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Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions & Tips - Bulldogs to keep leaking points in the NRL

  • Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs predictions for Saturday’s NRL game
  • The Round 7 clash is being played at 8.30am BST at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
  • Canterbury have conceded an average of 34 points a game this season
  • I am backing Jesse Ramien and Briton Nikora to score
  • Preview, predictions, stats & line ups
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Jesse Ramien and Briton Nikora are backed to score for the Sharks (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 21 Apr 2021
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Cronulla Sharks vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions

Cronulla are huge favourites here but I am staying away from the handicap market.

The Bulldogs have inexperienced players out wide on their left edge. I am backing Jesse Ramien and Briton Nikora in the tryscoring markets.

  • Cronulla Sharks’ Jesse Ramien and Briton Nikora scored tries last week.
  • Cronulla Sharks have won 6 of their last 7 games against Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have conceded an average of 34 points a game this season.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost 20 of their last 22 games.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost by 12+ points in their last 7 games.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost by 24+ points in 4 of their last 5 games.

Head to Head

Canterbury Bulldogs have a 58-44 advantage against Cronulla Sharks with 2 draws in 104 games.

Cronulla have won six of the last seven including 20-18 last season.

Cronulla Sharks Form

Cronulla started the season with a 32-18 win against the Dragons. They have now lost four of their last five.

There were excuses in a 12-10 loss against Canberra and 28-4 loss against Parramatta. They bounced back with a convincing 48-10 win against the Cowboys.

The Sharks then led the Roosters 18-4 with 20 minutes to go before a late capitulation, going go down 26-18. It was John Morris’ last game in charge with Josh Hannay taking over until the end of the season.

Cronulla blew another lead in a 26-22 defeat in Newcastle last week. They led 22-20 with four minutes to go before conceding a late try.

Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News

Star half-back Shaun Johnson (achilles) has been named on the bench. He hasn’t played since round 19 last season.

Josh Dugan (concussion) has been named in the starting side which sees Teig Wilton shift from centre to second-row. 

Wade Graham (concussion) remains sidelined and Aiden Tolman (suspension) will miss the next two weeks. 

New recruit Will Chambers has been named in the 21-man squad.

Royce Hunt (knee) could return next week. Sione Katoa (knee) is out until rounds 8-10.

Cronulla Sharks Line Up

1. Will Kennedy
2. Mawene Hiroti
3. Josh Dugan
4. Jesse Ramien
5. Connor Tracey
6. Matt Moylan
7. Chad Townsend
8. Braden Hamlin-Uele
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Teig Wilton
13. Toby Rudolf


14. Billy Magoulias
15. Shaun Johnson
16. Jack Williams
17. Siosifa Talakai


18. Braydon Trindall
19. Will Chambers
20. Franklin Pele
21. Jensen Taumoepeau

Canterbury Bulldogs Form

Canterbury sit bottom of the table after six straight defeats. The Bulldogs have now lost 20 of their last 22 games in the NRL.

Trent Barrett’s side lost 32-16 at Newcastle in their first game of the season. They failed to score in their next three games, losing 28-0 against Penrith, 24-0 against Brisbane and 38-0 against South Sydney.

The Bulldogs managed to score against Melbourne but went down 52-18. 

Canterbury lost 30-18 against North Queensland last week. They fought back bravely after Jack Hetherington was sent off in the 55th minute.

Canterbury Bulldogs Injuries & Team News

Jack Hetherington (suspension) is out for five weeks. Dylan Napa and Luke Thompson are the starting props with Renouf Atoni on the bench.

Chris Smith moves into the starting side with Jackson Topine (knee) injured and Ofahiki Ogden left out of the squad.

Brad Deitz, Ava Seumanufagai and Matt Doorey are new faces on the bench

Lachlan Lewis (concussion) hasn't played since round four but is named in the reserves.

Canterbury Bulldogs Predicted Line Up

1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
2. Nick Cotric
3. Will Hopoate
4. Corey Allan
5. Tuipolotu Katoa
6. Jake Averillo
7. Kyle Flanagan
8. Dylan Napa
9. Sione Katoa
10. Luke Thompson
11. Adam Elliott
12. Chris Smith
13. Corey Waddell


14. Brad Deitz
15. Renouf Atoni
16. Ava Seumanufagai
17. Matt Doorey


19. Lachlan Lewis
20. Joe Stimson
21. Nick Meaney
23. Ofahiki Ogden


Jesse Ramien and Briton Nikora scored tries for the Sharks last week. They should get plenty of chances to score against a Bulldogs side leaking tries at an alarming rate.

Best Bets: Jesse Ramien Anytime Tryscorer @138.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Bets: Briton Nikora Anytime Tryscorer @225.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Jesse Ramien First Tryscorer @1100.0 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
First Tryscorer Tip: Briton Nikora First Tryscorer @2000.0 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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