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  • Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks expert predictions for Sunday’s Round 8 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 4:05 PM at GIO Stadium
  • Sharks predicted to sweep season series 2-0 against Raiders and consolidate top spot on NRL ladder.
  • Sharks' Ronaldo Mulitalo leads league in tries scored.
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Ronaldo Mulitalo of the Sharks predicted to score again against Canberra. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks, Round 8 2024 - Expert Prediction


The Sharks and Raiders will meet for the second time this season with the southern beaches team predicted to have what it takes to sweep the season series 2-0 and consolidate top spot on the NRL ladder.
  • Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks, Round 8 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head 
  • Canberra Raiders Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Canberra Raiders Team News
  • Canberra Raiders Team List
  • Cronulla Sharks Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks NRL 2024 Round 8 FAQ’s

Cronulla in recent years have had trouble winning against teams in the Top 8 but this season out of their 6 games played they are 3-0 against teams currently in the 8. The Sharks aren’t leading in any important statistical measure but they are consistently in the top third across all areas.

The Raiders are on the same number of wins as the Sharks (4) but have not had their bye yet which means they sit at 3rd on the ladder. As long as the score isn’t a blowout they aren’t in danger of falling out of the 8 but will need to make sure they don’t end up in the same situation as last year by keeping scores close in all games which they should here.

  • 5 of the Raiders 7 games played this year have all finished with margins of 20 points or fewer
  • Cronulla are third in the league in Points Scored, averaging 26.5pts per game
  • Canberra restrict their opponents to1386 Run Metres per game on average, ranking them 5th best in the NRL
  • Ronaldo Mulitalo has scored 4 tries in his last 3 games against Canberra

Head to Head 


The Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders have met in 10 regular season games since the beginning of the 2019 season. The Sharks have won the last 2 games in a row, both at Pointsbet Stadium by margins of 13+. Prior to that Canberra have won 8 regular season games in a row as well as the lone final matchup in this period, played in 2020. 

7 of 10 regular season games have gone Over the Game Total with Canberra covering the line in 6 of those 7 games. 

The average winning margin across the last 10 games for these teams is 9.2 pts.

Canberra Raiders Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
2-32-33-2

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
$7.53-41-13-2

Canberra got away with a close win over the Titans in round 6 by a single point then were dismantled by the Broncos last weekend 34-10. Without their star playmaker Jamal Fogarty they will be forced into restructuring their game plan which saw them take decisive wins over the Knights, Tigers and Eels earlier in the season.

The forward pack and outside backs have laid down a solid platform averaging 1569 Run Metres per game which is 2nd best in the NRL. 

Canberra Raiders Team News


Raiders half Jamal Fogarty will miss a chunk of time with an arm injury, Kaeo Weekes comes in as the new halfback. 

Canberra Raiders Team List


1. Chevy Stewart
2. James Schiller
3. Matt Timoko
4. Seb Kris
5. Xavier Savage
6. Ethan Strange
7. Kaeo Weekes 
8. Josh Papalii
9. Danny Levi
10. Joseph Tapine
11. Hudson Young
12. Simi Sasagi
13. Morgan Smithies

Interchange
14. Tom Starling
15. Ata Mariota
16. Trey Mooney
17. Pasami Saulo

Reserves
18. Albert Hopoate
19. Emre Guler
20. Zac Woolford
21. Nick Cotric
​​​​​​​22. Peter Hola


Cronulla Sharks Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
4-14-13-2

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
$23.53-32-03-1

Cronulla played one of their best games of the young season last week against the Cowboys putting on 42 points and restricting their opponents to a single converted try. 

They are averaging 30.6 pts across their 5 wins proving once again that their attacking prowess is at an elite level. Ronaldo Mulitalo leads the league in Tries scored with 8 over his 6 games played 

Cronulla Sharks Team News


Sam Stonestreet drops back to the reserves with Sione Katoa returning from suspension on the wing. 

Braydon Trindall has been stood down following an off-field indiscretion. Daniel Atkinson comes in as the five-eighth. 

Dale Finucance has retired effective immediately.

Cronulla Sharks Team List


1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Jesse Ramien
4. Kayal Iro
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Daniel Atkinson
7. Nicho Hynes
8. Thomas Hazelton
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Oregon Kaufusi
11. Briton Nikora
12. Teig Wilton
13. Cam McInnes

Interchange
14. Jack Williams
15. Sifa Talakai
16. Toby Rudolf
17. Braden Hamlin-Uele

Reserves
18. Mawene Hiroti
19. Tuku Hau Tapuha
20. Samuel Stonestreet
21. Royce Hunt
​​​​​​​22. Kade Dykes

Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks NRL 2024 Round 8 FAQ’s

How to watch Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks NRL 2024 Round 8?

You can watch the Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks NRL 2024 Round 8 game via Fox Sports or Kayo Sports. If you are watching from outside of Australia the WatchNRL app is the perfect solution.

How to buy tickets to Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks NRL 2024 Round 8?

To buy tickets to the Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks NRL 2024 Round 8 game check the NRL website or the official Canberra Raiders site.

Verdict

Canberra will struggle to convert their chances without Fogarty but with Cronulla’s defence being inconsistent this season they still should cross for a few tries taking the Game Total Over.
 
The Sharks though will wrap this one up and cover the -7.5 start the bookies have given them. Mulitalo will also continue his tryscoring form against the Raiders.
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