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  • Cronulla Sharks vs St George Dragons expert predictions for Sunday’s Round 9 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 4:05 PM at PointsBet Stadium
  • Nicho Hynes will be influential in the Sharks win.
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Nicho Hynes
Nicho Hynes powering back to his Dally M form. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Cronulla Sharks vs St George Dragons, Round 9 2024 - Expert Prediction


The Cronulla Sharks have been the kings of the Shire for a long while now and their reign will continue on Sunday with another win over the rivals the St. George Dragons. 
  • Cronulla Sharks vs St George Dragons, Round 9 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head
  • Cronulla Sharks Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • St George Dragons Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • St George Dragons Team News
  • St George Dragons Team List
  • Cronulla Sharks vs St George Dragons NRL 2024 Round 9 FAQ’s

The Sharks score the most points in the NRL and concede the least so it is no wonder that they sit on the top of the ladder in 2024 after the opening 8 rounds of footy. Nicho Hynes has been at his absolute best guiding the attack of the Sharks and plucking out the weakness in the opposition defensive line. 

Hynes will lead Cronulla to another win, covering the first half handicap of 5.5 points as favourites. William Kennedy will do his part by scoring a try which will aid in the Sharks putting up over 28.5 points on the Dragons.

  • Cronulla have won 9 of the past 10 games against St. George.
  • Nicho Hynes had 8 Linebreak Assists and 6 Try Assists in 2 matches against the Dragons last season.
  • Cronulla averages 38 points over their past 4 matches.
  • Will Kennedy has scored 6 tries in his past 6 games against St. George.

Head to Head

 
The Sharks annihilated the Dragons in both matches during the 2023 season, crushing the Shire rivals 40-8 in round 4 and 52-16 in round 18. 

The Sharks have also dominated the last 5 years of head to head battles winning 9 of 10 matches played since the 2019 season.

Cronulla Sharks Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form


2024 Betting Trends


It was the Nicho Hynes show last week when the Sharks blanked the Raiders 40-0 with the 2022 Dally M medalist scoring a try, setting up 2 and creating 3 linebreaks in the match. Everything went through the Sharks halfback and rightfully so as Hynes looks to be in the same touch he was two seasons ago. 

The Sharks are on top of the ladder with a 6-1 record on the back of their electric attack that tops the league with an average of 28.4 points per game. The Sharks defence is also returning to its form of a couple of years back, as Cronulla concedes the least amount of points per game in the NRL, allowing their opponents an average of just 14.3 points and 3.9 Linebreaks, which is third-best.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


Toby Rudolph returns to the interchange bench with Tuku Hau Tapuha dropped to 18th man.

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. Tuku Hau Tapuha
19. Mawene Hiroti
20. Samuel Stonestreet
21. Royce Hunt
22. Billy Burns

St George Dragons Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
3-23-22-3

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
29.53-52-02-4

The Dragons have had a new image under the guidance of Shane Flanagan winning four of their opening seven matches with their new coach shaking up the culture at the club. 

Although St George did return to their old habits on Anzac Day, getting hammered by the Roosters 60-18, putting in no effort into their defence and letting Sam Walker run all over them. Shane Flanagan will be disappointed in how they let the scorline get away from them in such fashion after they had been performing well of late. 

St George Dragons Team News


Moses Suli left the game against the Roosters with concussion and will miss this week. 

Zac Lomax will move back into the centres with the return of Mikaele Ravalawa returning on the wing.

St George Dragons Team List


1. Tyrell Sloan
2. Christian Tuipulotu
3. Jack Bird
4. Zac Lomax
5. Mikaele Ravalawa
6. Kyle Flanagan
7. Ben Hunt 
8. Francis Molo
9. Jacob Liddle
10. Hame Sele
11. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
12. Jaydn Su'A
13. Tom Eisenhuth

Interchange
14. Fa'amanu Brown
15. Blake Lawrie
16. Jack de Belin
17. Ben Murdoch-Masila

Reserves
18. Michael Molo
19. Mathew Feagai
20. Toby Couchman
21. Luciano Leilua
22. Jesse Marschke

Cronulla Sharks vs St George Dragons NRL 2024 Round 9 FAQ’s

How to watch Cronulla Sharks vs St George Dragons NRL 2024 Round 9?

You can watch the Cronulla Sharks vs St George Dragons NRL 2024 Round 9 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 St George Dragons NRL 2024 Round 9?

To buy tickets to the Cronulla Sharks vs St George Dragons NRL 2024 Round 9 game check the NRL website or the official Cronulla Sharks site.

Verdict

Will Kennedy will score at least once as the Sharks put up over 28.5 points on the Dragons and cover the first half line of 5.5 points.
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