7:40 PM (AEST) Saturday, April 22 at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla
The reigning NRL premiers Cronulla are in hot form right now and will play hosts to a Titans side that has been decimated by injuries.
Cronulla: Valentine Holmes; Sosaia Feki, Jack Bird, Ricky Leutele, Kurt Capewell; James Maloney, Chad Townsend; Andrew Fifita, Jayden Brailey, Matt Prior, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen. Jayson Bukuya, Chris Heighington, Jeremy Latimore, Joseph Paulo.
Titans: Tyrone Roberts; Anthony Don, Dale Copley, Dan Sarginson, Tyronne Roberts-Davis; Kane Elgey, Ashley Taylor; Jarrod Wallace, Nathan Peats, Ryan James, Chris McQueen, Chris Grevsmuhl, Ryan Simpkins. Karl Lawton, Joe Greenwood, Paterika Vaivai, Leivaha Pulu.
15 games have been played between these two sides with honours fairly evenly split. The Sharks have 8 wins to the Titans 6, while 1 game has been drawn. That drawn game happened to be in their most recent clash, in Round 21 last year, which ended a 15 game winning run by the Sharks.
The Sharks opened the NRL season with a tough display against Brisbane, fighting back in the second half strongly before losing 26-18. They then travelled to Canberra and put on a clinic in the second half, belting the much fancied Raiders side 42-16. They were unable to repeat that effort in the local derby with the Dragons, going down 16-10 in Round 3. They have then won all of their last four games, 20-6 against Parramatta and then a narrow 19-18 victory over the last placed Newcastle side before a brilliant 11-2 win over the Storm in Melbourne on a cold, wet night. Last week they beat Penrith by 28-2 in a clinical display.
The Titans started the season on the back foot when their first round opponents Sydney shot off to an early lead and went on to win 32-18. The Titans then lost a free flowing match against last years wooden spooners Newcastle 34-26. They bounced back despite losing a number of players to injury in Round 3 with a spirited effort against Parramatta to win 26-14. They have since lost all of their last 4 games thanks to a mounting injury toll, however they were determined and spirited for the full 80 minutes in each contest. They lost to the Cowboys 32-26, the Warriors 28-22, Canberra 42-16 and narrowly lost to the Broncos last week 24-22.
Second half – In their last three games the Titans have been outscored in the second half while the Sharks have kept their opposition scoreless in the second half. It’s worth noting that the Sharks did that on enemy soil, against powerful attacking sides Melbourne and Penrith.
This will be tight at the break but form suggests the Titans will fall behind in the second half.
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