The Sharks are at ‘home’ on the Sunshine Coast this weekend when they host the North Queensland Cowboys in a round four match-up on Saturday.
A Sharks home game but to be played at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, the match will kick off at 4.30pm local time (5.30pm Sydney time) with both teams desperate for a win with the Cowboys yet to record a victory in 2021 and the Cronulla side sitting on two points following the opening three rounds of the season.
After suffering a horrendous injury toll last weekend in a loss to the Eels, one in which the Sharks won plenty of admirers for their determination under adversity, this week’s team includes a couple of forced changes and two players who will be undergoing the concussion protocols to prove their fitness ahead of Saturday’s game.
Sione Katoa comes out due to a knee injury, his place to be taken by Mawene Hiroti, while Briton Nikora is set to sit out the next two games due to a suspension handed down for a shoulder charge.
Teig Wilton, who defensively was outstanding for the Sharks in the Eels match, slots into Nikora’s position in the back row.
While confident they will shake off the cobwebs of the head knocks suffered last Saturday night, Wade Graham and Will Kennedy still need to pass all protocols before being cleared to play.
With the injury and suspension omissions, Braydon Trindall, a Sunshine Coast junior, comes into the Sharks 17 as their bench utility.
The match also sees Valentine Holmes come up against his old club, with the premiership-winning former Shark to run out for the Cowboys.
While the situation is subject to change as a result of the Queensland COVID infections, as of today the game is going ahead on the Sunshine Coast, with any alterations or further information to be communicated if and when available.
The two 21-man squads are listed below;
Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William KennedyFullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Mawene HirotiWinger for Cowboys is number 2 Murray Taulagi
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh DuganCentre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
Centre for Sharks is number 4 Connor TraceyCentre for Cowboys is number 4 Connelly Lemuelu
Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo MulitaloWinger for Cowboys is number 5 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt MoylanFive-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Cowboys is number 7 Ben Hampton
Prop for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-UeleProp for Cowboys is number 8 Francis Molo
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke BraileyHooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron WoodsProp for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Teig Wilton2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Shane Wright
2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Ben Condon
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Toby RudolfLock for Cowboys is number 13 Josh McGuire
Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Braydon TrindallInterchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Aiden TolmanInterchange for Cowboys is number 15 Coen Hess
Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack WilliamsInterchange for Cowboys is number 16 Corey Jensen
Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Billy MagouliasInterchange for Cowboys is number 17 Lachlan Burr
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Darian Furner
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein