Round 19: Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders Preview

Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders
Southern Cross Stadium
Friday 20th July, 2018
6pm AEST

Team Lists 
  • Valentine Holmes
    Fullback for is number 1Brad Abbey
  • Winger for is number 2Sione Katoa
    Winger for is number 2Nick Cotric
  • Centre for is number 3Jesse Ramien
    Centre for is number 3Michael Oldfield
  • Centre for is number 4Ricky Leutele
    Centre for is number 4Joseph Leilua
  • Winger for is number 5Edrick Lee
    Winger for is number 5Jordan Rapana
  • Five-Eighth for is number 6Matt Moylan
    Five-Eighth for is number 6Sam Williams
  • Halfback for is number 7Chad Townsend
    Halfback for is number 7Aidan Sezer

FORWARDS

  • Prop for is number 8Andrew Fifita
    Prop for is number 8Dunamis Lui
  • Hooker for is number 9Jayden Brailey
    Hooker for is number 9Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for is number 10Matt Prior
    Prop for is number 10Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for is number 11Scott Sorensen
    2nd Row for is number 11Iosia Soliola
  • 2nd Row for is number 12Wade Graham
    2nd Row for is number 12Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for is number 13Paul Gallen
    Lock for is number 13Josh Papalii

INTERCHANGE

  • Interchange for is number 14Joseph Paulo
    Interchange for is number 14Blake Austin
  • Interchange for is number 15James Segeyaro
    Interchange for is number 15Luke Bateman
  • Interchange for is number 16Aaron Woods
    Interchange for is number 16Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for is number 17Jayson Bukuya
    Interchange for is number 17Liam Knight

RESERVES

  • Reserve for is number 18Ava Seumanufagai
    Reserve for is number 18Craig Garvey
  • Reserve for is number 19Sosaia Feki
    Reserve for is number 19Jack Murchie
  • Reserve for is number 20Kurt Dillon
    Reserve for is number 20Royce Hunt
  • Reserve for is number 21Kyle Flanagan
    Reserve for is number 21Emre Guler
Match Preview

The Sharks and the Raiders are the first match on Friday Night in the Sutherland Shire, as the Sharks look to temporarily jump into the top 4 while the Raiders try to keep some serious pressure on the teams drifting into the clutches of their clutches. Both teams are coming off wins last week, and will look to continue that streak tonight. 

Key Match Up - Brailey/Segeyaro vs Hodgson/Havili

The hooking match-up looms as one of the more crucial this round, with both combinations able to split a game open in minutes. Hodgson has been fantastic in his return from injury this year, setting up tries like it is no-ones business. Havili is an able player who can split a line and set up a crucial quick play, so look for that while Hodgson may play as a ball-player. 

Segeyaro and Brailey generally aren't on the field, with Brailey the man to put in the hard yakka and push the defense into fatigue, so that Segeyaro can come on and split them apart like a hot knife through butter. The Sharks can create something through their spine combining so don't be surprised to see even time between the two hookers. 

Prediction 

The Sharks are by no means safe inside the eight, with a loss meaning that they are just one win away from the Raiders with plenty of time left for them to gain the ground. In typical Raiders fashion, it will be a flurry in the last few weeks should they make the finals, but it won't be this week. Cronulla Sharks 28-20 

Luke


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