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Last updated: 02 Sep 2023
Jeremy Darke 02 Sep 2023
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Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders Tips

Cronulla will need to break a nine-game losing streak against Canberra if they want to take any momentum into the 2023 Final Series. The Raiders, on the other hand, couldn’t have asked for a better opponent on their likely quest for a home prelim.

The game-changer in this matchup on Sunday is the absentees for Canberra, with Josh Papali’i and Corey Horsborough missing. Besides captain Joseph Tapine, Papali’i and Horsborough do a mountain of work and can both change the game for the Raiders. 

It will now be the Sharks that will have command in the middle, which won’t bid well for Canberra’s chances of getting the victory and a home prelimary final. 

I am predicting that Canberra will not be able to keep up with Cronulla who will eventually put on the points and score over 27.5 on their way to victory. The Game Total will stay UNDER 45.5 with the lack of attack from the Raiders. Nicho Hynes will want to be full of confidence heading into the finals and will cross for a try. 

  • The Sharks have scored more than 27.5 points in 2 of their last 3 matches.
  • Canberra have conceded more than 27.5 points in 3 of their last 5 matches.
  • The Game Total has gone UNDER 45.5 points in 6 of the last 9 games between Cronulla and Canberra.
  • Canberra have conceded a try to an opposition half in their last 5 matches.

Head to Head 

Canberra certainly know how to beat Cronulla, winning their last 9 games straight against the men from the Shire. 

The two most recently met in round 3, 2023, when Corey Horsborough scored a double to help the Raiders edge out the Sharks 24-20.

Cronulla Sharks Form

A Nicho Hynes-less Cronulla Sharks took a heavy defeat against the Newcastle Knights last week, 32-6. The Sharks once again failed to put in a good performance against a fellow top-8 side, simply having no answer for Kalyn Ponga and the game-management skills of the Knights. 

Newcastle had 59% of the ball but more detrimentally they had 61% of the territory, offering the Sharks just 11 tackles inside the opposition 20 metres. 

Although the Sharks are pretty much safe when it comes to missing the finals, it will be important for them to come into the 2023 finals series with a good performance under their belt. 

Cronulla Sharks Team News

Nicho Hynes returns, moving Braydon Trindall to five-eight and Matt Moylan to the bench.

Cronulla Sharks Team List

1. Connor Tracey
2. Sione Katoa
3. Jesse Ramien
4. Siosifa Talakai
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Braydon Trindall
7. Nicho Hynes
8. Toby Rudolf
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Braden Hamlin-Uele
11. Briton Nikora
12. Wade Graham
13. Cam McInnes


14. Jack Williams
15. Royce Hunt
16. Tom Hazelton
17. Matt Moylan


18. Kayal Iro
19. Mawene Hiroti
20. Oregon Kaufusi
21. Jesse Colquhoun
22. Daniel Atkinson

Canberra Raiders Form

Canberra stayed in the game against league leaders the Brisbane Broncos last weekend, however, it always felt like Brisbane were in control, eventually getting a 29-18 result. 

The loss to the Broncos was their fourth in six weeks and leaves the Raiders needing a win in the final round to make the top-8.

Canberra Raiders Team News

Josh Papali’i is out for the rest of the year with a bicep injury, being replaced by Emre Guler in the front-row.

Corey Horsborough failed to beat his charge at the judiciary and will miss the remainder of the year. 

Hohepa Puru will make his debut from the bench.

Canberra Raiders Team List

1. Jordan Rapana
2. Seb Kris
3. Jack Wighton
4. Matthew Timoko
5. Nick Cotric
6. Matt Frawley
7. Jamal Fogarty
8. Emre Guler
9. Zac Woolford
10. Joe Tapine
11. Hudson Young
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Corey Horsburgh


14. Tom Starling
15.  Ata Mariota
16. Jarrod Croker
17. Hohepa Puru


18. Pasami Saulo
19. Albert Hopoate
20. Trey Mooney
21. Danny Levi
22. James Schiller


The Raiders might stay in the game but will never be in command allowing Cronulla to put on over 27.5 points. The Game Total will stay UNDER 45.5 with Canberra lacking any go forward or attack. Nicho Hynes will slide on through for a try.
Best Bet: Cronulla Over 27.5 Team Total @15/16 at Topsport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Under 45.5 Game Total @10/11 at Puntnow - 1 Unit
Tryscoring Tips: Nicho Hynes Anytime Tryscorer @13/5 at Boombet - 1 Unit
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