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NRL: Hynes key as Sharks aim to take derby honours

Cronulla Sharks will be out to maintain their electric start to the NRL season when they take on the St George/Illawarra Dragons in a local derby on Sunday.

The Sharks have won six out of seven to sit top of the ladder and head into this game on the back of a 40-0 win over the Canberra Raiders last week.

It is still early days, but Cronulla can be backed at 11.00 to go all the way and win the 2024 NRL grand final and Nicho Hynes is playing at the top of his game.

The Dragons had won two games on the bounce before suffering a 42-point defeat against the Sydney Roosters on Anzac Day.

They have shown they can pull of an upset win when beating Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors and will be looking to do the same again at PointsBet Stadium.

There is no love lost between these two South Sydney sides and sparks are expected to fly.

. What: Cronulla Sharks v St George/Illawarra Dragons
. Where: PointsBet Stadium, Sydney
. When: 17:05, Sunday 5th May 2024
. How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel, Channel 9
. Odds: Cronulla Sharks 1.23, St George/Illawarra Dragons 4.20

Sharks going for five in a row

Cronulla have won their last four games on the bounce to take them to the top of the ladder and will be out to pick up number five against the Dragons.

Hynes was a revelation in the win over the Raiders, prompting calls for him to start for New South Wales in the upcoming State of Origin series.

Hynes can be backed at 4.25 to score a try at anytime, but it is Ronaldo Mulitalo who remains the biggest threat.

The winger has scored 32 tries in the last 28 games at PointsBet Stadium and is priced at 5.50 to score at anytime.

The Sharks have won their last seven games against the Dragons and claimed a 52-16 victory in this fixture last season.

They can be backed at 6.00 to beat the Dragons by 16-20 points.

Flanagan makes return to Sharks

Former Sharks head coach Shane Flanagan is now in charge of the Dragons, which will add some extra spice to what is sure to be a fiery encounter.

It will be the first time he has returned to the Sharks as an opposition coach and is sure to have his players fired up.

The Dragons may have been thrashed by the Roosters, but they have started the season better than expected with four wins from eight.

Their record at PointsBet Stadium is not great however, failing to win at the venue since way back in 2018.

Zac Lomax has been in great form so far this season, and the Dragons will need him to be at the top of his game once again.

Lomax can be backed at 4.25 to score a try at anytime.

If any extra motivation is needed, Jack Bird will play his 150th NRL game and the Dragons will want to put a big performance in for him.

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