NRL Match Previews - Sharks v Bulldogs (Round 17)

03-07-2010 07:30PM at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford

Referee: Jason Robinson and Alan Shortall
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and David Munro
Referee: Steve Clark

Even with the Bulldogs improved performance from last week, one could not help but notice that this good form only lasted 20 minutes against the Raiders, who are not renowned for making late comebacks. The Dogs, it must be said, looked a little shaky in the latter stages of their victory but it seems the bookies are back on the Belmore bandwagon.

They are un-backable favourites against a Cronulla side missing some rep players but it will not be easy. This match could be slightly less than a good advertisement for rugby league on the central coast. The Sharks defence and point scoring ability continue to improve, whilst the Bulldogs are yet to prove they have officially climbed out of that very deep hole. They scrape home here through the brilliance of Ben Barba.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Ben Barba
My Tip: Bulldogs 20-14

The Teams

  Cronulla Sutherland Sharks               Canterbury Bulldogs 
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J. Bukuya
R. Williams
1. Nathan GardnerFullback1. Luke Patten
2. Blake FergusonWing2. Steve Turner
3. Dean CollisCentre3. Josh Morris
4. Ben PomeroyCentre4. Shane Neumann
5. Isaac GordonWing5. Bryson Goodwin
6. Scott PorterFive Eighth6. Ben Barba
7. Tim SmithHalfback7. Brett Kimmorley
8. Josh CordobaProp8. Ben Hannant
9. John MorrisHooker9. Joel Romelo
10. Luke DouglasProp10. Ryan Tandy
11. Grant MillingtonSecond Row11. Jamal Idris
12. Broderick WrightSecond Row12. Andrew Ryan
13. Anthony TupouLock13. David Stagg
14. Luke HarlenInterchange14. Mickey Paea
15. Taulima TautaiInterchange15. Michael Hodgson
16. Paul AitonInterchange16. Gary Warburton
17. Siosaia VaveInterchange17. Blake Green
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B. Roberts
C. Payne

Head to Head

2009 Round 4 ANZ Stadium, Homebush Canterbury Bulldogs 24-12
2008 Round 11 ANZ Stadium Canterbury Bulldogs 30-22
2007 Round 17 Toyota Park Canterbury Bulldogs 14-12
2007 Round 10 Telstra Stadium Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 30-20

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