The Cronulla Sharks take on North Queensland Cowboys in NRL Round 16 at Jubilee Stadium on Saturday. The Sharks have finals aspirations, while the Cowboys have lost eight in a row heading into this game.
Sharks Form & Team News
The Cronulla Sharks are holding onto 8th spot on the NRL ladder. The Sharks beat the Warriors 46-10, St George Illawarra 28-24 and Brisbane 36-26 before a tough loss 14-12 loss against Parramatta.
They bounced back with a 30-18 win against the Titans but suffered a disappointing 38-12 defeat against the Panthers last week.
Cronulla were 16-0 down when Jesse Ramien scored and 38-6 down when Connor Tracey scored. The 13-9 error count and 6-3 ruck infringements didn’t help their chances.
Chad Townsend and Jackson Ferris should be available in the coming weeks with centre Bronson Xerri stood down.
Keep an eye on late mail surrounding Moylan and Fifita. Andrew Fifita is pushing to return from a broken finger after training with the top squad for almost two weeks. The Tongan prop has been sidelined since round nine.
Moylan has been included on an extended bench after a disappointing defensive display against the Panthers.
Connor Tracey replaces Moylan at five-eighth and Shaun Johnson returns at halfback in place of Braydon Trindall.
Braden Hamlin-Uele starts at prop, moving Toby Rudolf to lock and Scott Sorensen to the bench. Briton Nikora returns in the back row with Siosifa Talakai back to the interchange.
1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Connor Tracey 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Siosifa Talakai 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Jack Williams 17. Royce Hunt 18. Teig Wilton 19. Bryson Goodwin 20. Matt Moylan 21. Andrew Fifita
North Queensland Cowboys Form & Team News
North Queensland Cowboys have had a poor season at 3-12 after 15 games. They have lost their last eight games including 42-4 against Parramatta, 42-16 against the Roosters and 30-10 against the Tigers.
The Cowboys went close in a 31-30 loss to the Rabbitohs before a 12-0 loss against Newcastle last week. It was the first time they failed to score all season.
Jason Taumalolo is expected to be out for four weeks with a calf strain. Gun hooker Reece Robson won't play again in 2020 due to a hamstring tear.
Valentine Holmes returns after surgery following the Round 9 clash with the Roosters. Murray Taulagi is set to make his first start in the centres and five-eighth Daejarn Asi will play his third NRL game.
Jason Taumalolo is replaced by at lock Josh McGuire with Francis Molo starting in the front row. Tom Gilbert has been recalled to the interchange bench and Peter Hola is back in the reserves.
1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Murray Taulagi 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Michael Morgan 8. Francis Molo 9. Reuben Cotter 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Josh McGuire 14. Jake Granville 15. John Asiata 16. Tom Gilbert 17. Corey Jensen 18. Shane Wright 19. Jake Clifford 20. Connelly Lemuelu 21. Peter Hola
Sharks vs Cowboys Head to Head
Cronulla Sharks have a 31-18 advantage against North Queensland Cowboys in 49 games. The Sharks have won their last four games against the Cowboys including a 26-16 victory in June.
Sharks vs Cowboys Odds
Cronulla Sharks are $1.26 favourites at Unibet with North Queensland Cowboys available at $4.20. The line is currently set around 9.5 points.
Sharks vs Cowboys Stats
- Cronulla Sharks have won 2 of their last 3 games at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
- Cronulla Sharks have not lost consecutive games since Round 3.
- Cronulla Sharks’ Jesse Ramien has scored 6 tries in his last 8 games.
- Cronulla Sharks have won their last 4 games against North Queensland Cowboys.
- Cronulla Sharks have won by 10+ points in 3 of their last 4 games against North Queensland Cowboys.
- North Queensland Cowboys have lost their last 8 games.
- North Queensland Cowboys have lost by 10+ points in 6 of their last 8 games.