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Cronulla take on Melbourne Storm on the Gold Coast o Friday (Getty Images)
Bets.com.au Staff 02 Sep 2021
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Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm Tips


Cronulla’s season hangs in the balance which should see the Sharks’ defence step up. Melbourne’s team changes means they could lack fluidity in attack. I am backing under 46.5 total points on the Gold Coast.
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  • Cronulla Sharks have won their last 2 games.
  • Cronulla Sharks have seen under 40.5 total points in 3 of their last 4 games.
  • Cronulla Sharks have seen under 38.5 total points in 11 of their last 13 games against Melbourne Storm.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 3 games against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Melbourne Storm have won 19 of their last 20 games.

Head to Head


Melbourne have a 26-15 advantage against Cronulla.

The Storm have won the last three encounters including 40-14 in Round 8 this season.

Cronulla Sharks Form


Cronulla have won their last two games. A win against the Storm will guarantee eighth spot and a place in the NRL finals.

The Sharks beat Wests Tigers 50-20 win against despite completing 70% of their sets and missing 39 tackles.

Josh Hannay’s side beat Brisbane 24-16 last week. Sione Katoa, Jesse Ramien, Connor Tracey and Braydon Trindall crossed for tries.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


Matt Moylan and Teig Wilton have both been promoted to the starting side. Luke Metcalf and Siosifa Talakai drop to the bench.

Ronaldo Mulitalo (jaw) remains out with Mawene Hiroti continuing on the wing. 

Cronulla Sharks Team List


1. Will Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Connor Tracey, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Mawene Hiroti, 6. Matt Moylan, 7. Braydon Trindall, 8. Toby Rudolf, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Teig Wilton, 13. Jack Williams, 14. Luke Metcalf, 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 16. Aiden Tolman, 17. Siosifa Talakai, 18. Kai O'Donnell, 21. Jonaiah Lualua

Melbourne Storm Form


Melbourne sit top of the NRL ladder after winning 20 of their 23 games this season. 

The Storm won 19 consecutive games before a 22-10 defeat to Parramatta last week. They led 10-6 but failed to score a point in the second half.

Craig Bellamy's side completed just 69% of their sets and missed 34 tackles.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Craig Bellamy has rested Cameron Munster, Kenny Bromwich, Felise Kaufusi and Christian Welch. Chris Lewis, Aaron Pene, Jordan Grant and Cooper Johns all come into the side.

Dale Finucane (concussion) and Nelson Asofa-Solomona (hamstring) are back in the side.

Jesse Bromwich (suspension) is out with Tui Kamikamica coming into the starting side.

Josh Addo-Carr (hamstring) is injured which sees Dean Ieremia come onto the wing. 

George Jennings (knee) was a late withdrawal with Isaac Lumelume to start on the wing, while Cooper Johns replaces Ryley Jacks on the bench.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 5. Dean Ieremia, 3. Marion Seve, 4. Justin Olam, 21. Isaac Lumelume, 6. Nicho Hynes, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Tui Kamikamica, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11. Aaron Pene, 12. Chris Lewis, 13. Dale Finucane, 14. Harry Grant, 15. Tepai Moeroa, 16. Jordan Grant, 18. Cooper Johns, 19. Daniel Atkinson, 20. Trent Loiero

Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm FAQ

Where can I watch the Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm live stream?

Our live streaming calendar shows you where to watch the Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm live stream.

What time does Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm start?

The Round 25 clash is being played at Cbus Super Stadium at 6.00pm AEDT on Friday, September 3.

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Verdict

Cronulla and Melbourne are expected to produce under 46.5 total points on the Gold Coast.

Best Bet: Under 46.5 Total Points $1.95 at bet365 Australia - 3 Units
Value Bet: Under 40.5 Total Points $2.75 at Unibet Australia - 1 Unit

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