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NRL: Sharks to pile more misery on Tigers

Cronulla Sharks should cement their place in the top four of the NRL when they take on the struggling Wests Tigers on Thursday night.

We are fast approaching the business end of the season and the Sharks are right in the mix to launch a push for the 2023 premiership.

The top of the ladder remains tighter than ever with just four points separating the Penrith Panthers at the very top and the New Zealand Warriors down in seventh.

It means every game is hugely important and there can be no slip-ups from the Sharks when they face the Tigers, who hit a new low at the weekend.

They sit bottom of the NRL ladder and once again finals look to be out of reach.

WhatWests Tigers v Cronulla Sharks
WhereCommBank Stadium, Sydney
When19:50 (AEST), Thursday 6th July 2023
How to watchChannel 9. Kayo, Foxtel
OddsWests Tigers 5.00, Cronulla Sharks 1.17

Tigers must show a response

Wests Tigers sit at the bottom of the NRL ladder after picking up just three wins from 15 games so far this season.

They have lost the last four games on the bounce, but the defeat against North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday was particularly humiliating.

They went down 74-0 in Townsville and need to bounce back and restore some pride against the Sharks.

The Tigers have shown what they can do this season when beating the Cowboys 66-18, but North Queensland got the perfect revenge in the latest meeting.

Tim Sheens’ side were missing the influential duo of Luke Brooks and Api Koroisau and that no doubt played a part in the loss.

Wests will also be missing Alex Twal against the Sharks as he is facing a one-match suspension following a hip-drop tackle against the Cowboys.

The Tigers have only won seven of 22 games at CommBank Stadium, so it is hard to say they have home advantage.

However, they do have David Nofoaluma, who has scored seven tries in his last five games at the venue.

Sharks aiming for three in a row

Cronulla Sharks have won the last two games in convincing fashion when seeing off the Bulldogs and Dragons with ease.

It was a good response after the Melbourne Storm beat them by 44 points in the game before.

Apart from that defeat against the Storm, the Sharks have impressed away from home this season when winning four games, so a trip to CommBank Stadium will not worry them.

Indeed, they have shaped up well at the venue in the past when winning 11 of the 21 games played there.

They also have a good record against the Tigers when winning the last two by 24 and 26 points respectively.

The Sharks can be backed at 1.65 to win by 13+ points, or 3.25 to win by 1-12.

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