Only a couple of years back, the Cronulla vs Parramatta fixture would have been a forgotten game between two bottom of the table teams, Although, in recent year, both teams have massively improved. Parramatta currently sit in the top four of the ladder and the Sharks are the defending premiers. That makes this match can’t miss footy and the result can be a major difference maker later in the season both on the ladder and with momentum on the field.
While every team so far seems to be stuck on a single win, the Eels are one of the few teams that have picked up four points and put them in the top four.
Parramatta will go without young forward Tepai Moeroa as he serves a suspension for a high-shot. Corey Norman returns to the provisional line-up along with David Gower, Kirisome Auva’a, Siosaia Vava and Cameron King.
Norman will be an important member of the Parramatta squad and if he can turn on in the halves and get the ball into the hands of his key players, it would give the Eels the extra leg up on the Sharks.
A lot of pressure will be of the Sharks hooker James Segeyaro as he returns to Australia and if the Eels can apply enough of a target on him he may not hold and being the hooker he is touching the ball after almost every tackle so he need to be on his game. If Parramatta causes Segeyaro to fall apart then Cronulla will struggle in attack.
The Sharks come into this round hot off the heals of signing former Penrith hooker James Segeyaro. He has been added into the provisional line-up along with outside backs Gerard Beale and Sosaia Feki as well as big man Tony Williams.
The Sharks are in the unique position of have two top level halves that have been with the club for over a year know and know the clubs plays. The addition of experienced and skilful hooker Segeyaro is a major help. There use of the experience and power in the forwards crossed with the youth and speed in in Cronulla’s backline is there X-factor and they will need to play on that to bring up another two points.
None of the players from their round their loss to the Dragons have not been named in the provisional line-up for round four although they do still have Daniel Mortimer recovering from knee injury.
This will be a close battle but the Cronulla halves pack should be enough to punch through the Parramatta for a four point win.
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