2023 NRL Preview Round 24: Sharks Vs Titans

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 24 clash between the Titans and Sharks.

MATCHDAY NEWS

MATCHDAY SCHEDULE

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Vs Gold Coast Titans
Venue: PointsBet Stadium
Date: Friday August 11, 18:00

MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS

Sharks: 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. Cameron McInnes 14. Jack Williams 15. Royce Hunt 16. Jesse Colquhoun 17. Matt Moylan 18. Mawene Hiroti 19. Tuku Hau Tapuha 20. Daniel Atkinson 21. Kayal Iro 22. Jayden Berrell

Titans: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 3. Brian Kelly 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Phillip Sami 6. Kieran Foran 7. Tanah Boyd 8. Jaimin Jolliffe 9. Chris Randall 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. David Fifita 12. Joe Stimson 13. Erin Clark 14. Kruise Leeming 15. Isaac Liu 16. Klese Haas 17. Keano Kini 18. Iszac Fa’asumaleaui 19. Thomas Weaver 20. Jacob Alick 21. Joseph Vuna 22. Tony Francis

Referee: Ashley Klein

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MATCHDAY PREVIEW

Two changes for the Sharks who are coming off a much-needed win over the Rabbitohs last week. Ronaldo Mulitalo is back on the wing after missing last week with a jaw injury, with Mawene Hiroti dropping back to 18th man. Jesse Colquhoun also returns on the bench, replacing Thomas Hazelton who is out with concussion.

Titans captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui is back on deck, returning from suspension in a straight swap at prop for Moeaki Fotuaika is out now with suspension. AJ Brimson will miss another week with a rib injury, Jaimin Jolliffe is back from a broken hand with Isaac Liu dropping back to the bench and Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui to 18th man. Kruise Leeming is the new man on the bench with Sam Verrills now set to miss the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery.

After much criticism of their record against top eight sides, the Sharks got one back in an impressive 26-16 victory over the Rabbitohs in Round 23. That win keeps them two points clear of the logjam at the bottom of the top eight, but this is another must win for Cronulla against a team that is all but out of the finals race.

The Titans were incredibly brave last week in a 28-18 loss to the red-hot Warriors. Despite Fotuaika being sent off early, Gold Coast manage to hang in the majority of the match, but the fatigue of playing a man down eventually caught up to them. Despite the loss, they would have taken plenty of confidence out of that effort and will believe they’re a great chance of knocking off the Sharks at home.

It won’t be easy, however, as the Sharks hold the wood over their opponents in recent times, winning the last eight clashes between the two sides. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui will provide a big boost for his side and the Titans will need him, David Fifita, and the rest of the forwards to win the battle against their opposition pack.

LAST TEN MATCHES

Sharks 8, Titans 2

MATCHDAY PREDICTION

Sharks by 8 points.

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