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Last updated: 11 Jul 2024
Ryan Tucker 11 Jul 2024
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  • Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers expert predictions for Friday’s Round 19 NRL game
  • Wests Tigers have allowed 40+ points in 4 of their last 6 games
  • The Sharks are expected to win big despite recent poor form
Will Kennedy
Sharks and Wests (Getty)

Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers Predictions

Wests Tigers have allowed 40 or more points to their opponents in four of their last six games. Cronulla Sharks should be able to run up a score and win big. 
  • Cronulla Sharks vs Wests Tigers Predictions
  • Head to Head 
  • Cronulla Sharks Form
  • Cronulla Sharks Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Team List
  • Wests Tigers Form
  • Wests Tigers Team News
  • Wests Tigers Team List

  • Wests have lost 7 straight Friday night games dating back to the start of the 2023 season.
  • The Tigers allow 27.37 points per game to their opposition, 2nd most in the league.
  • Cronulla have averaged 35 points in their last 5 victories against the Tigers.
  • Wests have allowed a try to the opposition fullback in each of their two last games

Head to Head 

These two teams have met seven times since the beginning of the 2019 season with Cronulla winning five of those. Wests are the most recent victors though with a 32-6 humiliation in Round 3 earlier this season. 

Cronulla Sharks Form

The Sharks are in trouble. They have lost two in a row as well as 5 of their last 6 and are only hanging on to their top 8 spot thanks to a string of wins against lower ranked opponents earlier in the year. 

Last weekend against the Titans, Cronulla were stifled in their attack, seeming to give up the ball every time they started to gain momentum. 

Their opposition had pretty much scored two tries before they had any decent ball themselves with Possession skewed 37% - 63% in favour of Gold Coast in the first half. 

Things evened out in the 2nd term as they generally do but the Sharks could not find the spark needed to bust the Titans goal line defence despite 42 Tackles attacking the line.

Cronulla Sharks Team News

Sione Katoa returns from concussion protocols and takes his spot on the wing but with Nicho Hynes injuring himself at training this week Daniel Atkinson moves from the wing directly into the five-eighth role with Braydon Trindall going to halfback. 

Teig Wilton is in at backrower for the suspended Siosifa Talakai and Toby Rudolf is again named on the bench despite being resigned to the reserves prior to kick off last weekend. Braden Hamlin-Uele and Jesse Colquhoun replace Jack Williams and Thomas Hazelton on the bench.

Cronulla Sharks Team List

1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Jesse Ramien
4. Kayal Iro
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Daniel Atkinson
7. Braydon Trindall
8. Royce Hunt
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Oregon Kaufusi
11. Briton Nikora
12. Teig Wilton
13. Cameron McInnes

14. Jesse Colquhoun
15. Thomas Hazelton
16. Toby Rudolf
17. Braden Hamlin-Uele

18. Tuku Hau Tapuha
19. Chris Vea'ila
20. Billy Burns
21. Niwhai Puru
22. Jayden Berrell

Wests Tigers Form

The Tigers were on a bit of a roll in Rounds 15 & 16 but over the last two weekends of footy have allowed their opponent to score 40 on both occasions. 

The performances coincide with Wests lack of consistency this season and is the main reason they are at the bottom of the table heading into this weekend.

The Tigers once again had a mountain of Tackles Inside 20m of their opponent but could not convert their chances at the same rate with the Storm simply outscoring them on the day. Wests missed 32 Tackles and committed 11 Errors in the game.

Wests Tigers Team News

Justin Olam seems to be in and out of this team on a week to week basis, again being left out of the squad. Alex Lobb is the new winger with Solomona Faataape at centre. 

David Klemmer is named at starting prop after a shift from the bench just before the start of the game last weekend. Fonua Pole is the lock with Stefano Utoikamnu the other front row forward. 

Reuben Porter is a new addition to the bench with Justin Matamua the 18th man.

Wests Tigers Team List

1. Jahream Bula
2. Alex Lobb
3. Adam Doueihi
4. Solomona Faataape
5. Charlie Staines
6. Lachlan Galvin
7. Aidan Sezer
8. Stefano Utoikamanu
9. Api Koroisau
10. David Klemmer
11. John Bateman
12. Samuela Fainu
13. Fonua Pole

14. Heath Mason
15. Sione Fainu
16. Alex Seyfarth
17. Reuben Porter

18. Justin Matamua
19. Tallyn Da Silva
20. Starford To'a
21. Josh Feledy
​​​​​​​22. Jordan Miller


The Sharks can run up points but limit Wests and keep the Game Total low. There will be a number of tryscorers for the home team but I am backing Will Kennedy to get the first one.

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