Monday Night NRL

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Paul Gallen and Todd Carney are both expected to pull on the boots for Cronulla when they take on the Roosters on Monday night. The Roosters sole origin representative Mitchell Pearce will also back-up after a disappointing origin series that has seen numerous question marks over his selection in the NSW team. The Sharks will miss the services of Kiwi enforcer Jeremy Smith who has been suspended for a week following an elbow on Broncos utility Jarrod Wallace in last week’s convincing win.

History – These two sides have met a staggering 82 times with the Roosters enjoying plenty of success over their neighbours recording 54 wins to the Sharks 24. The sharks however have had plenty of success in recent seasons winning three of their past four games against the boys from Bondi. The last outing between the two clubs was in round 24 last season with the Rooster running away in a high scoring clash 36-25.

Dangermen – Sharks winger Colin Best scored the game’s first try last weekend and has played a major part in Cronulla’s resurgence scoring seven tries for the season. Roosters young gun Tautau Moga  has a big future ahead of him and has looked devastating with limited opportunities this season.

Prediction – The Roosters have been woeful in recent weeks failing to capitalise on field position, they will need to be at the top of their game if they are any chance of competing with in form Sharks. The Sharks will be buoyed by the return of Gallen and Carney and should be far too classy for the Roosters. Sharks 1-12 . 

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