Chloe Schibeci previews the Sunday evening game between the Sharks and the Warriors. This is what we have to look forward to.
With just three games left in the regular competition, the Sharks are looking for a win to solidify their place in the top eight. Cronulla lost by 28 points to the Newcastle Knights last weekend, which put their finals spot in jeopardy. A win against the Warriors is important, and if they get the two competition points, they will see the finals.
New Zealand Warriors
The Warriors are just four competition points outside the top eight. If they win against Cronulla, they are in a better position to just make the top eight. In their last three games, they have won two; one against the Bulldogs and one against the Knights. Last weekend, however, they suffered a six-point loss to the Parramatta Eels.
1. William 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. Siosifa Talakai, 13. Toby Rudolf, 14. Teig Wilton, 15. Jack Williams, 16. Andrew Fifita, 17. Royce Hunt, 18. Scott Sorensen, 9. Bryson Goodwin, 20. Braydon Trindall, 21. Billy Magoulias
New Zealand Warriors
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Adam Pompey, 3. Hayze Perham, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. George Jennings, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 9. Karl Lawton, 10. Isaiah Papali’i, 11. Jack Murchie, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Jazz Tevaga, 14. Wayde Egan, 15. Adam Blair, 16. Daniel Alvaro, 17. Lachlan Burr, 18. Josh Curran, 20. Paul Turner, 21. Tom Ale, 22. Gerard Beale
The Sharks are dominant in the history between these two clubs, winning 22 from 37 recent games; the Warriors have won 15. In their two most recent games, the Sharks have scored over 40 points. Their last game was in mid-July, Cronulla winning by 36 points.
BATTLE TO WATCH
William Kennedy v Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Tuivasa-Sheck made his NRL debut in 2012 for the Roosters, before moving to the Warriors in 2016. He is a talented and invaluable player for the Warriors, and his performances can contribute massively to the outcome of a game for his side. Will Kennedy made his debut only a year ago with the Sharks and has proven himself as an up and coming NRL fullback. The experience of Tuivasa-Sheck versus the youth of Kennedy at fullback will be an interesting battle that could be a defining element in the Sunday night clash.
Date: Sunday, 13 September
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick-off: 6:30 PM