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Last updated: 04 Aug 2023
Jeremy Darke 04 Aug 2023
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  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Cronulla Sharks predictions for Saturday's NRL game (19:35 AEST)
  • The last time the Sharks were held scoreless they met Souths the following week losing 22-32
  • How will the Sharks respond after last week’s 28-0 loss to Penrith?
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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Cronulla Sharks
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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Cronulla Sharks Tips


The second game of the double header at Optus Stadium will see South Sydney take on the Cronulla Sharks in what is anticipated to be a firecracker in Perth. 
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Cronulla Sharks Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Form
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List
  • Cronulla Sharks Form
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List

Both teams will look to get their season back on course after a rough period of late, which will need to be done sooner rather than later as the loser of this match will most likely be sitting outside of the 8 heading into round 24.

I expect this game to be a real shootout between the Rabbitohs and the Sharks and can see the Game Points Total and the Sharks Team Total getting smashed. Both teams have plenty of points in them and have been doing it tough defensively so we could be in for a real treat on Saturday night. 

Keaon Koloamatangi looked back to his best last week against the Tigers so I am backing him to score a try in consecutive weeks.

  • The Sharks have been held under 18 points just 5 times this season. 
  • Souths have conceded 18 points or more in 8 of their last 9 games.
  • 7 of the last 9 games involving the Rabbitohs has gone over the Game Total
  • The Sharks have conceded a try to a second-rower in their last 3 matches.

Head to Head 


South Sydney did enough to get a nine-point victory against Cronulla in round one this season 27-18.

The Rabbitohs have had the better of the Sharks in recent years, winning four of the last six since 2019.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Form


Souths looked the goods in the first-half against the Tigers last week, scoring four tries to one. However they let the Wests back in with a sniff in the beginning of the second half to make things much more tense than they needed to be. 

Souths got away with a 32-18 victory which was just their second win in their last six games. 

The return of Latrell Mitchell certainly boosted the Rabbits last week, but they will need to put together a full 80 mins if they are going to be considered serious contenders for the premiership.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team News


Both Hame Sele and Jacob Host drop out of the side, being replaced by Tom Burgess and Michael Chee Kam.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Team List


1. Latrell Mitchell
2. Alex Johnston
3. Isaiah Tass
4. Campbell Graham
5. Taane Milne
6. Cody Walker
7. Lachlan Ilias
8. Jai Arrow 
9. Damien Cook
10. Tom Burgess
11. Keaon Koloamatangi
12. Michael Chee Kam
13. Cameron Murray

Interchange

14. Davvy Moale
15. Siliva Havili
16. Jed Cartwright
17. Tallis Duncan

Reserves

18. Tyrone Munro
19. Jacob Host
20. Shaq Mitchell
21. Peter Mamouzelos
​​​​​​​22. Dean Hawkins

Cronulla Sharks Form


The Sharks are diving hard and fast out of the top 8 after losing 3 on the trot. Their most recent loss against the Panthers 28-0 has raised some big questions of Craig Fitzgibbon’s men, who were completely outclassed by the competition leaders. 

It was no surprise that the Sharks were held scoreless after only managing 12 tackles inside Penrith’s defensive 20.

No writeup should be complete without mentioning the gallant effort of Cam McInnes’ 84 tackle heroics against Penrith, which truly shows what a legend of the game he is, as well as the pure force of the Panther’s Possession and Territory in that match.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


In a massive loss for the Sharks, fullback Will Kennedy has been ruled out for an extended period. Connor Tracey will take up the role at the back and Ronaldo Mulitalo will return to the wing.

Jesse Colquhoun is back on the bench with Oregon Kaufusi dropping out of the side. 

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. Braden Hamlin-Uele
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Toby Rudolf
11. Briton Nikora
12. Wade Graham
13. Cam McInnes

Interchange

14. Jack Williams
15. Tom Hazelton
16. Royce Hunt
17. Jesse Colquhoun

Reserves

18. Matt Moylan
19. Kayal Iro
20. Mawene Hiroti
21. Tuku Hau Tapuha
​​​​​​​22. Daniel Atkinson

Verdict

Everything points towards plenty of points in Perth so we will see the Game Total and the Sharks’ Team Total hit against Souths.. Keaon Koloamatangi will cause trouble for the Cronulla on the right edge and cross for a try.

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