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NRL match preview: Canterbury Bulldogs vs Cronulla Sharks

Date: Monday 17th March 2014
Kick-off: 7:00pm (Sydney)

Teams

Bulldogs: 1 Sam Perrett 2 Mitch Brown 3 Josh Morris 4 Chase Stanley 5 Corey Thompson 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Ennis (c) 10 James Graham 11 Frank Pritchard (c) 12 Tony Williams 13 Dale Finucane Interchange 14 Josh Jackson 15 Pat O’Hanlon 16 Tim Browne 17 David Klemmer 19 Moses Mbye

Sharks: 1 Michael Gordon 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Blake Ayshford 4 Ricky Leutele 5 Jonathan Wright 6 Todd Carney 7 Daniel Holdsworth 8 Andrew Fifita 9 John Morris 10 Bryce Gibbs 11 Matt Prior  12 Wade Graham (c) 13 Tinirau Arona Interchange 14 Isaac De Gois 15 Sam Tagataese 16 Tupou Sopoaga 17 Siosaia Vave 22 Chris Heighington

Preview

The Sharks were again brave in defeat last Monday night, narrowly going down to the Titans 18-12.

Cronulla clearly lacked direction without five-eighth Todd Carney, and they will have to again  try and produce a win without the superstar number six.

Michael Lichaa looks set to make his first grade debut on Monday night, which should help lessen the load on playmakers Michael Gordon and Wade Graham.

Luke Lewis will also be missing after having precautionary radiation treatment to remove an unwanted hormone from his body.  All of rugby league with Luke the best in his recovery.

The Bulldogs were also narrowly beaten in round one and will want to put their disappointing performance against the Broncos behind them as they look to open their 2014 account.  Their biggest task will be to convert pressure into points, something that proved costly in round one.  Again they will rely on Frank Pritchard to get cranky, and to give his side the momentum.

With no Todd Carney, Paul Gallen or Andrew Fifita for the Sharks, the Bulldogs will head into the match as clear favourites however the Sharks shouldn’t be written off based on their injury toll.

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