Bulldogs v Cronulla

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Ben Barba leads the NRL with an astonishing 68 tackle breaks. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au
Depth will be tested when the Bulldogs  face off with Cronulla  on Monday night. Both teams have origin players on duty with Bulldogs strike weapon Josh Morris named in the centres for NSW and Sharks skipper Paul Gallen and classy playmaker Todd Carney also pulling on a sky blue jumper. Replacing Morris in the centres is youn gun Jonathan Wright making way for veteran Luke MacDougall to make his debut for the Bulldogs.

History – These two teams have met an amazing 83 times with the Bulldogs recording 51 wins, Sharks 30 and drawn 2. The Bulldogs dominance has been asserted over the past decade of competition losing only three times to the Sharks. The two teams met in Monday night football in round 23 last year with the Dogs recording a narrow 19-12 victory.

Dangermen – Without a doubt Bulldogs attacking weapon Ben Barba  is one of the most dangerous players in the NRL. Barba has already crossed the line on six occasions this season, leads the competition in tackle busts and sits second in line breaks, watch out Cronulla! The Sharks balance in their backlines has been a real commodity this season with the likes of Ben Pomery  and Colin Best  in career best from on the back of a strong halves pairing and dynamic forwards.

Prediction – The Sharks proved everyone wrong and defeated the Storm without skipper Paul Gallen last week, however can they repeat without Todd Carney? Carney will be a massive loss and the Bulldogs will be desperate for a win after going down to the Titans. Bulldogs 1-12.

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