Cronulla finished atop a fast-finishing Manly outfit 20-14 on Sunday afternoon at 4 Pines Park to win back-to-back games at the venue for the first time in club history.
The Knights, meanwhile, took down the Titans 46-26 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday in what was their highest-scoring game since Round 16, 2013 to break a three-game losing streak.
Cameron McInnes is expected to spend up to a month on the sidelines after fracturing his hand in the side’s win over Manly.
Oregon Kaufusi returns after missing last week through illness to take McInnes’ spot in the front row whilst Braydon Trindall remains on the interchange.
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Siosifa Talakai withdrew from last week’s clash due to a neck complaint and will be unavailable for Saturday’s clash with Connor Tracey named in the centres.
Braden Hamlin-Uele has also been named among the reserves as he eyes an early return from a lower leg issue.
The only change for Adam O’Brien’s Knights is Leo Thompson shifting from the front row to lock and Jack Hetherington vice versa.
Adam Elliott returned from a 10-week injury layoff in the side’s win over the Gold Coast and has again been named to come off the interchange.
Newcastle have won four of their past six against Cronulla after a four-year period in which they lost eight-straight to them including a 62-0 thumping in 2016.
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The sides met twice last year with Cronulla coming out victorious on both occasions – an 18-0 Round 4 win in the Shire and a 38-16 Round 25 win in the Hunter.
This will be the third year in a row that the Sharks have shifted a home game to Coffs Harbour; on the previous two occasions, they pulled out wins against the Titans.
Cronulla still possess the premiership’s most potent attack – they lead the NRL in points per game and line breaks per game – whilst the Knights concede more average metres than any other team.
Expect a high-scoring but competitive affair with players on both sides still vying for Origin spots with the series opener just two weeks away.
Sharks seven Nicho Hynes is one player who selectors will be keeping an eye on; the 26-year-old leads the league in average try involvements and is the premiership’s most prolific running halfback.
The Sharks enter this one as favourites with bookmakers expecting Craig Fitzgibbon’s men secure their fifth win from their past six.
Kick-off: Saturday 20 May (3:00pm), C.ex Coffs International Stadium
Sharks squad: 1. Kennedy; 2. Katoa; 3. Ramien; 4. Tracey; 5. Mulitalo; 6. Moylan; 7. Hynes; 8. Kaufusi; 9. Brailey; 10. Hunt; 11. Nikora; 12. Wilton; 13. Finucane; 14. Trindall; 15. Williams; 16. Graham (c); 17. Hazelton; 18. Atkinson; 19. Hiroti; 20. Hamlin-Uele; 21. Colquhoun; 22. Berrell
Knights squad: 1. Miller; 2. Young; 3. Gagai; 4. Best; 5. Marzhew; 6. Ponga; 7. Hastings; 8. D Saifiti; 9. Crossland; 10. Hetherington; 11. Frizell; 12. Fitzgibbon; 13. Thompson; 14. Gamble; 15. J Saifiti; 16. Elliott; 17. Croker; 18. Johns; 19. Tuala; 20. Clune; 21. Hunt; 22. Sasagi
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