NSW Cup Previews - Round 24

A full preview of all the upcoming weekend action from Round 24 of the New South Wales Rugby League's premier competition - the NSW Cup.

Cronulla Sharks Vs Shellharbour Dragons
Henson Park, Saturday, August 21
Kick-off: 1.00pm
Referee: Chris Sutton
After Shellharbour's loss last week to Wenty, the Dragons season was considered over but after further investigation they are still a mathematical chance (albeit an extremely slim one) of finishing eighth. Very simply they need to win all three of their remaining matches, giving them a total of 16 competition points and at the same time they need Cronulla, Auckland and the Central Coast to all lose their last three games! Whilst highly unlikely, it is feasible as none of those three teams face one another in the last three weeks but both the Sharks and the Vulcans do have matches against the Bears and given North Sydney's current form you would think it would be hard for them to salute on both of those occasions. So what do we take from all of that I hear you ask? The Dragons season is over even though it isn't over and the best they can do is try and progress as far up the ladder as possible before seasons end! The Sharks sit perilously close to finals oblivion as they continue to struggle to lock down that eighth and final spot in the playoffs. Their 36 point loss to the Tigers was a disappointing result for the club considering their form a week earlier against the Dogs. Michael Lett's hat-trick for the Dragons puts him a couple of tries clear of the Vulcans Pita Godinet in the race to be the NSW Cup's top tryscorer in 2010 while for the Sharks, Australian Schoolboy, Luke Pickerd will make his NSW Cup debut in the centres. If the Sharks of a fortnight ago turn up at Henson on Saturday, the Dragons season will be over, but if not, perhaps the Dragons will live to breathe fire for one more week.
Newtown Jets VS Windsor Wolves
Henson Park, Saturday, August 21
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Gerard Sutton
Broadcast: Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available via www.nswrl.com.au's Weekend Game-Cast)
In what is arguably the match of the round, the top of the table Jets will play host to the red hot Wolves. Four wins on the trot has seen Windsor hit form at the right time of the year, and after convincing wins against the likes of the Bears and Sharks in recent weeks plus a few more determined victories against fellow finalists in Melbourne and Balmain to boot, the Wolves are quickly becoming everyone's