A top four spot will be on the line when these teams do battle on Saturday night.
These sides currently occupy third and fourth on the table and with just two rounds left they aren’t guaranteed a spot in the top four so getting the two points will be high priority.
Cronulla returned to their winning ways last start with a tradesman-like 26-16 win over the Cowboys in Townsville while the Roosters left it late to overcome a pesky Wests Tigers outfit, 22-18.
MINDS ON THE JOB?
Are CRONULLA now ready to defend their NRL title?
For a number of weeks the Sharks have looked as though they were going through the motions but last week was the first sign that they are coming out of their funk.
Although the 10-point winning margin against the Cowboys at 1300Smiles Stadium wasn’t huge, it definitely flattered the home side who scored two tries late to add some respectability to the score.
After consecutive 13+ defeats against Brisbane and Canberra it was just the tonic that Shane Flanagan would’ve been looking for coming into Round 25.
THE TEAM MOST LIKELY?
The SYDNEY ROOSTERS have seemed like the team most likely to challenge the Melbourne Storm for the title on a number of occasions this season.
The chooks raced out to an early lead against the Tigers last week but found themselves down by two points heading into the final 10 minutes of play. Like all good teams, they found a way to win and secured the two points despite their lacklustre approach after getting two early tries.
They have been in pretty good form of late with four wins in their past six. The two defeats were against Manly, where they gave up a big early lead, and Melbourne in what was described as one of the games of the season.
If the Sydney Roosters turn up and play for 80 minutes there isn’t many teams that can match them.
CRONULLA has owned this fixture since 2013.
The Sharks are on a six-game winning streak against the Roosters which is their longest against any current side in the NRL.
You only have to go back to Round 17 this year for their most recent encounter which was at Gosford and the chooks were given a lesson in rugby league that day.
Cronulla ran away with the match 44-12 which was their second straight win over the Roosters by 13 points or more. A Sharkies win by 13+ is returning $4.33 @ Sportsbet.
Punters are being served up an early preview of what semi-final footy will be.
Both teams have been backed to win the premiership throughout the season and still represent good value to go all the way with the Roosters $6.50 (@ Centrebet) on the third line of betting behind the Storm and Broncos. The Sharkies are great odds @ $13 (Centrebet) to go back-to-back.
In this match though we are leaning slightly towards the home side ($1.83 @ bet365) even though they are 5-6 at Shark Park this season.
When looking at the tryscorer markets back Sosaia Feki to score First Try. The Sharks flyer opened the scoring against the Raiders three weeks ago but hasn’t consecutive in consecutive games since.
Bet365 have Feki @ $11 to cross the line first.
SOSAIA FEKI FIRST TRYSCORER