NRL Round 18 Preview and Tips – Cronulla Sharks v Canberra Raiders

Cronulla Sharks v Canberra Raiders
Toyota Stadium, 5.30pm

Sharks $1.70, Raiders $2.20

Sharks: Nathan Gardner, Matthew Wright, Ben Pomeroy, Colin Best, Nathan Stapleton, Wade Graham, Chad Townsend, Kade Snowden, John Morris, Luke Douglas, Jeremy Smith, Jayson Bukuya, Paul Gallen (c).  Interchange (from): Anthony Tupou, Sam Tagataese, Stuart Flanagan, Taulima Tautai, Johnny Mannah, Josh Cordoba.

Raiders: Nathan Massey, Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Reece Robinson, Josh McCrone, Sam Williams, Brett White, Alan Tongue (c), Dane Tilse, Joe Picker, Josh Papalii, Shaun Fensom.  Interchange: Glen Buttriss, Bronson Harrison, Trevor Thurling, Josh Miller.

Without being too critical, the Raiders were patchy in their 38 – 12 win over the Roosters last week. That scoreline was only 2 points different to the 40-12 score that the Raider’s dished out on the Sharks way back in Round 1 at Canberra Stadium. Last week’s swollen score line might be good for the Canberra side’s confidence when it comes to this week’s match, but when it comes to confidence it’s the Sharks that are on the crest of a wave. This week they are looking for their 4th straight win and the home crowd has been spurring them on to success. The Cronulla side has scored a massive 62 points in their last two games, and last week’s 26 point haul was achieved without their main man Paul Gallen.

Mike’s Best Bet: None

Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $2496.00

(Team lists sourced from

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