NRL match preview: Warriors vs Sharks

Date: Sunday 10th August
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium
Kick-off: 2pm

Sam Tomkins, Tuimoala Lolohea, Ngani Laumape, Dane Nielsen, Manu Vatuvei, Chad Townsend, Thomas Leuluai, Jacob Lillyman, Nathan Friend, Suaia Matagi, Sione Lousi, Simon Mannering, Sebastine Ikahihifo. Interchange: Feleti Mateo, Ben Matulino, Sam Rapira, Jayson Bukuya, Ben Henry

Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Jonathan Wright, Ricky Leutele, Valentine Holmes, Fa’amanu Brown, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, Michael Lichaa, Sam Tagataese, Chris Heighington, Tupou Sopoaga, Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: Pat Politoni, Junior Roqica, Tinirau Arona, Matt Prior, Tim Robinson

After a comprehensive 54-18 thumping of the Canberra Raiders last weekend , the Warriors head back to Mt Smart Stadium to take on a Sharks side fighting to avoid the wooden spoon.

The Sharks injury woes have gone from bad to worse with Wade Graham , Luke Lewis and young standout winger Jacob Gagan all out for the remainder of the season through injury.

With Gagan out for the season , another Cronulla youngster in Valentine Holmes gets the chance to prove himself as a star in the making.

An impressive debut against the Eels last weekend and a new deal that will see him stay at Cronulla until the end of 2017, should give Holmes a huge amount of confidence heading into this clash against the Warriors.

With killer footwork and undeniable pace , Holmes poses a huge threat , if the Warriors fail to shut the youngster down.

For the Warriors , a clinical display against the Raiders will see them come into this match as red hot favourites and rightly so.

The Warriors forward pack has been at it’s best in recent weeks and accompanied with the constant improvement of Sam Tomkins at fullback , the Warriors are a huge chance not only in this match , but in the finals series this year.

Home ground advantage and recent form should play the biggest part in the result of this match. Without Graham and Lewis the Sharks may struggle to compete with the Warriors forwards. However with the natural talent of Holmes and Fa’amanu Brown , the Sharks shouldn’t be written off.

Warriors by 8.

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