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PREVIEW | Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

The Sharks are looking for their fifth straight win when they host the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Cronulla Sharks

The Sharks have won their last four consecutive matches, last week coming back in the second half to defeat the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium. Cronulla has had some of their biggest players out in recent weeks, including their captains. The Sharks came back in the second 40 minutes, scoring 16 unanswered points, defeating the Raiders 24-16.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have struggled so far this season, winning just three of their matches this season. However, they won their last match last weekend against the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium. The side had lost their previous three matches before they defeated the Eels 20 points to 12.

SQUAD NEWS

Cronulla Sharks

Jayson Bukuya and Paul Gallen have been named to make a return to the starting side, while Luke Lewis and Josh Dugan have been named on the extended bench, however, are still in doubt to play on Sunday afternoon. The Cronulla side is otherwise unchanged from their line up against the Raiders last weekend.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Clay Priest replaces Danny Fualalo on the interchange bench. The Bulldogs side is otherwise unchanged after their win against the Parramatta Eels last weekend.

PREVIEW

In the final match of round 11 for the 2018 season, the Cronulla Sharks will host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Southern Cross Group Stadium. The Sharks are looking for their fifth straight victory, and are welcoming back captain Paul Gallen who has been out for the last four weeks after suffering an injury.

The Sharks have started to find form in recent weeks after struggling to gel new partnerships as a result of the players they gained and lost over the offseason. Matt Moylan and Chad Townsend are the new halves partnership and in the last few rounds have started to gel together, which has assisted the squad in their four consecutive wins.

The Bulldogs have struggled with the opening ten rounds of the season, winning just three of their matches. Canterbury-Bankstown won their match against the Eels last weekend and gave them much needed confidence that will potentially improve their performances in the coming weeks, starting with their match against the Sharks.

 

KEY STAT

In the last nine matches the Sharks and the Bulldogs have played together, the Sharks have won five of them.

SQUADS

Cronulla Sharks

1 Valentine Holmes 2- Sosaia Feki 3- Jessie Ramien 4- Ricky Leutele 5- Edrick Lee 6- Matt Moylan 7 Chad Townsend 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Jayden Brailey 10 Matt Prior 11 Kurt Capewell 12 Jayson Bukuya 13 Paul Gallen © Interchange 14 Joseph Paulo 15 James Segeyaro 16 Ava Seumanufagai 17 Jack Williams

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

1. Moses Mbye 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Will Hopoate 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Matt Frawley 7. Kieran Foran 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. David Klemmer 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Rhyse Martin 14. Adam Elliott 15. Clay Priest 16. Renouf To’omaga 17. Kerrod Holland 19. Greg Eastwood 20. John Olive 21. Asipeli Fine 23. Michael Lichaa

 

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Sunday, May 20

Venue: Southern Cross Group Stadium

Time: 4:10 PM

 

WHO WILL WIN?

While the Bulldogs had an important win last round that will potentially boost their confidence as a team, the Sharks have been impressive over the last few weeks, and the Bulldogs may struggle against them at Southern Cross Group Stadium. Sharks by 8.

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