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NRL: Sharks on the hunt for fourth-straight win

The Cronulla Sharks are one of the form teams in the NRL at this moment and their winning streak will be put to the test when they make the trip to the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday.

Winning all of their last three games, the Sharks are a side on the up but they face a big ask to come out on top against a Warriors side that have been showing their own signs of promise in recent weeks.

WhatNew Zealand Warriors v Cronulla Sharks
WhereGo Media Stadium, Auckland
When14:00 (AEST) Sunday 16th July, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNew Zealand Warriors 1.95, Cronulla Sharks 1.87

Sharks in touching distance

Keeping up the pace with the likes of the Penrith Panthers and Brisbane Broncos at the top of the ladder, Cronulla find themselves just two points off top spot going into Round 20.

Following a 36-12 win over Wests Tigers last Thursday, the Sharks find themselves on a three-match winning streak, with their last defeat coming back on 11th June.

Admittedly it has been a favourable run of fixtures for Cronulla recently against the three lowest-ranked teams in the NRL standings and Sunday’s clash in Auckland will be a much sterner test for the Sharks, who are 1.87 for the win. 

Considering the team’s recent form, it’s little surprise coach Craig Fitzgibbon has opted for the same squad that overcome the Tigers in the last round.

Johnson Availability Still Uncertain

As the Johnson family awaits a new arrival, there is still uncertainty whether Warriors’ star Shaun Johnson will be available for the weekend’s game at Go Media Stadium. Awaiting the birth of his second child, there remain questions on whether the Kiwi playmaker will feature.

Meanwhile, an arm injury has not stopped Dylan Walker from being named to play on Sunday, while Josh Curran is back after completing his two-game suspension.

The Warriors head into this game with confidence built on the back of their 46-10 thrashing of the Parramatta Eels in their last outing.

Sat in sixth place on the ladder heading into this week’s fixtures, the Warriors have been putting together some strong results.

However, they are yet to beat a top-four side this season, which might explain why they are the slight underdogs at 1.95 going into this clash on home soil against the Sharks.  

These sides played out a thrilling spectacle the last time they met earlier this season in Round 5.

The Warriors were trailing 26-6 at one stage in the first-half, before a remarkable comeback was completed with a last-minute penalty goal from Johnson to clinch a 32-30 victory.

Another tight content could well be on the cards for this one, with the Warriors at 1.87 to win with +1.5 in the Line market. 

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