2024 NRL: Round 7 Preview, Sharks Vs Cowboys

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 7 clash between the Sharks and Cowboys.

MATCHDAY NEWS

MATCHDAY SCHEDULE

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Vs North Queensland Cowboys
Venue: PointsBet Stadium, Sydney
Date: Sunday, April 21, 4:05 pm

MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS

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

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Tomas Chester 5. Semi Valemei 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Jason Taumalolo 11. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Griffin Neame 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Jack Gosiewski 18. Jake Clifford 19. Thomas Mikaele 20. Marly Bitungane 21. Jamal Shibasaki 22. Viliami Vailea

Referee: Adam Gee

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MATCHDAY PREVIEW

The Sharks will be looking to build on last week’s win over the Souths when they take the Cowboys on Sunday.

While they’ve had some good wins, their lapses in concentration are not a good sign for coach Craig Fitzgibbon. Against the Raiders in round 4, they were 18-nil in the first half before making a comeback. They let Souths get within six points before a try to Blayke Brailey sealed the game with two minutes remaining.

Sione Katoa will miss this weekend’s game after being suspended for one match. Sam Stronstreet will make his NRL debut on the wing. Braden Hamlin-Uele, who battled a knee injury to start the year, will return to the bench for his first game.

This season, the Cowboys are the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of the NRL. They are a great team when they’ve been on, but a few times this season, they have under-delivered. One performance even had coach Todd Payten saying they would struggle to beat group nine side (and Payten’s junior club) the Temora Dragons.

Semi Valemei will play his first game of the year, coming onto the wing for Murray Taulagi, who has a hamstring injury. Scott Drinkwater will play his 100th game as well.

Head-to-head stats can be found at Round 7 Number Crunch.

MATCHDAY PREDICTION

Sharks by 8 points.

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