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NRL: Sharks and Bulldogs seeking responses

After heavy defeats for both teams last time out, the Cronulla Sharks and Canterbury Bulldogs will be eyeing a return to winning ways when they clash at Shark Park on Sunday.

The Sharks were put to the sword by Melbourne Storm last weekend, while Canterbury Bulldogs will be seeking a response after a hefty defeat at the hands of the Parramatta Eels.

WhatCronulla Sharks v Canterbury Bulldogs
WhereEndeavour Field, Sydney
When16:05 (AEST) Sunday 18th June, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsCronulla Sharks 1.51, Canterbury Bulldogs 5.50

Storm hit Sharks hard

A 54-10 defeat on the road at Melbourne Storm gave the Cronulla Sharks a reminder they can’t be off the boil if they are to challenge for the title this season.

After defeat to the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne in their last two outings, the last win over Newcastle Knights on 20th May feels like a long time ago.

Craig Fitzgibbon's men can’t afford to make it three defeats on the bounce and they are 1.51 favourites to get the job done against Canterbury this weekend.

Fitzgibbon has opted against making wholesale changes after the thrashing by Melbourne and there is just one enforced change.

Royce Hunt’s ankle injury, which will require an operation, has seen Thomas Hazelton come in on the bench and Oregon Kaufusi brought into the starting line-up.

Bulldogs looking to learn from first-half nightmare

Canterbury will be determined to make a better start this weekend than they did against Eels, as they had a first 40 minutes to forget.

The Bulldogs found themselves 24-6 down at the break, before going on to lose the game on home soil against Parramatta 34-12.

Now Canterbury face an uphill battle on the road at Cronulla and things have been made more difficult with Matt Burton being called up to the Blues squad for the State of Origin series.

Meanwhile, Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Luke Thompson are both sidelined due to illness and a foot injury respectively.

Braidon Burns has been brought in on the wing for Blues trymachine Josh Addo-Carr who is a notable absentee from the Bulldogs backline.

Bulldogs record does not look good

Looking at the head-to-head record between these sides and it makes tough reading for Canterbury supporters.

The Bulldogs have lost four matches on the spin against the Sharks, including a 33-20 defeat back in Round 8 this season.

With that in mind, looking at the Line market might be the way to go for this Sunday’s encounter at Endeavour Field.

The Sharks will be eager to make a fast start against the Bulldogs and the hosts could be set to rack up a big score of their own this weekend.

Cronulla are available at 1.91 to win with a -16.5 handicap and help consolidate their place in the top eight in the NRL standings. 

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