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Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders Predictions & Tips - Sharks set for an upset in the NRL

  • Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders predictions for Sunday’s NRL game
  • The Round 2 clash is being played at 7.15am GMT at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Sydney
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 4 of their last 5 games at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
  • I am backing Cronulla to upset the odds against Canberra
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Canberra beat Cronulla in the qualifying final last season (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 16 Mar 2021
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Cronulla Sharks vs Canberra Raiders Predictions


Cronulla Sharks were solid in Round 1 and can upset Canberra Raiders in Sydney. The Raiders have had the edge over Cronulla in recent seasons but have never won five straight against the Sharks.

  • Cronulla Sharks completed 88% of their sets in Round 1.
  • Cronulla Sharks made 5 errors in Round 1.
  • Cronulla Sharks conceded 1 penalty in Round 1.
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 4 of their last 5 games at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
  • Canberra Raiders have won their last 4 games against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Canberra Raiders have never won 5 straight games against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Canberra Raiders completed 68% of their sets in Round 1.
  • Canberra Raiders made 14 errors in Round 1.
  • Canberra Raiders conceded 5 penalties in Round 1.

Head to Head


Cronulla Sharks have a narrow 41-37 advantage against Canberra Raiders in 78 games. 

The Raiders have won last four encounters by an average of 6.25 points.

Cronulla Sharks Form


Cronulla Sharks finished 8th last season, scraping into the finals with a 10-10 record. They failed to beat a top 8 side all season.

Head coach John Morris saw his side start the 2021 campaign with a win. The Sharks beat the Dragons 32-18 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium after holding a 14-0 half time lead. 

Fullback William Kennedy scored two tries with Josh Dugan, Ronaldo Mulitalo and Aaron Woods crossing the line.

Cronulla completed 88% of their sets (35/40), made 5 errors and conceded just 1 penalty. Chad Townsend made 515 metres from 15 kicks as the Sharks dominated field position.

Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News


Jesse Ramien took the early guilty plea for a reckless high tackle and will miss three games. With Jackson Ferris (broken foot) out, Morris has selected Mawene Hiroti as Ramien's replacement at centre.

Nene Macdonald takes Hiroti's spot on the reserve list. Andrew Fifita remains in the reserves with doubts about his fitness.

Forwards Royce Hunt (knee) and Siosifa Talakai (shoulder) are close to returning from injury. Jack A Williams (throat) is out indefinitely and Bronson Xerri continues to be stood down indefinitely.

Star halfback Shaun Johnson (Achilles) is scheduled to return in rounds 7-8.

Cronulla Sharks Predicted Line Up


1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Josh Dugan
4. Mawene Hiroti
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Matt Moylan
7. Chad Townsend
8. Braden Hamlin-Uele
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Wade Graham
13. Toby Rudolf

Interchange

14. Connor Tracey
15. Aiden Tolman
16. Jack Williams
17. Billy Magoulias

Reserves

18. Mawene Hiroti
19. Teig Wilton
20. Andrew Fifita
21. Braydon Trindall

Canberra Raiders Form


Canberra finished sixth last season with a 14-6 record. The Raiders went down 30-10 to Melbourne in the preliminary final at Suncorp Stadium.

Ricky Stuart’s side started 2021 with a 30-12 win against West Tigers at GIO Stadium. They trailed 6-0 but hit back with tries to Jordan Rapana (2), Ryan James, Hudson Young and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.

Canberra completed 68% of their sets (28/41), made 14 errors and conceded 5 penalties.

Canberra Raiders Injuries & Team News


Ricky Stuart has stuck with the same 17 that beat the Tigers.

Co-captain Jarrod Croker has recovered from off-season surgery but the centre is getting more conditioning under his belt. Sebastian Kris gets another shot in the starting side.

Veteran recruit Ryan James made it through his first NRL game in 678 days following two ACL tears.

Rising star hooker Tom Starling remains in the reserves behind Josh Hodgson and Siliva Havili.

Corey Harawira-Naera and Corey Horsburgh were left out of the Round 1 squad after being suspended for off-season drink-driving charges.

Canberra Raiders Predicted Line Up


1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Bailey Simonsson
3. Sebastian Kris
4. Curtis Scott
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Jack Wighton
7. George Williams
8. Josh Papalii
9. Josh Hodgson
10. Dunamis Lui
11. Hudson Young
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Joe Tapine

Interchange

14. Siliva Havili
15. Ryan Sutton
16. Sia Soliola
17. Ryan James

Reserves

18. Sam Williams
19. Tom Starling
20. Emre Guler 
21. Harley Smith-Shields

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Verdict

Cronulla were efficient in their win against the Dragons despite conceding 18 points. If they can replicate that form the Sharks can upset the odds against Canberra.

Best Bet: Cronulla Sharks +6.5 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Cronulla Sharks Winner @200.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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