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Madimack Matchups - Sharks v Titans

Cronulla will strive to maintain an unblemished record at their home away from home on the Coffs Coast when they tackle the rejuvenated Titans on Friday evening.

The Sharks haven't been defeated at Coff Harbour's C.ex International Stadium in three games dating back to 2021, and with this week's match already sold out, Craig Fitzgibbon's team can expect fervent support from the locals.

The Titans will be confident and refreshed, however, having just enjoyed a bye after drubbing the Warriors 66-6 in a stunning last-start performance.

With no shortage of storylines, the stage is set for several interesting head-to-head battles. Read on for Sharks Media's Madimack Matchups to monitor.

Madimack Matchups - Round 18

Will Kennedy v Keano Kini

Sharks custodian Kennedy has the edge over his fullback counterpart Kini in the experience stakes, with 96 NRL games compared to 14.

Kennedy's poise is key for the Sharks, with potentially slippery conditions in Coffs meaning they'll need to be on song with their attacking execution.

Kini is an exciting young talent, having worn Gold Coast's No.1 jersey in every game since Round 10. While still raw, he has game-breaking abilities.

Jesse Ramien v Brian Kelly

Arguably in career-best form, explosive centre Ramien has surpassed 190 metres in two of his past three matches. Not just powerful, the NSW Blues hopeful has shown finesse in producing seven try assists this year, including one last week.

The 27-year-old is set to mark fellow Indigenous star Kelly, who is a dangerous customer despite only crossing the line himself twice this season. The elusive Titans back has still accumulated six try assists and nine line breaks. 

Tom Hazelton v Moeaki Fotuaika

Back in the starting side after three games on the bench, Hazelton brings size and energy to Cronulla's pack. The towering prop has been hard to handle in 2024, scoring five tries and averaging 1.7 tackle breaks per appearance.

Hazelton is tasked with nullifying rival front-rower Fotuaika, the eight-time Maroons and Tonga representative who spearheads the Titans' engine room.

With the Sharks having been slow starters in recent games, it'll be imperative for Hazelton and co to keep Fotuaika and his fellow big men at bay early doors.

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