Sharks Seek Redemption

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Andrew Fifita scored the match winning try against the Dragons last week. Picture: Mark Evans/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 19, 2013 – Sydney Roosters 40 d Cronulla Sharks 0 at Allianz Stadium
Round 18, 2012 – Cronulla Sharks 14 drew with Sydney Roosters 14 at Remondis Stadium
Round 24, 2011 - Sydney Roosters 36 d Cronulla Sharks 25 at Allianz Stadium
Round 10, 2011 - Cronulla Sharks 18 drew with Sydney Roosters 16 at Remondis Stadium
Round 23, 2010 - Cronulla Sharks 18 drew with Sydney Roosters 12 at Remondis Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 19    Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23 
Sharks

L

W

W

L

W

Roosters

W

W

W

W

W


The Sharks  will be seeking redemption when they tackle the Roosters  in Monday night football, having been beaten 40-0 when the clubs met last month. Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis, Beau Ryan, Anthony Tupou and Wade Townsend were all missing through injury that night however, but are available this time around as the club takes a fully fit squad into the business end of the season. Since suffering that blowout defeat to the competition leaders five weeks ago, Cronulla has won three of its four matches, with the sole defeat coming against Newcastle in round 22.

The Roosters have surged to the top of the ladder with eight consecutive wins and have averaged 38 points a match in the past five weeks. Mitchell Aubusson has been named to take the place of Samisoni Langi at centre after playing in the backrow last week, with Dylan Napa on the bench and Aidan Guerra back in the starting lineup.


1st Tryscorer

Beau Ryan  returned against the Dragons last weekend after nine weeks on the sidelines and marked his reappearance with a try. The Sharks have lacked genuine attacking threats at time this season and he will look to provide a spark for Cronulla in attack.

James Maloney  has scored seven tries in his first season for the tri-colours and remarkably, six of those have been the first try of the match. He is playing with a lot of confidence at the moment and won’t be afraid to take the line on.


Prediction

The Roosters have had plenty to crow about recently, having won eight consecutive matches to rise to the top of the table. This could be a real danger match for them however, given the Sharks have proven they can match it with the best teams in the competition already this season. They have won five of their past six at home and are a real force now they have all their big guns back on deck. Cronulla Sharks by 2

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