Sharks Set To Bite Back

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Wade Graham returns for the Sharks this week. Picture: Getty Images/news.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 21, 2012 – Penrith Panthers 21 d Cronulla Sharks 20 at Remondis Stadium
Round 5, 2012 – Cronulla Sharks 15 d Penrith Panthers 14 at Penrith Stadium
Round 3, 2011 – Cronulla Sharks 44 d Penrith Panthers 12 at Penrith Stadium
Round 26, 2010 – Penrith Panthers 50 d Cronulla Sharks 12 at Penrith Stadium
Round 10, 2010 - Penrith Panthers 34 d Cronulla Sharks 15 14 at Remondis Stadium

Current Form

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The Sharks  will look to bounce back from their humiliating 40-0 defeat to the Roosters last weekend when they face the Panthers  at Remondis Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Although Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis and Anthony Tupou are amongst the players still unavailable for the club, Wade Graham and Jeff Robson both return after missing last week’s match through injury, while Ben Pomeroy has been recalled in the backline with Beau Ryan and Ricky Leutele still sidelined.

Penrith boss Ivan Cleary has made a couple of changes following his sides 32-14 defeat to the Knights last weekend, with Sika Manu returning from a thumb injury and Jeremy Latimore promoted to the starting side after Mose Masoe picked up a one match ban for a high tackle. Lewis Brown moves back out to the centres at the expense of Wes Naiqama, who has been dropped, while young forward Sam Anderson has been recalled on the bench.

1st Tryscorer

Nathan Stapleton  has the best strikerate of any Cronulla player this season, with four tries from eight appearances in the NRL. His is likely to lineup against James Roberts in this match, who has been devastating in attack but been a liability in defence at times in 2013.

David Simmons  has been one of the best wingers in the game this season and there was even talk of him being a ‘smokey’ to pull on a Blues jersey during the State of Origin series. Having scored 17 tries in 15 matches during the current campaign, he is just one behind Knights flyer James McManus in the race to be the leading tryscorer in the competition.

Prediction

This is a huge match for both of these teams. The Sharks can finish the round as high as fifth with a win, but are likely to drop out of the eight all together if they lose, with the Panthers taking their place in the top half of the table. Todd Carney has rediscovered his best form in the past month and can lead his team to a valuable win at Remondis Stadium, where they have lost just once this year. Cronulla Sharks by 10

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