NSW Cup Sharks to tame the Roos

The Sharks will be out to rebound from just their second loss of the 2013 season when they take on the Wyong Roos at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.


Despite being beaten by the Newcastle Knights at their last start the Sharks remain five points clear on top of the NSW Cup ladder, with a win against Wyong set to go a long way towards securing the minor premiership, therefore putting the Sharks in the box seat come finals time.


With the NRL squad somewhat healthier than in the past few weeks, a number of quality players including Nathan Gardner, Mark Taufua, Chad Townsend and Stewart Mills will run out this weekend for the Sharks side, giving them an extremely formidable look.


The NSW Cup Sharks v Wyong match will be televised live on Fox Sports from 12.40pm, as the second game of three Sharks games to be shown live on Saturday.


NSWRLs Brad Preston has again produced a match preview ahead of the game which is scheduled for Leichhardt Oval.



Summary: Cronulla head into this clash in a very unfamiliar position, off the back of a loss. The Sharks dropped just their second game of 2013 when they went down to the Knights 16-8 up at Cessnock last Saturday night.


The Roos looked set to register just their fifth win of the season against the Sea Eagles last round only for a last minute Manly try to deny them victory.


Given their lofty standards, the Sharks are currently in the middle of a mini slump so to speak having lost two of their last four as well as being held to a draw by the Cutters. Tony Herman and his men will be looking to find their best form once again in the lead up to the finals and the Roos can expect to feel their full force this weekend.


The Sharks pack will be bolstered by the inclusion of Mark Taufua here while the Roos will bring Allen Malau back into the starting side and will also welcome Joel Patterson back to the fold.


The Roos currently sit two points clear of the Bulldogs at the foot of the ladder but are likely to need one or possibly two more wins to avoid the spoon give that Canterbury still has a bye up their sleeves.


Talking Point:

Time to Rip in With Wyong confirming midweek that Rip Taylor will be the clubs Head Coach for the 2014/15 seasons, it is now job audition time for the current crop of players as Taylor will no doubt be evaluating the list thoroughly over the coming weeks.

We doubt Taylor will do a Sticky and sit them down in a room together and put some blokes in one corner, and others in another, but he will need to make some tough choices, and the red pen will be ready to go through some names we reckon.


Prediction:

Hard to see anything other than a Sharks win. Sharks by 20.


Cronulla Sharks Vs Wyong Roos

Leichhardt Oval, Saturday, August 3

Kick-off: 12.40pm

Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

Broadcast: LIVE on Fox Sports 1