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NRL: Raiders fighting to secure finals spot

Canberra Raiders still have some work to do to ensure they play finals and a victory over Cronulla Sharks on Sunday may be required.

The Sharks already have their place in the top eight locked in, while the Raiders, who have the same amount of points, will be hoping to join them.

However, a poor points differential still leaves the green machine vulnerable and, if both the North Queensland Cowboys and South Sydney Rabbitohs win, they will need to do the same against the Sharks.

On the flip side a fifth-place finish is still possible for either the Sharks or Raiders, if Newcastle Knights lose to the St George/Illawarra Dragons on Saturday.

If that happens then the winner of the Sharks versus Raiders will take fifth spot and secure a home final in the process.

So all-in-all, Sunday’s game is massive and is sure to provide a thrilling end to the regular season.

WhatCronulla Sharks v Canberra Raiders
WherePointsBet Stadium, Sydney
When16:05 (AEST), Sunday 3rd September 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsCronulla Sharks 1.44, Canberra Raiders 2.80

Sharks look to bite back

Cronulla had been going great guns when winning three games on the bounce before they came up against an in-form Newcastle side last weekend.

The Knights blew the Sharks of the park at McDonald Jones Stadium, winning 32-6, and Cronulla will be keen to bounce back.

The Sharks will not want to head into finals on the back of two defeats and will be out to knock over the Raiders in front of a packed home crowd.

PointsBet Stadium has become something of a fortress for the Sharks, who have won five of their past seven games at the venue.

They beat the Titans by 30 points in the last game there and have put on some big scores in front of their home fans this season.

Ronaldo Mulitalo has been a big contributor to the points tally when scoring 11 tries in the past eight games at PointsBet Stadium.

The winger can be backed at 7.00 to grab the first try of the game against the Raiders.

The Sharks are also boosted by the return of Nicho Hynes, who missed the defeat against the Knights through injury.

Raiders may have work to do

The Raiders will also be looking to bounce back after losing by 11 points to the Brisbane Broncos last week.

It was a close game until late into the second half, and the Raiders will also be feeling a little hard done by after some refereeing decisions went against them.

The defeat means there is some danger of them missing out on the eight, but at least they will know exactly what they have to do by the time they take to the park on Sunday.

Canberra have already beaten the Sharks once this season. That was way back in round three when they opened up a 24-10 lead before Cronulla fought back to close the gap to just four points.

Another close game could be on the cards and Canberra are priced at 8.00 to win by 1-5 points.

The Raiders do have a great record against the Sharks, winning the last nine games against them, and they could do with another one here to finish on a high.

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