Sharks Auckland-bound to face in-form Warriors

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Craig Fitzgibbon’s men are coming off a 36-12 win over the Wests Tigers at CommBank Stadium in which winger Sione Katoa crossed for hat-trick.

The Warriors, meanwhile, pulled off a 46-10 victory over an undermanned Eels unit at the same venue with Mitchell Barnett, Luke Metcalf, and Marcelo Montoya all securing doubles.

Fitzgibbon has named the same 17 that took care of business versus the Wests Tigers on Thursday night although Braden Hamlin-Uele has been named among the reserves as he looks to make a return from a minor rib complaint.

Skipper Dale Finucane is still missing through suspension with Cameron McInnes again starting at lock and Nicho Hynes the captain.

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For the Warriors, Bunty Afoa’s streak of 48 consecutive appearances comes to an end with the 26-year-old ruled out due to concussion protocols.

Mitchell Barnett moves into the front row with Josh Curran returning from suspension and into the second row.

Dylan Walker has been named on the interchange despite picking up an arm injury in their win over the Eels.

Shaun Johnson is no certainty to play with the veteran seven expecting his second child this week.

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The last time these sides met was earlier this season in Round 5 at PointsBet Stadium when the Warriors pulled off a remarkable comeback after falling behind 20-0 in the first half.

A Curran try tied proceedings entering the final 10 minutes before Johnson piloted over a penalty goal with 30 seconds remaining to cap off a famous win.

The Sharks have won 10 of their past 13 against the Warriors and five of their past six at Go Media Stadium.


Having won their past three, the Sharks are sitting at third on the ladder and just two competition points behind leaders Penrith.

The Warriors are sitting sixth but on the same number of wins as the Sharks.

Cronulla enter the clash as slight favourites with bookmakers forecasting Fitzgibbon’s men to continue their winning ways on Kiwi soil.

Game & Team Details

Kick-off: Sunday 16 July (2:00pm), Go Media Stadium

Sharks squad: 1. Kennedy; 2. Katoa; 3. Ramien; 4. Talakai; 5. Mulitalo; 6. Moylan; 7. Hynes (c); 8. Kaufusi; 9. Brailey; 10. Rudolf; 11. Nikora; 12. Wilton; 13. McInnes; 14. Graham; 15. Hazelton; 16. Williams; 17. Colquhoun; 18. Tracey; 19. Iro; 20. Hamlin-Uele; 21. Trindall; 22. Hau Tapuha

Warriors squad: 1. Nicoll-Klokstad; 2. Watene-Zelezniak; 3. Berry; 4. Pompey; 5. Montoya; 6. Metcalf; 7. Johnson; 8. Fonua-Blake; 9. Egan; 10. Barnett; 11. Ford; 12. Curran; 13. Harris (c); 14. Lussick; 15. Sironen; 16. Ale; 17. Walker; 18. Going; 20. Volkman; 21. Tuaupiki; 22. Maiu'u; 23. Vailea


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