Sharks host Broncos in high-stakes top four showdown

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Cronulla are coming off a bye and have won five of their past six including a last-start victory over a lacklustre Knights side in Coffs Harbour.

Brisbane, meanwhile, pulled off a heart-stopping win in gutsy fashion versus the Warriors in Napier last week despite missing five of their stars due to Origin commitments.

Kevin Walters’ men led by 16 with under seven minutes remaining and went within inches of surrendering their lead only for a video review that found rookie winger Deine Mariner was illegally held back in the lead-up to a potential match-tying try salvaging the result.

The Sharks have named Nicho Hynes to back up from his Origin debut on Wednesday night whilst Siosifa Talakai has been named to return from a neck injury with Connor Tracey named among the reserves.

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Cameron McInnes will miss at least another week with a hand fracture.

For Brisbane, all five of their Origin stars – Payne Haas, Selwyn Cobbo, Reece Walsh, Patrick Carrigan and Thomas Flegler – have been named in the 17 with Corey Jensen and Kobe Hetherington reverting to the interchange and Deine Mariner, Tristan Sailor, Keenan Palasia, Xavier Willison and Brendan Piakura dropping out.

Corey Oates has been named among the reserves as he eyes a return from a knee issue.

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The Broncos have won eight of their past 10 against the Sharks including six of their past seven at PointsBet Stadium.

These sides last met in Round 8 of last year with the Broncos coming away with a 16-7 win at Suncorp Stadium.

Both sides enter the clash on 18 competition points despite Brisbane having won two extra games due to bye scheduling.


The Sharks sit at second on the ladder with Brisbane third on for-and-against; the clash could prove pivotal as the sides jostle for finals positioning come the pointy end of the year.

Forecasting the level sides perform at during the Origin period can be difficult although the depth of both sides should assist in mitigating any challenges.

Cronulla enter the clash as favourites with bookmakers anticipating that Craig Fitzgibbon’s men continue their winning ways in front of their home fans.

Game & Team Details

Kick-off: Saturday 3 June (7:35pm), PointsBet Stadium

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

Broncos squad: 1. Walsh; 2. Arthars; 3. Staggs; 4. Farnworth; 5. Cobbo; 6. Mam; 7. Reynolds (c); 8. Flegler; 9. Walters; 10. Haas; 11. Capewell; 12. Riki; 13. Carrigan; 14. Paix; 15. Jensen; 16. Hetherington; 17. Taupa'u; 18. Mariner; 19. Piakura; 20. Palasia; 21. Willison; 22. Oates; 23. Sailor; 24. Madden

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