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NRL Round 17: Sharks v Warriors
In what is a pretty uninspiring round of footy, this is one that is really shaping up as a contest.
The Sharks’ run of wins came to an end last weekend against the Broncos and although the Broncos played well, I think it did show that the Sharks winning run was off the back of them going through a soft part of the draw.
They did lose Moylan late last weekend, but he is out again this weekend, so it is Tracey and Johnson in the halves. Chambers is back in the centres, after missing last weekend due to the birth of his child, while talented youngster Luke Metcalf is on the extended bench.
It is hard to identify what went wrong for the Sharks last weekend, with nearly every key stat in their favour or neutral. They missed far less tackles, ran for more metres and made more line breaks.
However the Broncos capitilised on their chances, while the Sharks were a bit clunkier with their backline movements.
This weekend, they come up against a Warriors team that has undergone a lot of change throughout 2020. They have Lodge joining the squad and moving straight into starting prop. His combination with Fonua-Blake should prove to be very formidable and one of the reasons I think they can win this one.
In the halves, Coach Brown looks set to give Sullivan a go alongside the returning Nikorima, therefore leaving Walsh at 1 and RTS on the wing. I am not sure this is how they will line up on the day, but overall it is a strong line up – despite a few key outs.
The one out that has me really worried is Tohu Harris. The hard working lock forward is one of the Warriors best players and gets through a ton of work. But the Warriors have great depth in the forwards and so I like their chances of holding their own against this Sharks pack.
All in all, I think the Warriors can win this one and because I think both teams are highly unpredictable, I think the longer term more profitable play in this situation is to have a small bet on the head-to-head.
Predicted score Sharks 20 – Warriors 20