Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Roosters primed for fourth win on the trot over Sharks

Andrew Hendrie 11 Apr 2019
  • Cronulla Sharks meet Sydney Roosters in Round 5 of the NRL on Saturday
  • Roosters have won the last three games between the teams
Sharks host Roosters on Saturday (PA Images)

Sydney Roosters target a fourth consecutive win over Cronulla Sharks when the two sides square off in NRL Round 5 action on Saturday night.

Sharks vs Roosters kicks off at 7.30pm AEST at PointsBet Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


There was a time between 2014-17 that Cronulla dominated the Roosters, winning six straight games against the current reigning premiers, but the Roosters have turned the tables in recent times, prevailing in their last three meetings - and the Tricolours look the goods to make it four on Saturday night.

After losing the opening game of their title defence to the Rabbitohs, the Roosters have won their last three, including a superb 36-4 demolition of the Broncos last week.

James Tedesco is an early favourite for the Dally M Medal after a blistering start to the season, while Luke Keary is arguably the form half in the competition at the moment.

Trent Robinson’s side only gets stronger this week, with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returning from a rib injury, pushing Nat Butcher out of the side.

Cronulla also welcome back a couple of big stars for this contest, with Shaun Johnson and captain Paul Gallen each returning to the side after missing the 24-12 defeat to Parramatta last week.

However, Matt Moylan is still out and he is joined in the casualty ward by Aaron Woods, who broke his foot against the Eels.

It’s been hard to get a read on the Sharks this season - they’re 2-2, but their two wins came against lowly Queensland sides the Titans and Cowboys, while they’ve also lost to the Knights, in addition to Parramatta last week.

It doesn’t look like form worthy of troubling the minor premiers on Saturday night. The Roosters are looking in excellent touch right now and will be full of confidence after destroying the Broncos last week. It’s looking like win No. 4 on the trot for the Roosters on Saturday.

Match Odds


Sydney Roosters - $1.50
Cronulla Sharks - $2.63

Stats


  • Roosters have won the last three games between the sides
  • Sharks won the previous six before those
  • Roosters won their last clash at PointsBet Stadium 28-10 in R5 last year

Teams


Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Sione Katoa 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Scott Sorensen. Reserves: 18. Kyle Flanagan 19. Will Kennedy 20. Braden Hamlin-Uele 21. Aaron Gray

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Victor Radley 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14. Lindsay Collins 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Poasa Faamausili 17. Mitchell Aubusson. Reserves: 18. Nat Butcher 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Sam Verrills 23. Lachlan Lam

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