Saturday’s clash at Shark Park could have a significant impact on the makeup of the 2019 NRL finals.
The Cronulla Sharks hold eighth spot after last week’s win over St George Illawarra, but there are several teams below them that can still reach the playoffs.
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Among those are the New Zealand Warriors, although a 42-6 defeat to Sydney has left them with a lot of work to do in the last three rounds of the regular season.
Having come from behind to beat the Sharks by a point when these two met last month, Warriors boss Stephen Kearney will be hoping to engineer another clutch win this weekend.
Cronulla Sharks team news – NRL Round 23
Matt Moylan is out injured yet again, which sees Josh Dugan move to fullback and Ronaldo Mulitalo reinstated on the wing. Andrew Fifita is on the bench after a spell on the sidelines, with Billy Magoulias making way.
Out: Billy Magoulias, Matt Moylan
In: Andrew Fifita, Ronaldo Mulitalo
NZ Warriors team news – NRL Round 23
Adam Pompey moves aside for returning winger David Fusitu’a and Patrick Herbert replaces the injured Gerard Beale at centre. Isaac Luke is back at hooker, so Jazz Tevaga shifts to lock, Lachlan Burr goes to the bench and Ligi Sao drops out.
Out: Gerard Beale, Adam Pompey, Ligi Sao
In: David Fusitu’a, Patrick Herbert, Isaac Luke
Sharks vs Warriors tryscorer betting tips
Bronson Xerri – When this guy scores, the Sharks are on. Xerri has notched at least one try in each of Cronulla’s last five wins, so the $2.10 for anytime tryscorer at Bet365 is good value.
Ken Maumalo – NZ’s star winger has scored nine tries in as many games, including four doubles. As Maumalo failed to trouble the scorers last week, form says the $7.50 for multiple tries at Bet365 is worth a go.
Sharks vs Warriors NRL stats and trends
- Cronulla have won three of their last four NRL games
- The Sharks have committed 252 errors this year – more than any other team
- The Warriors have lost three of their last four matches
- NZ star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is tops in all runs (424) and run metres (4,127)
Sharks vs Warriors NRL Round 23 predictions
Cronulla Sharks by 1-12 points – $3.20 at Bet365
Cronulla’s recent result have flattered them somewhat, but they have done enough to stay in the hunt for finals. For all their talent, the Warriors were utterly outclassed by the Roosters last week and will struggle again in a high-pressure game.
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