Cronulla
Sharks
13
Melbourne
Storm
18
FULLTIME
2017-06-08T09:50:00Z
Southern Cross Group Stadium

Preview

Well, where do we begin?

It doesn’t get any bigger than this to open round 14.

The Sharks enter round 14 off the back of a bye, with their Origin representatives getting plenty of rest coming into the clash with their arch-rivals.

The Storm, meanwhile, carved up the Knights quite easily last week, priming themselves for a crack at overturning a recently rough run of results against the reigning premiers.

Let’s start at the back and work our way up.

Billy Slater against Valentine Holmes is a mouth-watering matchup in itself, with the two Queenslanders vying for a berth in the upcoming Maroons squad as both are in exceptional offensive and defensive form.

Origin centres Jack Bird and Will Chambers will go head to head once again in a show of strength and speed.

The battle of the halves – as in any game – will be a key with Origin counterparts James Maloney and Cooper Cronk matching up. The Sharks have successfully nullified Cronk’s impact in recent meetings and will look to do so again this week.

The battle of the forwards will where the game will be won, with both packs in excellent form in 2017.

Andrew Fifita is arguably the best in the game along with Jesse Bromwich, who made a solid return last week following suspension. Cameron Smith’s apparent sternum injury won’t keep him out of Thursday’s clash as he prepares to renew hostilities with Paul Gallen while in-form duo Felise Kaufusi and Tohu Harris come up against the battle-hardened pair of Luke Lewis and Wade Graham.

It’s been Cronulla physically imposing defence that has caused issues for the well-organised Storm in recent times, winning three of their past four encounters, however, the Storm are a different side with Billy Slater, and particularly the form that he is in.

The Storm are 6-0 away from home in 2017 and while the Sharks have a poor home record, both of those stats will count for little.

The bookies can’t split them, and neither can we.

90-minute draw, anyone?

Sharks by 2.

Team Lists

Team Stats


Scoring Plays

Sharks   Storm
2 Tries 3
1 Conversions 3
1 Penalty Goals 0
1 Field Goals 0

Attack

Sharks   Storm
197 All Runs 145
1,651 All Run Metres 1,352
3 Line Breaks 2
15 Offloads 4

Defense

Sharks   Storm
439 Kick Metres 446
0 40/20 1
252 Tackles 377
39 Missed Tackles 52

Discipline

Sharks   Storm
6 Penalties Conceded 9
10 Errors 12
0 Sin Bin 0
0 Send Offs 0

Player Stats

Summary

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. So coach Flanagan reckon Referee Smith did a good job. Look at the penalty count (9-6 to the Sharks) and watch the game again. Watch Gallen, Fifita and Graham complain throughout the game and influence some of the soft penalties the Sharks got!

      • Flanagan is a clown and should have been banned for life. For that serial grub to complain about another team’s style of play is beyond a joke. Hate both the teams but good to see the Storm win, and inflict yet another home ground loss on them

  2. I used to think Ennis was the greatest sook the game has known, but he has been overtaken, overhauled and the sook book re-written by Gallen. What a whining sook. He now has that ‘accolade’ to go alongside his other handle – “The Game’s Biggest Grub”. They are a deadset filthy lot over in the Shire.

  3. Shane Flanaghan and Gallen can GAGF. Bitching about Storm slowing down play – please. They had the refs in their pockets all night and were the recipients of plenty of dubious penalties.

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