Warriors On The March

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Nathan Friend has played a key role in the Warriors resurgence. Source: Getty Images/couriermail.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 3, 2013 – Cronulla Sharks 28 d NZ Warriors 4 at Remondis Stadium
Round 22, 2012 - Cronulla Sharks 45 d NZ Warriors 4 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 15, 2012 – Cronulla Sharks 20 d NZ Warriors 19 at Remondis Stadium
Round 4, 2011 – NZ Warriors 26 d Cronulla Sharks 18 at Owen Delany Park
Round 22, 2010 – NZ Warriors 37 d Cronulla Sharks 10 at Remondis Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 16    Rd 17    Rd 18    Rd 19    Rd 20 
Warriors

W

L

-

W

W

Sharks

L

W

W

L

W


Warriors  boss Matthew Elliott has had the luxury of being able to name an unchanged squad for his side’s game against the Sharks  at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday afternoon. New Zealand scored a thrilling 30-22 victory of the Storm in round 20 to register their seventh win in eight matches and are only outside the top eight due to a poor points differential. The Warriors have been decimated by injuries in 2013 and they have done a good job to be within reach of the finals after losing six of their opening seven fixtures.

Paul Gallen finally returns for the Sharks this week after being on the sidelines since Origin 2 with a foot injury and is the only new face in the squad that beat the Panthers 38-10 last weekend. Although the Sharks are three places ahead of the Warriors on the ladder, a heavy defeat could see New Zealand more ahead of them such is the logjam in the middle of the table.

1st Tryscorer

Ngani Laumape  only played 51 minutes against the Storm last weekend but still had a big impact, scoring two tries in the opening eleven minutes to take his tally to four tries in just nine NRL appearances.

Former New South Wales representative Michael Gordon  has been plagued by injury this season but is still the joint top tryscorer for the Sharks in 2013. He opened the scoring against the Panthers in round 20 and touched down again half an hour later to take his tally to six for the year.

Prediction

The Sharks have won three in a row against the Warriors but will be well aware of the threat that New Zealand can pose when on song, like it is at the moment. Matthew Elliott’s side has defeated the Storm, Roosters and Sea Eagles during their winning run and is more than capable of claiming another big scalp at home. New Zealand Warriors by 6

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