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06 Jul 2022
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Gary Emmerson 06 Jul 2022
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  • Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm tips for Thursday's match
  • The NRL Round 17 game is being played at PointsBet Stadium (10:50 BST)
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 4 of their last 5 matches
  • Can they cause an upset at home to the Storm?
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Cronulla Sharks can cover against the Melbourne Storm (Getty Images)

Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm Predictions


The Storm have dropped three of their last six matches and face a tough test against this Sharks side. Cronulla are backed with a six-point start and value to win.
  • Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Cronulla Sharks Form
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • Melbourne Storm Form
  • Melbourne Storm Team News
  • Melbourne Storm Team List
  • Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm FAQs

Sione Katoa and Ryan Papenhuyzen are both backed in the tryscorer markets.

  • Cronulla Sharks have won 4 of their last 5 matches.
  • Cronulla Sharks' Sione Katoa has scored 6 tries in his last 5 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have won 9 of their last 12 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm's Ryan Papenhuyzen scored 2 tries in his last match.

Head to Head


Melbourne Storm hold a 28-15 head to head advantage over Cronulla Sharks.

Storm have won the last five clashes including a 34-18 victory last season.

Cronulla Sharks Form


Cronulla Sharks are up to fourth spot on the ladder after a third straight win, this time a 18-6 victory over Canterbury Bulldogs last week.

That win followed success over New Zealand Warriors 38-16 and Gold Coast Titans 18-10.

Cronulla Sharks Team News


Centre Siosifa Talakai misses the game after being named in the New South Wales team for State of Origin Game 3.

Halfback Nico Hynes is available, however, after he failed to make the final cut for the Blues. 

Connor Tracey starts in place on Talakai this week.

Cronulla Sharks Team List


1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Jesse Ramien
4. Connor Tracey
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Matt Moylan
7. Nicho Hynes
8. Toby Rudolf
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Royce Hunt
11. Briton Nikora
12. Wade Graham
13. Dale Finucane 

Interchange

14. Aiden Tolman
15. Cameron McInnes
16. Teig Wilton 
17. Andrew Fifita

Reserves

18. Braydon Trindall
19. Jesse Colquhoun
20. Kade Dykes
21. Braden Hamlin-Uele
22. Lachlan Miller

Melbourne Storm Form


Melbourne Storm were made to pay for a slow start last week as they went down 36-30 away to Manly Sea Eagles. 

It was a third defeat in the last six matches for Craig Bellamy's side, who also lost 32-6 to Penrith Panthers and 36-6 to North Queensland Cowboys.

Following those losses, Storm defeated Manly 28-8, Sydney Roosters 26-18 and Brisbane Broncos 32-20.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Harry Grant is away with Queensland for State of Origin Game 3, so Brandon Smith takes over the hooker duties.

Josh King starts at lock, Nelson Asofa-Solomona is named at prop and Tui Kamikamica is on the interchange.

In more reshuffles, Dean Ieremia starts on the wing, Nick Meaney is named at five-eighth and Jayden Nikorima drops to the reserves.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 
2. Dean Ieremia
3. Marion Seve
4. Justin Olam
5. Grant Anderson
6. Nick Meaney  
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Brandon Smith
10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 
11. Chris Lewis 
12. Kenny Bromwich
13. Josh King

Interchange

14. Tyran Wishart
15. Tui Kamikamica
16. Alec MacDonald 
17. Jordan Grant

Reserves

18. Bronson Garlick
19. Yee-Huang Tonumaipe'a
20. Jack Howarth 
21. Jayden Nikorima
22. Tyson Smoothy

Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm FAQs

Where can I watch Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm live stream?

Check our live streaming calendar to see where to watch Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm live stream

What time does Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm start?

The match kicks off at 10:50 BST on Thursday, July 7.

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Verdict

The Storm will be expecting a reaction following last week's slow start, but the Sharks are tough to beat. I'm backing Cronulla to cover and for Sione Katoa and Ryan Papenhuyzen to get tries.

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Anytime Tryscorer Tip: Ryan Papenhuyzen Anytime Tryscorer @20/21 at bet365 - 2 Units
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