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Round 11 Key Match-Ups

The Cronulla Sharks have found some rhythm over the past month winning four-from-four and seem to be flying a little under the radar as they start to get key players back from injury.

The Bulldogs are coming off a last-start win and will be looking to build some consistency into their season against the red hot home side.

We take a look at some of the key match-ups across the park in this afternoon's Round 11 clash.

Andrew Fifita vs Aaron Woods

Former NSW Blues teammates (or are they?), Andrew Fifita and Aaron Woods, go head-to-head this afternoon in what's sure to be a physical clash up front.

Coming off the back of an outstanding 80-minute display against the Raiders, where he ran for 157 metres and made 43 tackles, Fifita poses a serious threat to the Bulldogs side, so it's no surprise to see him leading the Dally M voting after 10 rounds.

Andrew is at the top of his game and is playing some fantastic footy for the Sharks, making his cheeky remark about Origin all the more intriguing.

He's committed to representing Tonga in the Pacific Test, which falls on the eve of Origin II, but when asked last week whether he would make himself available for NSW again, he laughed as he replied; "if they let me play games one and three".

On form there's no better option, he's arguably the most lethal front-rower in the game right now, and our very own wrecking ball is ready to wreak havoc against his former Blues team mates.

Matt Prior vs David Klemmer

A lot can happen in three weeks, just ask Matt Prior.

From laying in a hospital bed in Sydney the morning of his inspirational performance against the Titans on the Gold Coast, to the birth of his baby girl last Saturday morning before driving himself down to Canberra for yet another outstanding knock. Matt Prior is the ultimate team man.

He's one of the most consistent performers in the Sharks pack week in week out. You always know what you're going to get with 'Prizza'. He's also one of the most underrated front-rowers in the game.

This week will be no different for Prior, he'll come out and set the tone for the Sharks pack with strong carries and hard-hitting tackles in what's sure to be another solid performance from our number 10.

Matt Moylan vs Matt Frawley

As enticing as the physical slog up-front is, the battle in the halves is set to be just as intriguing.

Matt Moylan is starting to relish in the responsibility of leading the boys around the park.

You can see that his combinations are continuing to build, as he finds himself becoming more fluent as one of the key playmakers for the Sharks.

Last week his flashes of brilliance in both attack and defence were on show, nearly scoring his first 4-pointer in black, white and blue, and stopping another when he put his body on the line with a great one-on-one tackle.

It's only going to take one game or moment for Moylan to break open, and this week could be the one that opens the flood gates!

Can the Doggies upset the in-form Sharks at home? Only time will tell.

Grab your tickets for what's set to be a cracking afternoon of footy in the Shire.

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