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Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions & Tips - Sharks set to win and stay in NRL finals contention

  • Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks predictions for Saturday’s NRL game
  • The Round 18 clash is being played on the Gold Coast (8.30am BST)
  • Cronulla have won 5 of their last 6 games and can beat Canberra
  • Preview, tips, stats & team news
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Canberra take on Cronulla on the Gold Coast on Saturday (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 16 Jul 2021
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Canberra Raiders vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions


Cronulla are in good form since Shaun Johnson’s return from injury. The Sharks can beat a Canberra side that can’t be trusted to win back to back games.

  • Canberra Raiders have lost 9 of their last 12 games.
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 5 of their last 6 games.

Head to Head


Cronulla have a 41-38 advantage against Canberra. 

The Raiders have won the last five including 12-10 earlier this season when Chad Townsend missed three of four attempts at goal.

Canberra Raiders Form


Canberra have a 6-10 record this season after winning their first two games. They have lost nine of their last 12 games.

Ricky Stuart’s side gave up a 20-8 lead in a 22-20 defeat to St George Illawarra in Round 15. They returned home and put in an embarrassing performance in a 44-6 defeat to Gold Coast where they missed 65 tackles.

The Raiders got back to winning ways against a Manly side missing their Origin stars. Canberra won 30-16 after completing 90% (43/48) of their sets.

Canberra Raiders Injuries & Team News


Josh Papalii and Jack Wighton have been named to back up from Origin.

Elliott Whitehead (shoulder) should be back next week with Dunamis Lui (calf), Corey Horsburgh (wrist) and Bailey Simonsson (toe) all out for a few weeks.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (neck) is out for the season and Curtis Scott has been stood down indefinitely.

Canberra Raiders Predicted Line Up


1. Xavier Savage
2. Semi Valemei
3. Jarrod Croker
4. Sebastian Kris
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Jack Wighton
7. Sam Williams
8. Josh Papalii
9. Josh Hodgson
10. Emre Guler
11. Corey Harawira-Naera
12. Hudson Young
13. Ryan Sutton

Interchange

14. Tom Starling
15. Joseph Tapine
16. Iosia Soliola
17. Ryan James

Reserves

18. Matt Timoko
19. Trey Mooney
20. Matt Frawley
21. Harley Smith-Shields

Cronulla Sharks Form


Cronulla recently won four consecutive matches. They beat St George Illawarra 13-12, Gold Coast 38-10, Penrith 19-18 and North Queensland 26-24.

Josh Hannay’s side lost 26-18 against lowly Brisbane after the game was tied 18-18 in the 55th minute.

The Sharks beat the Warriors 20-12 last week. Connor Tracey, Braydon Trindall and Braden Hamlin-Uele scored in the first half and they cruised to the finish line.

Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News


Royce Hunt (knee) has been named as a reserve.

Matt Moylan (calf) remains sidelined for at least another week with Jackson Ferris (foot) and Wade Graham (concussion) out indefinitely.

Franklin Pele (foot) is out until Round 25.

Cronulla Sharks Line Up


1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Connor Tracey
4. Jesse Ramien
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Braydon Trindall
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Aiden Tolman
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Teig Wilton
13. Toby Rudolf

Interchange

14. Mawene Hiroti
15. Siosifa Talakai
16. Jack Williams
17. Braden Hamlin-Uele

Reserves

18. Billy Magoulias
19. Royce Hunt
20. Andrew Fifita
21. Luke Metcalf

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Verdict

Canberra haven’t won two games in a row since Rounds 1-2. Playing on the Gold Coast, I am backing Cronulla to get the win and stay in the top 8.

Best Bet: Cronulla Sharks Win Winner @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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