NRL Match Previews - Cronulla v New Zealand (Round 4)

03-04-2011 12:00PM at Owen Delany Park, Taupo NZ

Referee: Gavin Badger and Brett Suttor
Touch Judges: David Abood and Gavin Reynolds
Referee: Bernard Sutton

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has reached the point, admittedly rather early in the season, where changes are required. Partly due to injury and partly due to performance, these changes reflect the New Zealand clubs' struggle for scoring options so far this year. So with that in mind, Feleti Mateo finds himself in the number 6 spot outside James Maloney and if these two can't produce points for the home side, they are in trouble. Why?

The visiting Sharks have looked positively thrilling over the last fortnight and bring this good form across the Tasman on Sunday afternoon to begin your triple header for the day. For those of you wondering why the Sharks have moved their home game to Owen Delaney Park in Taupo, this beautiful town on the North Island on NZ speaks for itself. As will the Warriors players who stand up and finally open their account for 2011 in a close one.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Feleti Mateo
My Tip: Warriors 21-14

The Teams

  Cronulla Sutherland Sharks               New Zealand Warriors 
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S. Flanagan
J. Bukuya
S. Porter
1. Nathan GardnerFullback1. Glen Fisiiahi
2. Matthew WrightWing2. Bill Tupou
3. Ben PomeroyCentre3. Shaun Berrigan
4. Colin BestCentre4. Simon Mannering
5. John WilliamsWing5. Krisnan Inu
6. Albert KellyFive Eighth6. Feleti Mateo
7. Wade GrahamHalfback7. James Maloney
8. Kade SnowdenProp8. Jacob Lillyman
9. John MorrisHooker9. Aaron Heremaia
10. Luke DouglasProp10. Russell Packer
11. Jeremy SmithSecond Row11. Lewis Brown
12. Anthony TupouSecond Row12. Ukuma Ta'ai
13. Paul GallenLock13. Michael Luck
14. Josh CordobaInterchange14. Kevin Locke
15. Broderick WrightInterchange15. Steve Rapira
16. Paul AitonInterchange16. Ben Matulino
17. Dean CollisInterchange17. Elijah Taylor
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I. John
M. Vatuvei
S. Johnson
J. Ropati
G. Fisiiahi
S. Rapira

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 22 Toyota Stadium New Zealand Warriors 37-10
2010 NRL - Round 2 Mt Smart Stadium New Zealand Warriors 30-16
2009 Round 13 Toyota Stadium Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 18-10
2008 Round 23 Mt Smart Stadium New Zealand Warriors 18-4
2008 Round 14 Toyota Stadium Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 24-8

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