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NRL: Sharks ready to bite fireless Dragons

Cronulla Sharks will aim to put the pressure on the top three when they take on the struggling Dragons in the opening game of week 18 on Thursday.

It remains tighter than ever on the NRL ladder, with just four points separating top spot and ninth, and the Sharks remain right in the mix.

They sit fourth heading into the game and nothing other than a win against the rock-bottom Dragons, will do.

The Dragons look to be in turmoil as they struggle for wins, while their captain also wants out of the club, but their chances of an upset cannot be completely dismissed.

It is all set up for a Sharks win, but we’ve had big shocks in the NRL already this season and another one cannot be ruled out.

WhatCronulla Sharks v St George Illawarra Dragons
WherePointsBet Stadium, Sydney
When19:50 (AEST), Thursday 29th June 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsCronulla Sharks 1.11, St George Illawarra Dragons 6.50

Fresh Sharks ready to fire

The Sharks head into the game on the back of a bye and will be fresh and raring to go for the run-in to the finals campaign.

They smashed the Bulldogs 48-10 in round 16 and will have the luxury of naming the same side when they face the Dragons.

Cronulla have won three of the last five games, losing to the Storm and Broncos, and are looking in good shape as they average 26.3 points a game.

Ronaldo Mulitalo and Will Kennedy have been two of the main contributors to the points tally, having scored 25 tries between them so far this season and will be huge threats once again.

The two sides have already met on one occasion this season, back in March, and the Sharks won by 32 points on that occasion.

And on Thursday night they are priced at 11.00 to win by 31-35 points.

Dragons need to step up

If the Dragons are to avoid such a heavy defeat then they will have to raise their game.

The Red V put in a poor performance against the New Zealand Warriors on Friday night when losing by 30 points on home turf.

Their defence left a lot to be desired and they will have to tighten up against a ruthless Sharks attack.

A lot of the players will be playing for their future at the club with new coach Shane Flanagan waiting to come in and the supporters will be expecting a response out on the field.

One player that wants out is skipper Ben Hunt and it is possible all the unrest surrounding that situation would have contributed to the heaviest loss of the season against the Warriors.

Hunt is said to have held talks with club officials on Monday and will still skipper the side and play halfback against the Sharks.

Centre Moses Suli suffered a head knock against the Warriors and the Dragons will be hoping he gets the all-clear to feature.

The Dragons have lost their last six games against the Sharks, so the omens and odds are stacked against them heading into the game and they are 13.00 to edge a victory by 1-5 points.

However, they have shown what they are capable of when beating the Rabbitohs and Roosters, while they also ran the Panthers close, so an upset cannot be ruled out.

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