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  • New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks predictions for Saturday’s NRL game
  • The Round 21 clash is being played on the Gold Coast (6am BST)
  • Cronulla have seen under 54.5 points lost 13 of their last 15 games
  • Will we see the Sharks’ defence stand up?
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Braydon Trindall scored against the Warriors in Round 17 (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 04 Aug 2021
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New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions


Cronulla’s focus will turn to defence which should see this one go under 54.5 points. Braydon Trindall is in great form, scored against the Warriors in Round 17 and can score again.
  • New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • New Zealand Warriors Form
  • New Zealand Warriors Injuries & Team News
  • New Zealand Warriors Line Up
  • Cronulla Sharks Form
  • Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News
  • Cronulla Sharks Line Up
  • New Zealand Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks Live Stream FAQ

  • New Zealand Warriors have lost 7 of their last 8 games.
  • New Zealand Warriors have seen under 54.5 total points lost 5 of their last 6 games.
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 8 of their last 9 games against New Zealand Warriors.
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 6 of their last 9 games.
  • Cronulla Sharks have seen under 54.5 total points lost 13 of their last 15 games.
  • Cronulla Sharks’ Braydon Trindall has scored 3 tries in his last 4 games.

Head to Head


Cronulla have a 26-17 advantage against New Zealand. 

The Sharks have won eight of the last nine encounters including 20-12 in Round 17 this season.

New Zealand Warriors Form


New Zealand have lost seven of their last eight games and are looking unlikely to make the finals. 

The Warriors lost eight straight from May to July including a 60-22 defeat to South Sydney in Round 19.

Nathan Brown’s side bounced back with an 18-16 win against Wests Tigers last week. They were down 10-0 at half time but hit back with three straight tries including two to Euan Aitken.

New Zealand Warriors Injuries & Team News


Chanel Harris-Tavita (pectoral), Addin Fonua-Blake (finger) and Matt Lodge (suspension) are all named to return for the Warriors.

Peta Hiku moves to the centres with Euan Aitken remaining in the back-row in what is likely to be a permanent switch.

Chad Townsend (shoulder) is due back next week. Ben Murdoch-Masila (foot), Tohu Harris (shoulder) Leeson Ah Mau (personal) and Wayde Egan (shoulder) are out for the season.

New Zealand Warriors Line Up


1. Reece Walsh
2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
3. Peta Hiku
4. Viliami Vailea 
5. Marcelo Montoya
6. Chanel Harris-Tavita
7. Sean O'Sullivan
8. Addin Fonua-Blake
9. Jazz Tevaga
10. Matt Lodge
11. Euan Aitken
12. Josh Curran
13. Bayley Sironen

Interchange

14. Kodi Nikorima
15. Bunty Afoa
16. Kane Evans
17. Eliesa Katoa

Reserves

18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
20. Edward Kosi
21. Jack Murchie
22. Adam Pompey

Cronulla Sharks Form


Cronulla won four consecutive matches from May to June. They have alternated wins and losses in their last five games. 

Josh Hannay’s side lost 26-18 against Brisbane, beat the Warriors 20-12 before a 34-18 loss against Canberra.

The Sharks crushed Canterbury 44-24 before a 44-20 loss against Manly on Monday. They were trailing 16-10 at half time but couldn’t contain Tom Trbojevic in the second half.

Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News


Jesse Ramien (ear infection) returns in the centres with Siosifa Talakai back to the second-row. 

Matt Moylan (calf) has been named among the reserves and could be a late inclusion.

Shaun Johnson (hamstring) is out for the season with Teig Wilton (hamstring) and Wade Graham (head knock) out indefinitely.

Cronulla Sharks Line Up


1. Will Kennedy
2. Sione Katoa
3. Will Chambers
4. Jesse Ramien
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Connor Tracey
7. Braydon Trindall
8. Toby Rudolf
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Siosifa Talakai
13. Jack Williams

Interchange

14. Braden Hamlin-Uele
15. Royce Hunt
16. Aiden Tolman
17. Andrew Fifita

Reserves

18. Jonaiah Lualua
19. Luke Metcalf
20. Billy Magoulias
21. Matt Moylan

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Verdict

I am backing under 54.5 total points with the Sharks focusing on their defence. There is value on Braydon Trindall continuing his tryscoring form.

Best Bet: Under 54.5 Total Points @-105.26 at BetMGM - 5 Units
Value Bet: Braydon Trindall Anytime Tryscorer @230.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Braydon Trindall First Tryscorer @2500.0 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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