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Last updated: 15 May 2024
Jeremy Darke 15 May 2024
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  • Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters expert predictions for Saturday’s Round 11 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 5:30 PM at Suncorp Stadium
  • Joey Manu's absence expected to slow down the Sydney Roosters and benefit the Cronulla Sharks
  • Preview, expert analysis, stats, team news & best bet
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How much will the bsence of Joseph Manu hurt the Roosters? (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters, Round 11 2024 - Expert Prediction

Cronulla will put up another big performance against a top-contender for the NRL Premiership when they cover the line as the underdog against the Roosters at Magic Round. 
  • Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters, Round 11 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head 
  • Cronulla Sharks Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • Sydney Roosters Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Sydney Roosters Team News
  • Sydney Roosters Team List
  • Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters NRL 2024 Round 11 FAQ’s

The Sharks impressed last week with a narrow victory in Melbourne without halfback Nicho Hynes. The 2022 Dally M medalist will return this week and that will give Cronulla the edge they need to cover the line by scoring over 18.5 points in the match. 

The influence of Joey Manu this season will be evident as the Roosters centre will miss the match which will slow down the Sydney attack and aid the cause of the Sharks covering the handicap. 

In Manu’s absence on the right-hand of the Roosters line, Cronulla left centre Kayal Iro will crash over for a try at Suncorp Stadium. 

  • Cronulla have covered the line in 8 of 9 games this season. 
  • Cronulla have scored over 18 points in 7 of 9 matches this season.
  • The Roosters have conceded 18 or more points in their past 7 matches this season.
  • Joey Manu will be missing on the right edge for the Roosters.

Head to Head 

The Roosters knocked the Sharks out of the NRL Finals in Week 1 last season by a 72nd minute Sam Walker field goal, breaking the 12-12 deadlock.

It was the second time Sydney and Cronulla played in 2023 with the Sharks getting a 22-12 victory back in Round 7.

Cronulla’s win in 2023 was the only time they have tasted victory against the Chooks in the past 5 seasons with Sydney leading the head to head record 5-1.

Cronulla Sharks Form Analysis & Betting Trends

Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+

The Sharks truly impressed in Round 10 stamping their authority at the top of the NRL ladder with a grinding 25-18 win over the Storm in Melbourne, without Nicho Hynes in the lineup. 

Cronulla muscled the Storm through the middle and tired out Melbournes forwards with hard direct running that had the Victorians out of puff for long periods of the match, especially at the end of both halves, with the Cronulla interchange doing the hard work for them. 

The Sharks have stepped up their game in 2024 and took an important scalp in Melbourne last week. The Cronulla defence has been impeccable over their past 4 matches, averaging just 8.5 points against per game. 

Cronulla Sharks Team News

Nicho Hynes returns after resting his calf last weekend against the Storm, with Jack Williams dropping out. 

Blayke Brailey and Cam McInnes move back into their usual roles at hooker and lock, respectively.

Tuku Hau Tapuha holds his spot in the side with Braden Hamlin-Uele dropping out of the side.

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

14. Jack Williams
15. Sifa Talakai
16. Royce Hunt
17. Tuku Hau Tapuha

18. Samuel Stonestreet
19. Mawene Hiroti
20. Braydon Trindall
21. Niwhai Puru
​​​​​​​22. Billy Burns

Sydney Roosters Form Analysis & Betting Trends

Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+

The Roosters took another scalp in gruesome fashion last weekend, beating the Warriors 28-18 for their third 13+ victory in a row on the back of their clinical attack. 

Sydney have scored 138 points in the past three matches giving them an average of 46 points per game. The Roosters backline has been unstoppable with Luke Keary and Sam Walker shifting early and letting Joey Manu and Dom Young do their damage. The Chooks have been slicing through their opposition all over the field recording a whopping 17 Linebreaks in the past three games.

The Roosters defence has also been a key to their success over the past few weeks, conceding just 18 points in each of their past four matches with their season average also sitting at 18.1 points allowed per game, which is fifth-best in the NRL.

Sydney Roosters Team News

Massive blow for the attack of the Roosters with Joey Manu sidelined this week, being replaced by Fetalaiga Pauga.

Brandon Smith is back in at hooker and Connor Watson returns to the bench with Sandon Smith serving a one-match ban. 

Sydney Roosters Team List

1. James Tedesco
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Joseph Suaalii
4. Fetalaiga Pauga
5. Dom Young
6. Luke Keary
7. Sam Walker
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Brandon Smith 
10. Lindsay Collins
11. Angus Crichton
12. Nat Butcher
13. Victor Radley

14. Connor Watson
15. Egan Butcher
16. Spencer Leniu
17. Terrell May

18. Zach Dockar-Clay
19. Naufahu Whyte
20. Sitili Tupouniua
21. Ethan King
​​​​​​​22. Siua Wong

Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters NRL 2024 Round 11 FAQ’s

How to watch Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters NRL 2024 Round 11?

You can watch the Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters NRL 2024 Round 11 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 Sydney Roosters NRL 2024 Round 11?

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The Sharks will cover the 4.5 points as the underdog by scoring over 3 converted tries in the match.
Kayal Iro will attack Fetalaiga Pauga who is filling in for the injured Joey Manu and will score a try.
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