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Jeremy Darke 11 Jun 2024
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  • Cronulla Sharks vs Dolphins expert predictions for Thursday’s Round 15 NRL game
  • Sharks strong at home, tipped to cover 9.5 points
  • Both teams average over 25 points per game
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Cronulla Sharks vs Dolphins Predictions


Both the Sharks and Dolphins revel in attack and can be found wanting in defence. I'm backing over the game total of 46.5 points with Cronulla tipped for the victory at home. 
  • Cronulla Sharks vs Dolphins Predictions
  • Head to Head 
  • Cronulla Sharks Form
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • Dolphins Form 
  • Dolphins Team News
  • Dolphins Team List

  • Cronulla have covered the line in 5 of 6 games as the home team this season.
  • Both the Sharks and the Dolphins average 25+ points in attack this season. 
  • 4 of the last 5 Cronulla Sharks games have gone Over the Game Total.
  • A second rower has scored against the Dolphins in 3 of the past 4 games this season. 

Head to Head 


The Dolphins did a number on the Sharks in Magic Round last season, beating Cronulla 36-16 with the emergence of Valynce Te Whare, who scored two tries with the Dolphins backline simply unstoppable in the match. 

Cronulla Sharks Form


After leaking an average of 35.3 points per game in their previous 3 matches, Cronulla finally sorted out their defence against Brisbane in Round 14, beating the Broncos 22-12. 

With 71% of the territory in the match, the scoreline should have been bigger to be fair, however, the absence of NSW halfback Nicho Hynes was evident. 

As mentioned, the important factor was they only conceded two tries against Brisbane after being poor defensively recently.

The Cronulla attack has been their strength and the numbers are real simple, if they hold their opponents under 30 points they win, as their attack is clinical, especially when Hynes is in the lineup.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


Nicho Hynes comes back into the team as expected with Daniel Atkinson dropping out and Braydon Trindall moving to No. 6.

Braden Hamlin-Uele returns on the bench with Tuku Hau Tapuha missing out.

Cronulla Sharks Team List


1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Jesse Ramien
4. Kayal Iro
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Braydon Trindall
7. Nicho Hynes
8. Toby Rudolf
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Oregon Kaufusi
11. Briton Nikora
12. Sifa Talakai
13. Cameron McInnes

Interchange
14. Jack Williams
15. Thomas Hazelton
16. Braden Hamlin-Uele
17. Royce Hunt

Reserves
18. Daniel Atkinson
19. Tuku Hau Tapuha
20. Mawene Hiroti
21. Jyaden Berrell 
22. Samuel Stonestr

Dolphins Form 


The Dolphins lost consecutive games for the first time this season when they went down in Golden-Point to Canberra at Kayo Stadium in round 13. 

It was a big effort in a tough loss for Wayne Bennet’s men as Jordan Rapana kicked the game-tring and match-winning field goal for the visitors. 

Missing Felise Kaufusi and moreso Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow on Origin duty, the Dolphins will rue missed opportunities after having the majority of the ball and 47 tackles inside the Raiders 20m.

The Dolphins will play just their third match outside of Queensland this season boasting a 1-1 record with a win against Parramatta in Darwin and a loss to the Warriors in New Zealand. 

Dolphins Team News


Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow comes back in with Trai Fuller back in the reserves. 

Kodi Nikorima returns with Anthony Milford dropping out of the side. Jesse Bromwich is out with a rib injury while brother Kenny takes his spot in the starting side. Felise Kaufusi returns and will start at prop.

Dolphins Team List


1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
2. Jamayne Isaako
3. Jake Averillo
4. Herbie Farnworth
5. Jack Bostock
6. Kodi Nikorima
7. Isaiya Katoa
8. Kenny Bromwich
9. Jeremy Marshall-King
10. Felise Kaufusi
11. Connelly Lemuelu
12. Euan Aitken
13. Max Plath

Interchange
14. Josh Kerr
15. Mark Nicholls
16. Ray Stone
17. Kurt Donoghoe

Reserves
18. Oryn Keeley
19. Sean O'Sullivan
20. Jarrod Wallace
21. Tesi Niu
22. Trai Fuller

Verdict

The Sharks can cover the 9.5 points as favourites with the Game Total tipped to go over 46.5 points.
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