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NRL: Sharks aim to build on Rabbitohs win

Cronulla Sharks are back on track after a win against the Rabbitohs last weekend but need to back it up against the Gold Coast Titans on Friday night.

The Sharks had hit a sticky patch at just the wrong time, but after a convincing win over South Sydney in Perth, they will be looking to kick on.

Finishing in the top four is still a possibility, but just ensuring they finish in finals will be the main aim for the Sharks.

The Titans face a minor miracle if they are to force their way into the top eight but a win at PointsBet Stadium could keep the dream alive for another week at least.

There is a lot riding on the game and the atmosphere under the lights at Shark Park should be hot.

WhatCronulla Sharks v Gold Coast Titans 
WherePointsBet Stadium, Sydney
When18:00 (AEST) Friday 11th August, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsCronulla Sharks 1.36, Gold Coast Titans 3.10

Sharks back on track

Cronulla were very impressive for long periods when beating South Sydney at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

They romped in to a 26-0 lead midway through the second half against the stunned bunnies and a mammoth victory looked to be on the cards.

However they let Souths back into the game and had to survive a nervy finish after conceding three tries in an 11-minute period.

Thankfully for the Sharks they managed to hold their nerve and get the job done, but there can be no repeat against the Titans.

Despite being outside of the eight, the Gold Coast are capable of scoring big if they click into gear, and the Sharks will have to be on their guard.

This will be the first time the two sides have met this season but the Sharks do have an impressive record against the Titans.

Indeed the Sharks have won the last eight meetings and will fancy their chances of making it nine.

It could be a close one though and the Sharks are priced at 6.50 to win by 1-5 points.

They should be boosted by the return of Ronaldo Mulitalo from a jaw injury and he will be among the hot fancies to grab the first try of the game.

Titans target upset

The Titans sit in 13th spot on the ladder, four points away from the top eight with just four games remaining.

And with games against the Sharks, Panthers, Storm and Bulldogs to come, playing finals looks a tall order.

They are a side that shows plenty of spirit however, and can be proud of the way they pushed the Warriors all the way despite playing 64 minutes of the game with 12 men.

The Warriors eventually won 28-18 as the Titans tired late on, but their confidence should not be effected heading into their next assignment.

And despite the fact that the Sharks have dominated the head-to-head meetings recently, Gold Coast’s record at PointsBet Stadium in solid.

They have won three of their last five trips to the venue so the game should hold no fear for them.

Gold Coast will also be boosted by the return of their skipper Tino Fa'asuamaleaui who is back from suspension, but Moeaki Fotuaika is out after copping a ban.

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