Sharks host Sea Eagles in pivotal Sunday showdown

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Cronulla were taken care of 44-12 by a hot Warriors side in Auckland as concerns over the side’s ability to compete with fellow top eight teams grew louder.

The Sea Eagles were beaten 19-8 by an in-form Cowboys outfit at 4 Pines Park in a hotly contested affair.

Teig Wilton is out due to a knee injury whilst Craig Fitzgibbon has opted to omit Matt Moylan and rest Wade Graham.

Tongan international Siosifa Talakai has also shifted from the centres back to the interchange.

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Braydon Trindall comes in at five-eighth whilst Jesse Colquhoun starts in the second row and Connor Tracey comes into the centres.

Skipper Dale Finucane returns from suspension at lock pushing Cameron McInnes back to the interchange whilst Royce Hunt has been named among the reserves as he looks to make a return from an ankle injury that has kept him out since Round 15.

Braden Hamlin-Uele remains sidelined with a rib issue.

Matt Lodge will make his Sea Eagles debut off the interchange after being granted a midyear release from the Roosters.

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Sean Keppie also comes onto the pine with Ethan Bullemor and Toafofoa Sipley dropping out.

These sides last met on the Northern Beaches earlier this year with Cronulla coming away with a 20-14 win thanks to tries to Royce Hunt, Sione Katoa, and Jesse Ramien.

The Sharks have beaten Manly in four of their past five but have won just three of their past 13 against them at PointsBet Stadium.


With just three wins from their past six, Cronulla have fallen to sixth on the premiership table with the trio of teams directly below them tied in the wins column.

The Sea Eagles enter this one with just three wins from their past 10 and are now three competition points outside of the top eight.

The Sharks enter this one as favourites with bookmakers expecting the side to bounce back from their disappointing Warriors defeat in front of the Shire faithful.

Game & Team Details

Kick-off: Sunday 23 July (4:05pm), PointsBet Stadium

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

Sea Eagles squad: 1. Garrick; 2. Saab; 3. Parker; 4. Koula; 5. Tu'ipulotu; 6. Schuster; 7. Cherry-Evans; 8. Paseka; 9. Croker; 10. Aloiai; 11. Olakau'atu; 12. Tuilagi; 13. J Trbojevic; 14. Matterson; 15. Woods; 16. Keppie; 17. Lodge; 18. Bullemor; 19. Arthur; 20. Sipley; 21. Tuaimalo Vaega; 22. Chan Kum Tong


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