Sharks v Storm

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Paul Gallen is in doubt to take on the Storm. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
The Sharks will give Paul Gallen up to an hour before kick-off to prove his fitness for their clash against the Storm. Gallen left the field midway through the second half in last week’s loss to Souths after suffering a knee injury. The Sharks skipper has been instrumental in Cronulla’s opening rounds and leads the competition in total run metres by more than 350 to his nearest rival, Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello.

History - Not surprisingly Melbourne holds a strong record against the Sharks. The Storm have handed Cronulla five consecutive losses on the way to recording seven wins from the past ten games between the two sides. Historically, Sharks v Storm games are low scoring with each of the last three games registering no more than 28 points. Cronulla have not beaten the Storm at Toyota Stadium since 2005.

Dangermen – Sharks centre Ben Pomeroy  has been a revelation this season and is in career best form. The Penrith junior has scored six tries this season and is always rock solid in defence. The Storm possess potent attacking weapons right across the park however Kiwi winger international winger Matt Duffie  has stood out in recent weeks and has already crossed the line on seven occasions in 2012.

Prediction – Simple, if Gallen plays the Sharks go down in a close game. If Gallen doesn’t play, Melbourne could put on a clinic. Storm 13+ . 

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