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Round 10 Key Match-Ups

 

The Sharks head to the nation's capital riding the wave of three successive wins, as well as taking an air of confidence from the five victories from their past five matches at GIO Stadium.

It's become somewhat of a happy hunting ground for the boys in the black, white and blue, but they know they'll be up against a tough opposition who will present a formidable challenge, especially against an imposing Raiders pack.

We take a look at tonight's key match-ups, continuing on the celebration of Indigenous Round.

Andrew Fifita vs Iosia Soliola

What a few weeks Fifita has had, propelling him to lead the offloads in the NRL and sit second for most runs.

After thinking his season might be over when he injured a knee against the Dragons, he's bounced back with some strong performances, earning himself a leadership role in the absence of his more experienced teammates.

The likes of both Andrew Fifita and Matt Prior, especially against a physically imposing Raiders pack, will be critical to the Sharks chances of success tonight, and I expect all of our men up front to be up to the task.

 

Edrick Lee vs Nick Cotric

Hasn't big Eddy Lee silenced a few critics in recent weeks! Not only has he ran in two more tries in as many games, he's also playing with an inspiring amount of passion and energy.

After watching the summer he had, I got the feeling Lee was going to be there or thereabouts when the team was named for Round 1. And although he was pipped at the post, when he was given his opportunity in Round 4 against the Storm he snatched it with both hands and ran.

In this week's edition of Big League he spoke on how proud he is of the NRL for recognising his culture and his family's history this weekend, and with the significance this Round has for Lee, surely he's set for a big one against his old teammates. 

 

Jesse Ramien vs Jarrod Croker

Sharks young gun Jesse Ramien earned his call up in Round 3 this year due to injuries crippling the side, and hasn't he well and truly cemented himself in to the starting side.

At just 21 years of age, he's already proving to us all just how long he's going to be around playing NRL for.

Such a strong runner of the ball, that's so hard to put on the ground, if the defence backs off at any time Ramien easily busts through in search of another opportunity.

As such a fine young role model and father, it will be sad to see him go at seasons end, but while he's here soak it all up Sharks fans. Jesse sure is one hell of a player to watch.