|Cronulla Sharks vs St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Betting Odds & Game Info|
|Best odds||Sharks $1.30 at Neds | Dragons $3.50 at BetOnline|
|When||Saturday, August 6 | 7:35pm AEST|
|Where||PointsBet Stadium, Sydney|
|Last time they met||Dragons 12–36 Sharks (Rd 3, 2022)|
|Watch live||Nine, Fox Sports, Kayo|
The Cronulla Sharks will host a bitter local derby against the St George Illawarra Dragons in the main event of Super Saturday in Round 21 of the 2022 NRL Premiership.
The Sharks had a pulsating golden-point win over the Rabbitohs in their last start, while the Dragons were walloped by the Cowboys.
It was this match-up back in Round 3 where the Sharks announced themselves as a contender with a big 36-12 win.
Just last week they reminded the rest of the competition they are a forced to be reckoned with, keeping Souths at bay when they didn’t play anywhere near their best.
As a result, they come in as a hot $1.30 favourite with the online bookmakers, but will they get dragged down into a scrap against their old rivals?
The head-to-head since 1999 is 25-23 in favour of Cronulla, with the last four-in-a-row going in their favour.
One exciting aspect of this game will be the debut at fullback of Kade Dykes, who is the son of club legend Adam.
Braden Hamlin-Uele will once again deputise for Dale Finuce who remains on the sidelines due to a suspension, but once again it will give their depth a chance to shine.
Cronulla still have a chance at a top-two finish but desperately need these two points, so there’s no reason they shouldn’t get the win.
Take the 1-12 margin at $2.80 with BetOnline as a nod of respect to a great rivalry.
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Matt Moylan at $26 could be a good smokey in the first tryscorer market, with the 31-year-old producing some of his best form so far in 2022.
The Dragons have all but had their season ended with their collapse against the Cowboys last Sunday.
In the first half the scoreboard looked close, but in reality it was a case of North Queensland beating them early and then deciding by how much in the back end of the contest.
The game showed the Dragons can get in an arm wrestle and prevail against the teams on the same level as them, but stepping up to the top-tier sides has proven problematic.
They’ve failed to beat any of the top four teams this year, giving up a total of 153 points in those four games.
In the rest of their games they’re 9-6, so any chance of talking their fans into a win is going to be hard going.
Their fans can’t even point to a quantifiable figure that will support the ‘local derby’ factor, so if that’s why punters get on board for the upset, it’s purely a vibes pick.
Mathew Feagai is the $12.50 favourite for the Dragons in the first tryscorer market, but why not Ben Hunt at $26? If the Dragons manage to get a fast start, Hunt’s running game will be the killer blow to get them over the line.
Key matchup: Nicho Hynes vs Ben Hunt
They’ve been two of the best players in the entire competition. Hunt could well win a Dally M Medal, while Nicho Hynes has been lauded by many as the signing of the season. Let’s kick back and watch two fantastic halfbacks do their thing.
Sharks vs Dragons NRL betting predictions
The Sharks win by 12 points. They start a bit slow but find their groove the longer the game goes. Unfortunately for Dragons’ fans it will start nice and bright before the reality sets in.
Cronulla Sharks by 1-12 points
Sharks vs Dragons Rd 21 same game multi tips
Take the Sharks 1-12 with both wingers – Ronaldo Mulitalo and Connor Tracey – scoring a try each. Ladbrokes will give you $11.63 for that combination.
Sharks 1-12 / Mulitalo try / Tracey try
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