5:30 PM (AEST) Saturday, April 28 at Cbus Super Stadium, Robina
Round 8 of the NRL continues where two struggling sides do battle when the Titans host the injury riddled Sharks coming off a win.
Titans: Michael Gordon; Anhtony Don, Brendan Elliott, Konrad Hurrell, Phillip Sami; Bruce Cartwright, Ashley Taylor; Jarrod Wallace, Mitch Rein, Ryan James, Kevin Proctor, Will Matthews, Jair Arrow. Max King, Jack Stockwell, Keegan Hipgrave, Morgan Boyle.
Cronulla: Josh Dugan; Edrick Lee, Jesse Ramien, Ricky Leutele, Valentine Holmes; Matt Moylan, Chad Townsend; Andrew Fifita, Jayden Brailey, Matt Prior, Scott Sorensen, Wade Graham, Joseph Paulo. Jayson Bukuya, Kurt Dillon, Ava Seumanufagai, James Segeyaro.
There have been 17 clashes between these sides, with honours evenly shared. Both sides have scored a win apiece, while one other match has been drawn. The Titans won both matches last year, the most recent of which was a 30-10 win in torrential rain last year.
The Titans had another disruptive season last year and after changing coaches again, are hoping to have a better time of it in 2018. They opened their 2018 campaign with a tight 30-28 win over Canberra. They then lost 20-8 against an impressive Warriors side before getting belted 54-8 by the Dragons. They hit back with impressive wins over the Broncos 26-14 and Manly 32-20, but then lost their next two games against Penrith 35-12 and the Cowboys last week 26-14.
The Sharks had a tough opening encounter, travelling to Townsville where they fell just shy of an emotional Cowboys side 20-14. The Sharks made a good start in Round 2 against the Dragons but let a good half time lead slip to lose 20-16. They faced a battered and bruised Eels side in Round 3 and despite some scrappy play, did enough to win their first game of 2018, by 14-4. The Sharks beat modern rivals Melbourne the following week 14-4 in a game that was decimated by penalties. Cronulla couldn’t back up again last week, going down 28-10 to the Roosters in a disappointing performance. The Sharks were hammered with injuries in Round 6 as they went down 40-20 to the Dragons. Last week they hit back with a 26-22 win over Penrith.
Front Row – Last week Andrew Fifita stood up and played a starring role as leader of an injury riddled Sharks pack, leading them to an unexpected victory. The Titans pack are quite mobile and skilful and can cause some headaches for the Sharks middle defence.
The Sharks will be favourites here and on paper, they should win.
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