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Team List Round 11 Sharks v Cowboys 18-14

Discussion in 'Cronulla Sharks' started by TerryGaines, May 16, 2017.

  1. TerryGaines

    TerryGaines Voider of Warranties

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    7.50pm Thursday at Southern Cross Group Stadium


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    1. Valentine Holmes 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Gerard Beale 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Chris Heighington 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen.

    Interchange: 14. Kurt Capewell 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jeremy Latimore 17. Sam Tagataese 18. Joseph Paulo 19. Daniel Mortimer 20. Edrick Lee 21. Kurt Dillon

    * Chris Heighington (family reasons) returns and has been promoted straight into the starting side at prop for Matt Prior (suspension, round 12). Jayson Bukuya (ankle) returns on the bench.

    Ins: Chris Heighington, Daniel Mortimer, Edrick Lee, Jayson Bukuya, Kurt Dillon

    Outs: Matt Prior (suspension, round 12)


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    1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Ray Thompson 8. John Asiata 9. Jake Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo.

    Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton 15. Coen Hess 16. Shaun Fensom 17. Ben Spina 18. Kyle Laybutt 19. Johnathan Thurston 20. Corey Jensen 21. Kalyn Ponga

    * Johnathan Thurston has been named in the 21-man squad but is a massive outside chance to play. Paul Green has named an unchanged 17 with Kyle Laybutt as the 18th man. Despite injury concerns over Jake Granville, Green is confident the rake will play. Kalyn Ponga remains at No.21.

    Ins: Corey Jensen, Johnathan Thurston, Kalyn Ponga, Kyle Laybutt

    Outs: None
     
  2. TerryGaines

    TerryGaines Voider of Warranties

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    Joseph Paulo replaces Luke Capewell on the Sharks bench in Cronulla's only change.

    The Cowboys are 1-17 as named on Tuesday, with Johnathan Thurston still sidelined through injury.
     
  3. TerryGaines

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    NRL back the Sharkies by four.

    Schick Hydro Preview: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v North Queensland Cowboys
    Southern Cross Group Stadium
    Thursday, 7.50pm

    With State of Origin fast-approaching, both the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks will be eager to have an extra two points under their belt given the number of players that will leave both teams. The Sharks are likely to be missing Andrew Fifita, Jack Bird and James Maloney, while the Cowboys will be without Johnathan Thurston, Michael Morgan and Justin O'Neill on top of their current omissions, most notably Matt Scott.

    The Sharks have been doing just enough to get the win in the past weeks, as seen in their 18-14 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons with a 68 per cent completion rate. Despite this they are still sitting in second place on the ladder with a 7-3 win-loss record. Heading into the Origin period the Sharks will either rise to the occasion, putting in complete performances; or drop down the ladder due to their missing representative stars.

    The Cowboys' win over the Bulldogs went a long way to getting their season back on track, and it was Michael Morgan who righted their listing ship last week, with the help of returning fullback and hooker Lachlan Coote and Jake Granville. They’ll be eager to get over the Sharks who knocked them out of the finals one shy of the big dance last year, and will need to be pumped up to do it at Shark Park.

    Why the Sharks can win: The Sharks seem to be doing just enough to get the job done, and their positon on the ladder is evidence of that. They have strike all over the field, from Valentine Holmes at fullback, to Sosaia Feki and Jack Bird in the centres and Luke Lewis and Wade Graham in the second row. The Sharks operate off the back of their strong forwards, especially Andrew Fafita, while Paul Gallen provides his experienced leadership and contributes a healthy average of 181 run metres per game. The Sharks' formula for field position is evidently successful, and with Maloney and Chad Townsend directing the show it's no surprise they made seven line breaks against the Dragons last week out of only 23 complete sets.

    Why the Cowboys can win: They've gained nothing but confidence after beating the huge Bulldogs pack last week, and the Cowboys forwards will need to up their performance in all areas this week to beat the Sharks. They'll have no doubt they can do it, and the Sharks will have a lot more than that to worry about, with Ethan Lowe and Gavin Cooper contributing strong performances, while Coen Hess re-found his form after coming off the bench, scoring two tries. The Cowboys have struggled to execute in previous weeks with Thurston out, but Morgan appears to be riding a wave of confidence after being in the Australian camp with the world's best players. The 92kg five-eighth looked tied-down at halfback, but the return of Coote and Granville added direction to the team and Morgan was able to roam freely. After a shaky start against the Bulldogs, the Cowboys' defence was also unrecognisable from their previous games, missing just 16 tackles and conceding the majority of their points when they were reduced to 12 men.

    The history: Sharks v Cowboys: Played 41; Sharks 25; Cowboys 16. The Sharks have had it over the Cowboys in the history between these clubs, but the Cowboys will only be thinking about their preliminary final defeat to the Sharks last year.

    What are the odds: This is the most even betting game of the round with Sportsbet reporting 52 per cent of money on North Queensland and 4 per cent on Cronulla. Both sides have been backed to win 1-12 with very little interest in 13-plus for either side

    Match officials: Referee: Ashley Klein. Assistant referee: Alan Shortall. Touch Judges: Nick Beashel and Chris Sutton. Review officials: Ben Galea and Bernard Sutton.

    Televised: Channel Nine and Fox League – Live coverage from 7.50pm

    How we see it: Given the recent history between these two teams this game could go down to the wire. The Sharks play for every minute, and the Cowboys are a re-built team after the return of Coote and Granville. Despite the confidence boost the Cowboys received from taming the Bulldogs on their home turf, it won't be enough to get over the determined Sharks. We're backing the home side by four.
     
  4. stanleyg

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    Looked a bit like De ja Vue.
    The Cowboys like the Saints had the game to win BUT both sides wilted around the 55 minute mark while the sharks went on with the game both times to get a come from behind win
     
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    Ricky Leutele of the Sharks is tackled during the round 11 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
     
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    Kyle Feldt of the Cowboys scores a try during the round 11 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
     
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    James Maloney of the Sharks scores a try during the round 11 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
     
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    Valentine Holmes of the Sharks is tackled by Kane Linnett of the Cowboys during the round 11 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Sydney, Australia
     
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    Chad Townsend of the Sharks scores a try during the round 11 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
     
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    Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott of the Cowboys look on during the round 11 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
     
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    Yeah, this. Worryingly for the Cowboys, the Sharks didn't be that great to win this fairly comfortably in the end.
     

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