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Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters Tips - Sharks survive Roosters attack in NRL Elimination Final

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Last updated: 08 Sep 2023
Jeremy Darke 08 Sep 2023
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  • Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters predictions for Saturday’s NRL game
  • The Sharks have won 4 of their last 5 games at Pointsbet Stadium.
  • Will the Sharks beat the Roosters for the second time in 2023?
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Ronaldo Mulitalo led the Sharks with 20 tries in 2023. (Getty Images)
  • Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Cronulla Sharks Form
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • Sydney Roosters Form
  • Sydney Roosters Team News
  • Sydney Roosters Team List

Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters Tips


The Roosters will return to Pointsbet Stadium for the second time in 2023 in hope of avenging their Round 7 loss to the Sharks.

Most bookmakers have this game as a dead heat, giving punters the chance to flip a coin and pick a winner. Both teams have finished the season strong, but you would have to say that the pressure is on the Sharks to win this week considering no one gave Sydney a fighting chance to make the eight two months ago. 

The question is do the Sharks bounce back from getting bundled out of the finals in straight sets in 2022. I say yes they do. 

Both teams haven't been great against top-8 sides this season, however the Cronulla have been a much better side at Shark Park this season and it is the home-field advantage that gives them the edge. 

It is a low total of 40.5 points and I will be following the trend of OVERS when these two sides meet. Ronaldo Mulitano has scored 5 tries in his last 5 games and he will be my ATS in this game too.

  • Cronulla won their previous match against Sydney by 10 points in round seven, 2023. 
  • The Roosters have averaged just 18 points in attack when playing away from home.
  • The OVER has hit in 5 of the last six games between the Sharks and the Roosters.
  • Ronaldo Mulitano led the Sharks with 20 tries in 2023 and has scored 5 tries in his last 5 games for the Sharks.

Head to Head

 
The Sharks won by ten points when they met the Roosters in round 7 this season, however, it was Sydney that led at halftime, despite Nat butcher getting sin-binned in the 14th minute. 

Brandon Smith was also binned with five minutes left to play, with Briton Nikora scoring just one minute after to seal the win for the Sharks, at Shark Park.

The loss for the Roosters was their first against the Sharks in eight games, not losing to Cronulla since round 17, 2017.

Cronulla Sharks Form


The Sharks closed out the 2023 season with an important and dominant 26-6 victory over the Raiders to secure a home final this weekend. 

The win against the Raiders was Cronulla’s fourth in five games, giving them the momentum and confidence they need heading into do-or-die footy.

Nicho Hynes has been the catalyst for the Sharks all season long with 26 try assists and 31 linebreak assists in 2023.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


Connor Tracey has been named at fullback besides coming off the field early against the Raiders with a knee complaint. William Kennedy has been named in the reserves and could be a late inclusion. 

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

Interchange

14. Jack Williams
15. Royce Hunt
16. Tom Hazelton
17. Oregon Kaufusi 

Reserves

18. Kayal Iro
19. Daniel Atkinson
20. Jesse Colquhoun
21. Will Kennedy
​​​​​​​22. Matt Moylan

Sydney Roosters Form


The Roosters dug deep in the back end of the season winning six of their last seven games to qualify for the finals in the final round of the home-and-away season. 

All punters and experts had written the Chooks off midway through the season, but they finished the year better than any team in the comp, averaging 29.6 points in attack and just 12.4 points in defence in their last 5 games and going undefeated.

Sydney Roosters Team News


Daniel Tupou pulled his hammy in the Roosters win against the Bunnies and will miss this match. Fetalaiga Pauga has been named in his absence.

Joseph Manu will return from his minor hamstring strain after missing last week.

Sydney Roosters Team List


1. James Tedesco
2. Fetalaiga Pauga
3. Billy Smith
4. Joseph Manu
5. Joseph Suaalii
6. Luke Keary
7. Sam Walker
8. Fletcher Baker
9. Brandon Smith
10. Lindsay Collins
11. Siua Wong
12. Nat Butcher
13. Victor Radley

Interchange

14. Sandon Smith 
15. Egan Butcher
16. Terrell May
17. Angus Crichton

Reserves

18. Drew Hutchison
19. Naufahu Whyte
20. Corey Allan
21. Jaxson Paulo
​​​​​​​22. Dylan Napa

Verdict

The Sharks will survive the attack of the Roosters and make it through to the second round of the NRL Finals. This game will open up in a back and forth battle which will push the total over 40.5 points. Ronaldo Mulitano will continue his try scoring form in 2023 and cross for a try.
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