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NRL: Sharks and Cowboys to remember Green

Cronulla Sharks and North Queensland Cowboys will go head-to-head on what is sure to be an emotional night at Endeavour Field.

The fixture between the two sides will also be the inaugural Paul Green medal match in honour of the former Cowboys coach, who tragically passed away last year. 

As well as coaching the Cowboys, Green also represented the Sharks as a player, so it is only fitting that this match will be played in his memory. 

The two clubs will unite to decide on the player of the match, and they will be awarded the Paul Green medal. 

On the field, both sides will head into the game with their confidence high following crucial wins in week eight. 

The Sharks beat the Bulldogs by 13 points, while the Cowboys edged out the Knights by just two points. 

They would both love to go back-to-back and arguably the Cowboys need it more as they sit 15th on the ladder after picking up just three wins so far this season.

WhatCronulla Sharks v North Queensland Cowboys
WhereEndeavour Field, Sydney
When19:50 (AEST), Thursday 27th April, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsCronulla Sharks 1.27, North Queensland Cowboys 3.85

Sharks need home comforts

Cronulla have not quite hit the heights of last season when they spent most of the campaign in the top three. 

However after back-to-back wins they are up to fifth and are starting to hit some form. Now they need to make it three on the bounce in front of the home faithful. 

The Sharks pulled off the biggest win, scoreline wise, when they beat the Bulldogs 33-20 at the weekend, and the week before they beat the Sydney Roosters by 10 points. 

Endeavour Field has hardly been a fortress though. Both the Rabbitohs and Warriors have won there this season and that will give the Cowboys some hope. 

Saying that, the Cowboys have yet to win on the road this season and will need to raise their game to stop the losing streak. 

The Sharks have got the better of the Cowboys in their 50 meetings so far, winning 32 of the games, but North Queensland came out on top in the most recent game. 

That game was in finals with the Cowboys winning on Golden Point, but a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and Cronulla are the hot fancies heading into this game. 

Cronulla are still without the influential Dale Finucane, who will return from suspension next week, but coach Craig Fitzgibbon can name the same 17 that beat Canterbury. 

Ronaldo Mulitalo continues to be the main threat for the Sharks, with the winger scoring 17 tries in 17 games at Endeavour Field. 

With that in mind he can be backed at 6.50 to score the first try on Thursday night and 1.67 to score anytime. 

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Feldt the danger for Cowboys 

The Cowboys are a far cry from the side that went deep into finals in 2022 and they will be hoping the 18-16 win over the Knights can turn their season. 

It is pretty much the same team as last year but their defence has been letting them down and maybe a bit of complacency had set in. 

Five defeats in eight games should be a big wake-up call for Todd Payten’s side, who are a couple of wins away from the top eight and will have to work hard to get in there. They are priced at 5.00 to make the eight and play finals.  

Kyle Feldt could be the man to turn to for inspiration on Thursday night. He has scored 13 tries in his past 15 games against the Sharks and can be backed at 3.00 to score anytime in this latest fixture. 

Like the Sharks, Payten is able to name the same 17 that beat the Knights as Heilum Luki is still a week away from return from a hamstring injury. 

Having Reuben Cotter back against Newcastle was huge and the Queensland State of Origin star will play at lock once again.

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