2023 NRL Preview Round 8: Bulldogs Vs Sharks

Matt Attard previews the Saturday evening clash between Canterbury-Bankstown and Cronulla-Sutherland.



Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney
Date: Sunday October 2, 7:30pm


Bulldogs: 1. Hayze Perham 2. Declan Casey 3. Jake Averillo 4. Paul Alamoti 5. Braidon Burns 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Matt Burton 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Tevita Pangai Junior 11. Corey Waddell 12. Jacob Preston 13. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 14. Josh Reynolds 15. Jayden Okunbor 16. Andrew Davey 17. Ryan Sutton 19. Karl Oloapu 20. Jackson Topine 21. Samuel Hughes 22. Jeral Skelton 23. Reece Hoffman

Sharks: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Oregon Kaufusi 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Wade Graham 15. Jack Williams 16. Royce Hunt 17. Thomas Hazelton 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Connor Tracey 20. Tuku Hau Tapuha 21. Mawene Hiroti 22. Jayden Berrell

Referee: Chris Sutton

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Another week, another key player injured for Cameron Ciraldo’s Bulldogs. It has now become a justified excuse after they lost another three players for this weekend’s clash with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

Make no mistake, they will continue to dig deep but they simply don’t have the personnel to be winning many matches at the moment. Especially against a team as impressive as the Sharks.

Nicho Hynes will surely clinch an Origin jersey on current form and perhaps another Dally M medal. They are such a well balanced and drilled team that they will surely finish in the top four.

Their forwards are laying an excellent platform, allowing their dangerous outside backs go run rampant. Ronaldo Mulitalo is such a threat on the wing and both centres – Siosifa Talakai and Jesse Ramien – are in superb form.

The Sharks comfortably won both clashes last year: 18-6 (Round 16) and 16-0 (Round 24). They also won this year’s Pre-Season Challenge trial 36-16.

At full strength it would be a hard task for the Dogs to come out in top, let alone as undermanned as they are now. It’s hard to go past a big Sharks win.


Bulldogs 3, Sharks 7


Sharks by 18 points.

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