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The near-misses of the nineties and the noughties, the supplements scandal that ruined their 2014 campaign, the long-awaited premiership breakthrough in 2016 – what a wave the Cronulla Sharks have ridden in recent years.
The boys from the Shire scraped into the finals in 2020, but they were a long way off the standard set by the likes of the Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers.
Let’s see how the bookies rate Cronulla’s chances in the 2021 NRL Premiership betting.
|Home ground:||Shark Park|
|Coach:||Josh Hannay (interim)|
|Premierships:||One – 2016|
|2020 ladder finish:||Eighth (10-10)|
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|2021 Premiership||Make Grand Final||Make Top 8|
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for Cronulla, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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|1||St. George Illawarra Dragons||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, March 14||5:15pm|
|2||Canberra Raiders||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, March 21||6:35pm|
|3||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, March 27||6:35pm|
|4||North Queensland Cowboys/td>||Sunshine Coast Stadium||Saturday, April 3||4:30pm|
|5||Sydney Roosters||Central Coast Stadium||Saturday, April 10||7:35pm|
|6||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Friday, April 16||6:00pm|
|7||Canterbury Bulldogs||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Saturday, April 24||5:30pm|
|8||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Friday, April 30||6:00pm|
|9||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Friday, May 7||6:00pm|
|10||South Sydney Rabitohs||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, May 15||5:30pm|
|11||St. George Illawarra Dragons||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Friday, May 21||7:55pm|
|12||Gold Coast Titans||C.ex Coffs International Stadium||Sunday, May 30||2:00pm|
|14||Penrith Panthers||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Friday, June 11||7:55pm|
|15||North Queensland Cowboys||Queensland Country Bank Stadium||Friday, June 18||6:00pm|
|16||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, July 4||2:00pm|
|17||New Zealand Warriors||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, July 11||4:05pm|
|18||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Saturday, July 17||3:00pm|
|19||Canterbury Bulldogs||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, July 25||4:05pm|
|20||Manly Sea Eagles||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, August 1||4:05pm|
|21||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday, August 7||2:00pm|
|22||Newcastle Knights||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, August 15||4:05pm|
|23||West Tigers||Scully Park||Saturday, August 21||3:00pm|
|24||Brisbane Broncos||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Saturday, August 28||5:30pm|
|25||Melbourne Storm||Netstrata Jubilee Stadium||Friday, September 3||6:00pm|
Sione Katoa being our Top Tryscorer bet for the sharks shows you he is one to watch this season. Katoa started with the sharks in 2018 however didn’t play his first full season until last year breakout season. Sione scored 16 tries in 19 games with 81 tackle breaks and 17 line breaks last year. All sharks fans will be expecting the same effort from him this year which we believe he will step up to the plate and go even further this year.
Blayke Brailey was chosen to be part of the Sharks development program at the age 13 and finally made the number nine jersey his very own once brother Jayden opted to join the knights ahead of the 2020 season. Brailey has also been be chosen for the NSW pathways squad for this season. With very few changes for the Sharks squad this season we belive that Blayke will build on last years performance and be one to watch.
Position: 2nd Row
Backrower Briton Nikora made his footprint into the NRL in 2019. In his first year of NRL he played 24 of 26 games and showed what he was capable of. Scoring 6 tries in 16 appearances Briton works perfectly on the right side of the halves. With not only his offence being strong he is one of the key players on the defence line with an 89% tackle efficiency.
Although the Sharks made waves when they beat Eastern Suburbs in their first-grade debut, they finished the 1967 season with only three wins to their name. Steady improvement over the following years saw them crack the finals in 1973 and make it all the way to the decider, where they lost to Manly-Warringah in one of the toughest, dirtiest contests ever witnessed. The two teams met on the same stage five years later with similar results.
Cronulla fell on hard times in the early 1980s. The club went into administration in ’83 and received a bailout from the league – a luxury afforded to neither Western Suburbs nor Newtown, the latter of which soon folded. Hope sprang from the emergence of local lad Andrew Ettingshausen, who would go on to become one of Cronulla, NSW and Australia’s most celebrated players.
Despite their on-field promise, the Sharks were drowning again by 1990 and went into receivership three years later. Again, financial hardship heralded a new wave of success. John Lang took the coaching reins in 1994 and steered the club to the semi-finals or better six times in eight seasons. During this time Cronulla joined the breakaway Super League and reached the grand final of the competition’s only season in 1997, where they lost to the Brisbane Broncos.
For all that effort, premiership success continued to elude the Sharks. Their chances grew dimmer after former Melbourne Storm coach Chris Anderson succeeded Lang in 2002 and set about dismantling the playing group, much to the chagrin of the supporters. Stuart Raper came and went, Ricky Stuart came and went, and still no flag for the Shire. Other difficulties arose, including a supplements scandal that marred the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.
Cronulla would have to wait until 2016 – a year in which the AFL’s Western Bulldogs and the EPL’s Leicester City also broke long-running droughts. They entered the NRL Grand Final as rank underdogs against the Storm, but a star turn from Clive Churchill Medal winner Luke Lewis inspired the Sharks to a 14-12 win that was 50 years in the making.