Shark Bait At Brooky

Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Cronulla has lost 8 of its last 9 battles at Brooky. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Sea Eagles v Sharks
April 13 – 3.05pm (AEST)
Brookvale Oval

Form Guide:

Things You Need To Know:
Manly get Glenn Stewart back after he missed the debacle against Wests Tigers. Cronulla still awaiting the return of Paul Gallen, Luke Lewis and Co but are unchanged from the side that put the cleaners through the Warriors. The Sharks' record against Manly at Brookie is diabolical. Five wins from 36 starts.

Reason To Watch:
The minute Manly walked off Leichhardt Oval last Sunday you just knew Cronulla was going to be in trouble. The Sea Eagles were embarrassed and humiliated by what they dished up and won't turn in two performances like that in the same season. Their response – and Cronulla's reaction – will make for compulsive viewing. Watch for Andrew Fifita to take on the Manly pack single handedly.

Reason To Turn Away:
If history is anything to go by, Cronulla may want to save themselves the Harbour Bridge toll and phone this one in. Wins on the northern beaches are almost as rare as silverware in the Sharkies' trophy cabinet.

Say What:
"It's how your team performs on the day that matters - and obviously they've performed better than us over the years. We won't have it on our minds when we run out." – Sharks coach Peter Sharp tries to convince us – and perhaps himself – that the club's abysmal record at Brookvale isn't of concern.

Final Word:

How could you possibly tip Cronulla?. Everything points against them. They are last on the table, are still missing several key players and hate the venue with a passion. Oh, and they run into a Manly side counting the seconds before they can make up for last week's debacle. Manly by 14.

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