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NRL 2016 - Rnd 16 - Sharks vs Warriors Gameday Chatter
Sharks v Warriors: Schick Preview
Wed 22 Jun, 2016, 2:00pm
By Corey Rosser‌, New Zealand Correspondent , NRL.com
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Schick Hydro Preview: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Warriors
Southern Cross Group Stadium
Saturday, 5.30pm (AEST)


After a rare weekend where they didn't get to belt out their victory song, Cronulla come off a bye and look to stretch their current winning streak to 11 games when they host the Warriors on Saturday night.

The table-topping Sharks have been in fine form this year, but come up against a New Zealand side who are playing some of their best footy and riding a three-game run themselves.

The Sharks return to action with an unchanged line-up from their 13-10 victory over the Cowboys in Round 14, but there are question marks over whether or not winger Sosaia Feki will take the field, as he battles to overcome a groin injury.

After grinding past the Roosters 12-10 in Auckland last Sunday, the Warriors have just the one change, with Jacob Lillyman named to back up from Origin II and return for coach Andrew McFadden.

Rookies Toafofoa Sipley and Ma'afoaeata Hingano are named on a seven-man bench as cover, with Thomas Leuluai (head knock and cut) and Shaun Johnson (quad) likely to play.

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Watch out Sharks:
The Warriors are now officially the competition's best team when it comes to splitting defensive lines, leading all sides in line breaks made at an average of 5.2 per game. The Kiwi side's power and pace on the edges is well documented, but it's in the middle of the park that they have made the most improvement of late, with the likes of fullback Tuimoala Lolohea and hooker Issac Luke finding plenty of gaps.

The Warriors’ forwards have been a feature of their game through this current three-game winning streak, and last up against the Roosters the starting pack alone ran for 723 metres. The return of Jacob Lillyman from Origin duty will only make them better, and it’s a crucial area Cronulla will need to focus on.

Watch out Warriors: The Sharks are on another level defensively when compared to most of the teams the Warriors have managed to beat this year, and heading into Round 16 Cronulla have conceded only 15.2 points per match on average. The Warriors have won only once this year when scoring less than 24 points.

The Sharks’ back three of Ben Barba, Sosaia Feki and Valentine Holmes are in electric form and present a huge threat, regardless of where they are on the park. Individually they all average over 90 running metres per game, and between them account for over half of Cronulla’s 55 tries this year, with a combined 29. Every time one of these players touches the ball the Warriors will need to be on alert.

Key match-up: Chad Townsend v Shaun Johnson. Last year they were teammates, forming a strong combination which had the Warriors flying before Johnson suffered a season-ending injury. This week they face off in a crucial battle which will go a long way to deciding which team takes the points. Townsend has set up seven tries and five line breaks, while crossing for five tries himself. Despite playing alongside the NSW Origin five-eighth in James Maloney, he has been Cronulla’s dominant playmaker. Meanwhile Johnson has been solid to date, leading the way for the Warriors in attack with 11 try assists and 13 line-break assists. He also scored the team's only try last week, with a piece of trademark individual brilliance.

The history: Played 35; Sharks 19, Warriors 16. In their two meetings last year these sides each enjoyed a four-point win, but across the past four years it's been almost all Cronulla, with six wins from their last eight against the Warriors. Tipsters might be interested in the fact that the last three head-to-head clashes between these two have all been decided by exactly four points.

What are the odds: There is 40 per cent more money wagered on the Warriors thanks to the big price on offer, which is sure to dwindle as the week goes on. The New Zealand side have been very popular receiving the points start in handicap betting, but Sportsbet punters are backing the Sharks to get home in a tight one by 1-12.

Match Officials: Referee: Grant Atkins. Assistant Referee: Matt Noyen. Touch Judges: Jason Walsh and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski. Review Officials: Matt Cecchin and Bryan Norrie. Senior RO: Luke Patten.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live coverage from 5.00pm (AEST) SS2 7:30pm (NZST)

How we see it: Both of these teams are running hot right now, and as a result we should see some excellent footy played across the 80 minutes. This game shapes as one which will separate the contenders from the pretenders, and right now Cronulla look every bit the former, while the Warriors are probably somewhere in the middle. Sharks by eight.

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VODAFONE WARRIORS v CRONULLA SHARKS
Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla
5.30pm, Saturday, June 25


VODAFONE WARRIORS
1 Tuimoala Lolohea
2 David Fusitua
3 Blake Ayshford
4 Solomone Kata
5 Ken Maumalo
6 Thomas Leuluai
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Jacob Lillyman
9 Issac Luke
10 Albert Vete
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Ryan Hoffman(c)
13 Simon Mannering

14 Nathaniel Roache
15 Sam Lisone
16 Ben Matulino
17 Charlie Gubb

18 Ata Hingano
20 Toafofoa Sipley

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
1 Ben Barba
2 Sosaia Feki
3 Jack Bird
4 Gerard Beale
5 Valentine Holmes
6 James Maloney
7 Chad Townsend
8 Andrew Fifita
9 Michael Ennis
10 Sam Tagataese
11 Luke Lewis
12 Wade Graham
13 Paul Gallen

14 Ricky Leutele
15 Chris Heighington
16 Matt Prior
17 Jayson Bukuya

18 Joseph Paulo
 
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Akkerz

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Jun 22, 2012
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The edge of insanity
Judgement Day for Warriors. Was planning a Penrith loss to help our cause but as that didn't happen it's hoping & praying this team brings their best game.
Some serious skills needed so no dumb moves or penalties pleez. Leave that stuff to the ugly team. Talking about ugly when do the Eels get their points deducted?
Bloody NRL are doing my head in.

Go the Warriors
 
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Bluecat again

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Sep 30, 2012
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We are playing the big kids today in their sandpit so I am really really hoping for a result but a loss wouldn't be the end of the world so long as they keep trying. I will be happy if the boys put in a true 80 minute effort whatever the outcome. And even happier with a win
GO THE WARRIORS
 

glory_hog

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Jun 13, 2015
231
looking forward to the game, it will be a struggle but this game will def show where we stand? Im going for the boys to get a upset and really push on for the rest of the season. GOOOOOOO WARRIORS
 

Horriors2013

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May 24, 2013
2,099
On paper, Sharkies should win at home by 6-12. Their pack is fantastic. But currently our team has a 2011 feel about it. I'm picking our team to catch Fifita and Barba on a bad day.

On another note...my memory could be mistaken. But Bryan Norrie listed as a match official... wasn't he the Storm player found guilty of placing a bet on his game????
 
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Horriors2013

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Has Hingano been playing well has he? Some people seem to rave about him?
 

Matulino's Left Shoulder

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Jul 22, 2012
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On paper, Sharkies should win at home by 6-12. Their pack is fantastic. But currently our team has a 2011 feel about it. I'm picking our team to catch Fifita and Barba on a bad day.

On another note...my memory could be mistaken. But Bryan Norrie listed as a match official... wasn't he the Storm player found guilty of placing a bet on his game????

with the TAB odds the way they are, he should put money on us then.
 
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facefacts

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Apr 26, 2012
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Judgement Day for Warriors. Was planning a Penrith loss to help our cause but as that didn't happen it's hoping & praying this team brings their best game.
Some serious skills needed so no dumb moves or penalties pleez. Leave that stuff to the ugly team. Talking about ugly when do the Eels get their points deducted?
Bloody NRL are doing my head in.

Go the Warriors

Would put more value on the game as a true gauge if the sharks didn't have four players backing up from SOO, still a big step up from the bottom dwellers we scraped past in the last few weeks.
 

Defence

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May 9, 2012
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I don't think origin will be much of a factor- could even work in their favor- gallen and fafita could be playing for a spot in game 3 and jack bird will be high on confidence after his performance.
Ennis will be keen to push his claims too.
There's no excuses for either side.
We're just gonna have to put our best foot forward and hope that it's good enough. It's a big challenge.
 

Magic Johnson

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May 18, 2012
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On paper, Sharkies should win at home by 6-12. Their pack is fantastic. But currently our team has a 2011 feel about it. I'm picking our team to catch Fifita and Barba on a bad day.

On another note...my memory could be mistaken. But Bryan Norrie listed as a match official... wasn't he the Storm player found guilty of placing a bet on his game????
No that was Ryan Tandy
 

diehard

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Jan 27, 2016
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The way we play, we'll have a great game and beat the Sharkies, and Matthew Johns and co will say we're a top 4 side, and then we'll lose to the Titans the next week.

When does the B team play?
 
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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Been pretty confident the last few weeks, even against the Broncos, but Id be lying if I didnt say this game has me worried somewhat. The teams found a groove of sorts so I expect them to play well. Whether they have the gears to go the full 80 is what has me wondering. The use of the bench will be critical today more than ever...
 
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6 Again

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Sep 29, 2015
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With Cronulla the most consistent side in the NRL the boys will know today's performance will give them a proper gauge on where they really stand in the competition. Because of that challenge I'm expecting them to lift again on the past few weeks performances.
 
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Off The Bench

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I recon gallen fafita will give us few penalties an Luke will kick them
ova .An we should be in with a fair chance , SGH coached a team that
Consistently won , An knew what they had to do , I'm hoping this is what
we will see , A team that goes out prepared an with a clear plan ,
 
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