While the Sharks are another of the NRL’s heavyweights to be hit hard during the representative period, they remain in good stead with Luke Lewis, Valentine Holmes and captain Paul Gallen still on deck to steer the ship over the coming weeks.
James Maloney’s play-making ability will surely be noticed at stages, but it gives Chad Townsend a chance to prove he has the ability to lead a side around the park. Matt Prior returns from suspension to fill the void left by Andrew Fifita while Edrick Lee comes in for his fourth game of the season.
Maloney’s exclusion could be the biggest strength for the Bulldogs on Saturday night, as their attack continues to be a problem for them in 2017. In the second half last week, they showed glimpses of what it could be but fell at the final hurdle to the Roosters.
Without enforcers Josh Jackson and David Klemmer this week, the Bulldogs will be presented with a different challenge, but it will allow fringe players to stake their claim for a regular spot in Des Hasler’s side.
More often than not, when Cronulla is locked into a defensive grind, it suits their style of play, however, this may be the Bulldogs’ only option to upset the reigning premiers on their home turf.
Sharks by 8.
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