St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks Betting Tips & Match Preview
The winless St George Illawarra Dragons will bid to get their season belatedly up and running when they host fellow strugglers Cronulla Sharks at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday.
The final game of NRL Round 5 pits bottom of the ladder Dragons, who are 0-4 for the season, against the Sharks, who scored their first win with an upset at the North Queensland Cowboys last week.
Dragons Form & Team News
The Dragons have had a disastrous start to the season with the 22-2 defeat at the hands of the Canterbury Bulldogs last weekend making it four losses from as many games as pressure continues to mount on coach Paul McGregor.
Brayden Wiliame is ruled out with a calf injury, so Euan Aitken replaces him. Tariq Sims will miss out with a wrist problem, and Tyrell Fuimaono comes into the second row. Matt Dufty is named on the interchange bench.
The St George team for Sunday can be found below:
1. Corey Norman, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Zac Lomax, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Ben Hunt, 7. Adam Clune, 8. Josh Kerr, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Tyrell Fuimaono, 13. James Graham. Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin, 15. Blake Lawrie, 16. Issac Luke, 17. Matthew Dufty. Reserves: 18. Jacob Host, 19. Jackson Ford, 20. Jason Saab, 21. Korbin Sims.
Sharks Form & Team News
The Sharks got their season going with a first win of the campaign last week when upsetting the Cowboys 26-16 at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, and the big question will be whether or not they can build on that impressive performance.
Chad Townsend and Andrew Fifita are both named despite being doubts with hamstring and calf injuries respectively. Matt Moylan moves to fullback to accommodate the return of Townsend, and the other changes see Mawene Hiroti replace injured wing Ronaldo Mulitalo and Toby Rudolf drop to the interchange.
The Cronulla team for Sunday can be found below:
1. Matt Moylan, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Mawene Hiroti, 6. Shaun Johnson, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Andrew Fifita, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Jack Williams. Interchange: 14. Connor Tracey, 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 16. Toby Rudolf, 17. Scott Sorensen. Reserves: 18. Siosifa Talakai, 19. Will Kennedy, 20. Royce Hunt, 21. Jackson Ferris.
Dragons v Sharks Head to Head
The Sharks have won the last two meetings with the Dragons, a 22-9 victory last May followed by a closer 18-12 success in August. It couldn't be closer in history, however, with the Dragons' 22 wins to 21 for the Sharks in 44 previous encounters with one draw.
Dragons v Sharks Betting Odds
The Sharks are $1.42 favourites with Sportsbet
to follow up last week's victory, with the Dragons $2.90 to score a first win of the season.
The line has been set at 6.5 points with the Sharks $1.91 to cover it.
Dragons v Sharks Match Up
The Dragons have scored just two points in their last two defeats - an 18-0 loss at the hands of the New Zealand Warriors followed by the 22-2 defeat the Bulldogs. Unless they can find a way to create more chances, this could well end up the same way. The Sharks ran the Cowboys ragged last week and it could be an ominous sign for the struggling St George side.
Dragons v Sharks Key Stats
- Cronulla Sharks have won the last two head to heads
- St George Illawarra Dragons have score just two points in the last two games combined
- The Dragons are the only winless side in the 2020 NRL season