Stand-in captain Wade Graham needs to lift his men on Monday. Picture: Getty Images/news.com.au
Cronulla Sharks v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Monday May 26 – 7:05 PM (AEST)
Nothing is going right for the men from the shire. The Cronulla Sharks are sitting last on the ladder, with only two wins. The loss of a number of stars to Origin duty and injuries may be the last straw. South Sydney on the other hand is starting to gain some momentum. They too have lost some stars to Origin, but have the depth and talent to cover them pretty well.
Cronulla coach Peter Sharp would be getting balder every day. The Sharks look like they'll win a game, then fall apart at the seams. Against the Tigers last Saturday, they came out firing in the second half and were in line for a convincing win. But they let the game slip through their grasp with shoddy defence and ill-discipline. John Morris notches up 300 games on Sunday, making him part of a very elite club. Daniel Holdsworth slots into five-eight for the injured Todd Carney (hamstring), with Tinirau Arona and Chris Heighington take the spots of NSW duo Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis. Blake Ayshford returns to the centres, with Jonathan Wright shifting to the wing for Beau Ryan (neck). The omission of Anthony Tupou means Isaac De Gois, Tupou Sopoaga and David Fifita make up the bench, with Michael Lichaa 18th man.
In a real bonus for the Bunnies, halves Adam Reynolds and John Sutton weren’t picked for NSW. They need them now more than ever. The obvious selection of Greg Inglis for Origin was always going to leave a massive gap. If both Sutton and Reynolds were picked as well, the Bunnies might have struggled on Sunday. With Origin back-rowers Ben Te’o and Chris McQueen up in Queensland at the moment, Ben Lowe grabs a starting spot and Bryson Goodwin nabs a spot on the pine. Nathan Merritt moves to fullback to replace GI and Joel Reddy shifts to the wing the make up the 17.
If it wasn’t Origin period this one could've easily been a whitewash. But Souths don’t seem to fire when GI is not there, so it could be a close one. The Bunnies should still get up, but don't discount an upset, many often occur during this time of the year.
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