2024 NRL: Round 15 Preview, Sharks Vs Dolphins

Check out the match preview and prediction for the Round 15 clash between the Cronulla Sharks and The Dolphins.

MATCHDAY NEWS

MATCHDAY SCHEDULE

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Vs Dolphins
Venue: PointsBet Stadium, Sydney
Date: Thursday 13 June, 7:50pm

MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS

Sharks: 1. William Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Jesse Ramien, 4. Kayal Iro, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Braydon Trindall, 7. Nicho Hynes, 8. Toby Rudolf, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Oregon Kaufusi, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Siosifa Talakai, 13. Cameron McInnes, 14. Jack Williams, 15. Thomas Hazelton, 16. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 17. Royce Hunt, 18. Daniel Atkinson, 19. Tuku Hau Tapuha, 20. Mawene Hiroti, 21. Jayden Berrell, 22. Samuel Stonestreet

Dolphins: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 2. Jamayne Isaako, 3. Jake Averillo, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 5. Jack Bostock, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Isaiya Katoa, 8. Kenny Bromwich, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Felise Kaufusi, 11. Connelly Lemuelu, 12. Euan Aitken, 13. Max Plath, 14. Josh Kerr, 15. Mark Nicholls, 16. Ray Stone, 17. Kurt Donoghoe, 18. Oryn Keeley, 19. Sean O’Sullivan, 20. Jarrod Wallace, 21. Tesi Niu, 22. Trai Fuller

Referee: Todd Smith

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MATCHDAY PREVIEW

Kicking off round 15 on Thursday night is a top-four clash between the Sharks and Dolphins. The Dolphins come into this one well rested after a round 14 bye, while the Sharks are on the hunt for back-to-back wins after they accounted for the Broncos 22-12 at Suncorp Stadium last week.

For the Sharks, Nicho Hynes returns at halfback, pushing Daniel Atkinson back to 18th Man, and Braydon Trindall to five-eighth. Braden Hamlin-Uele returns on the bench at the expense of Tuku Hau Tapuha, who drops out of the 17.

This will be the first game for the Sharks back at PointsBet Stadium since they were held scoreless there in round 12 by the Panthers (42-0). Craig Fitzgibbon will be eager to give Sharks fans a better performance this time round. With Hynes returning and confidence up after a good road win last week, they look primed for a big game.

For the Dolphins, Origin stars Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Felise Kaufusi return after missing the round 13 loss to the Raiders. This shifts Mark Nicholls to the bench and Trai Fuller drops out of the 17. Kodi Nikorima returns at five-eighth after overcoming a calf injury, with Anthony Milford dropping out of the squad.

After exceeded expectations early in the season, the Dolphins find themselves in the top four. However, prior to their bye last week, they had recorded back-to-back losses. They’ve got their Origin stars back at a good time, because they’ll need to be at their best to beat the Sharks at home. In addition, this is the first game the Dolphins have in NSW this year and they don’t have a great track record there. They’ve played six games in NSW all-time and have a 1-5 record.

Head-to-head stats can be found at Number Crunch Stats.

MATCHDAY PREDICTION

Check out all the NRL Predictions here.

Sharks by 12 points.

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    Bennie Misikaram

    Nrl tips round 15.

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