Cronulla Sharks v Melbourne Storm - Sunday Night
So here we are. The Big Dance. On one side of the ledger we have the Cronulla Sharks - been in the competition for 50 years, never won a big one. On the other side, we have the Melbourne Storm - borne out of the controversial Super League war that changed the game forever. The Storm have been frightfully successful since their inception, winning Grand Finals and being caught up in enough controversy to last several decades. Having said that, Cronulla have had their own controversies in recent seasons!
After a magnificent season of rugby league, we come to the final two. The formguide shows that from half-way, the best two performed sides made it to the GF. Melbourne were brutal in their dismantling of the Sharks 26-6 after they had embarked on a long winning streak. Sometimes winning streaks are just too hard to maintain. The Sharks had to lose to get back on track, and whilst it has taken them time to climb the peak again, the brutality of their flogging ( and you cannot describe it as anything else) of the defending premiers fired a big salvo across Melbourne bows. They come into this game with a full squad, belief, a game plan and a will to win. They will need it all against a determined Melbourne side, who they themselves will have to rise several notches to nullify a Sharks onslaught. They will need more than beach netting to contain these beasts and the Storm showed some vulnerability against Canberra last weekend to make this game ripe for the Sharks to sink their many rows of teeth into.
Ladies and gentlemen: I am declaring the Sharks ($2.12 UNIBET) morals. They have so much going for them and now is their time. They were scintillating last week whilst the Storm so nearly threw it away. The Storm are professionals in these big games but I believe the Sharks time has come and they will produce accordingly. Call me mad, but I am tipping the Sharks to maul. Get on them 13+ ($5.50 Bet365). No prisoners, no mercy. The Sharks have the cattle, they have the firepower. They will be standing victorious on Sunday, with the full support of the Sydney public who will be a 14th man. There is no doubt about it, the crowd will be one-eyed Sharks and it will lift people like Michael Ennis and Luke Lewis - big time players primed to go out victorious.
I expect the Sharks to dominate from go to whoa. Sharks to score First Try ($2.05 Bet365) looks a great investment, and Jack Bird ($21 Bet365) to be the First Try Scorer is beefy odds. To top off what will be a magic day for the Sharks, captain courageous Paul Gallen seems a great chance to take home the Clive Churchill Medal for Man of the Match. Get on the ride into history punters.
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The Big Marn