Jeremy smith has been an inspiration for the Sharks this season. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Phil Hillyard.
Cronulla will be hoping that Paul Gallen and Todd Carney aren’t too sore after their Wednesday night origin clash when the Sharks lock horns with the Warriors at Shark Park on Saturday night. The Sharks will need all the firepower they can get to contain a rampaging Warriors attack whose game has lifted considerably in recent weeks. The Sharks have named Sam Tagatese and Chad Townsend on an extended bench to cover for Gallen and Carney if required. The Warriors regain the services of workhorse back rower Michael Luck who has been sidelined with a wrist injury.
– The Warriors have had the upper hand in recent seasons recording three successive wins over the Sharks. Shark Park is always a daunting task for any travelling club and the Sharks have enjoyed success over the Warriors recording eight wins from twelve games at home. Cronulla are also riding a home game hot streak after winning five consecutive games at on home soil this season.
– Cronulla possess a wealth of talent in their back row and rely heavily on these players to run lines off the likes of Todd Carney and Jeff Rosbon . Both Jeremy Smith and Jason Bukuya have scored first for the Sharks this season. Warriors half back Shaun Johnson is electric and boasts one of the best all round attacking arsenal's in the competition, expect him to go looking for the ball early.
– The Sharks impressive record is hard to look past. If Gallen and Carney both play the Sharks should be too strong for the Warriors and record a narrow victory. Sharks 1-12 .
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