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  • Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys expert predictions for Sunday’s Round 7 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 4:05 PM at PointsBet Stadium
  • Action-packed match anticipated due to shaky defensive line of both.
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Cronulla Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys
Cronulla's recent dominance ove North Queensland is too big to ignore. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys, Round 7 2024 - Expert Prediction


The Cronulla Sharks are the best team in the NRL after the first 6 rounds of footy and they will keep it that way when they get what has become a routine victory over the Cowboys over the past 6 seasons.
  • Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys, Round 7 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head
  • Cronulla Sharks Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • North QLD Cowboys Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • North QLD Cowboys Team News
  • North QLD Cowboys Team List
  • Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys NRL 2024 Round 7 FAQ’s

Some statistics and trends can be ignored but when a team has lost ten straight against an opponent the red flags flash. Besides the Sharks choking against the Cowboys in the finals in 2022, they have had a distinct edge over the Northerners, winning six-of-ten games 13+. 

With there being no real case for the Cowboys to beat the Sharks after they are coming off a disappointing loss to Parra last week, I have to side with Cronulla in this game, because as the old saying goes, “Stats don’t lie”.

This game has the real potential to be a typical Cowboy shootout and I am liking the number at 44.50 points and the probability of the Over. Both of these clubs are unstable in their defensive line and leaking 20+ points in most of their games this season. They are also both very strong in attack, which screams Overs.

I can see Cowboys looking for success down the side of debutant Samuel Stonetreet, who will likely be up against the combination of Val Holmes and Semi Valemei, with Murray Taulagi ruled out. Holmes will do all the work and draw in the youngster leaving a free path for the Fijian on the wing.

  • Cronulla has beaten North Queensland in their past 10 regular season games.
  • North Queensland has conceded 20+ points in each of their past 5 matches. 
  • Cronulla has conceded 22+ points in each of their past 3 matches.
  • Cronulla has scored 26 or more points in their past 8 games against North Queensland.

Head to Head

 
Cronulla’s dominance over North Queensland is staggering with the Sharks beating the Cowboys in their past 10 regular season games. The only victory that North Queensland has had over Cronulla in the past 5 years was in week 1 of the finals in 2022.

Cronulla turned the Cowboys gun on them in both games last season winning by 38 points in round 9 and 20 points in round 25.

Cronulla Sharks Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
4-14-12-3

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
17.92-32-02-1

The Sharks are 4-1 after the first six rounds and are on top of the NRL ladder, but how good are they with their loss coming to Wests in a 32-6 drubbing. Cronulla have beaten two current top-eight teams this season and have put on plenty of points against their bottom-eight opponents. 

Similar to the Cowboys, defence is the question with the Sharks, conceding an average of 25.33 points per game in their last 3 games, which shows a real vulnerability in their defensive line. 

Cronulla also allow their opponents to run for 1,435.4 metres per game which is only as good as eleventh best in the league.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


21-year-old Samuel Stonestreet will make his NRL debut on the wing, replacing Sione Katoa who is suspended.

Braden Hamlin-Uele returns to the bench in the No. 17 jersey.

Cronulla Sharks Team List


1. Will Kennedy
2. Samuel Stonestreet
3. Jesse Ramien
4. Kayal Iro
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Braydon Trindall 
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. Toby Rudolf
16. Sifa Talakai
17. Braden Hamlin-Uele

Reserves
18. Daniel Atkinson
19.Tukupa-Ke Hau Tapuha
20. Kade Dykes
21. Billy Burns
22. Mawene Hiroti

North QLD Cowboys Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
3-21-44-1

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
-4.35-11-13-1

There are questions surrounding the Cowboys this season, wondering if they are the real deal or not. The jury is still out on that one after they took a 7-point loss to the Eels in round 6, giving up the early lead twice in the match. 

The Cowboys have no problems in attack, leading the league with an average of 29.5 points per game, however, the problem lies in their defence. The Cowboys are allowing their opposition to score the third-most of any team in the NRL, conceding an average of 24.8 points per game, and generally in short, quick succession.

North QLD Cowboys Team News


Murray Taulagi has been sidelined and will be replaced by Semi Valemei, otherwise the Cowboys fill the same 1-17 as last week.

North QLD Cowboys Team List


1. Scott Drinkwater
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Valentine Holmes
4. Tom Chester
5. Semi Valemei
6. Tom Dearden
7. Chad Townsend
8. Jordan McLean
9. Reece Robson
10. Jason Taumalolo
11. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki
12. Jeremiah Nanai
13. Reuben Cotter

Interchange
14. Jake Granville
15. Griffin Neame
16. Sam McIntyre
17. Jack Gosiewski

Reserves
18. Jake Clifford
19. Thomas Mikaele
20. Marly Bitungane
21. Jamal Shibasaki
22. Viliami Vailea

Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys NRL 2024 Round 7 FAQ’s

How to watch Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys NRL 2024 Round 7?

You can watch the Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys NRL 2024 Round 7 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 Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys NRL 2024 Round 7?

To buy tickets to the Cronulla Sharks vs North QLD Cowboys NRL 2024 Round 7 game check the NRL website or the official Cronulla Sharks site.

Verdict

Cronulla will extend their regular season winning streak to 11 games over the Cowboys on Sunday in a match that will see plenty of tries.
 
With the Sharks starting with a rookie on their right wing, expect Semi Valamei to cross the line.
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