand Warriors last week and they will feel that they can make a very late push to climb up the ladder.
  • Having done enough to avoid the wooden spoon, the Broncos will be eager to finish as high as possible after edging the Warriors last week and they will be believe they can claim another victory here having won seven of the last eight matches against Cronulla Sharks.

THE PREDICTION

Cronulla Sharks come into this contest just outside of the top eight but they know that their finals fate is in their own hands. They earned a confidence-boosting success over Wests Tigers last week but will need to back it up to move back into the eight. They come up against a Brisbane Broncos side that defeated them earlier in the season and also secured a win last week thanks to seeing off New Zealand Warriors. The Broncos have shown some good signs of late and should be competitive again but the Sharks’ desperation should be enough to see them get the job done.

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