Sharks vs Dragons Round 11 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Sharks vs Dragons Tips

Cronulla Sharks are desperate to snap a six-game losing run when they host rivals St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 11 of the NRL on Friday night.

Sharks vs Dragons Tips, Preview & Predictions

Cronulla Sharks vs St George Illawarra Dragons free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Sharks have won four of the last five meetings between the teams…

Sharks vs Dragons Tips

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Sharks vs Dragons Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday May 21
Time: 7.55pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Jubilee Stadium

Sharks vs Dragons Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 14/3/21: Dragons 18-32 Sharks
  • 25/7/20: Sharks 28-24 Dragons
  • 14/6/20: Dragons 30-16 Sharks
  • 18/8/19: Sharks 18-12 Dragons
  • 26/5/19: Dragons 9-22 Sharks

Sharks vs Dragons Preview and Prediction

It’s now or never for the Sharks if they want to have any chance of saving their season as they prepare to face the Dragons on Friday night.

Cronulla have been a basket case since sacking coach John Morris and come into this encounter having won just two of their 10 games this season.

However, the good news for the Sharks is that one of those wins came against the Dragons back in Round 1, while they’ve got a good recent record over their rivals, winning four of the last five.

Additionally, the Sharks produced a much-improved performance during Magic Round, hanging with premiership contenders South Sydney all match in a 32-22 defeat.

Cronulla have also had the toughest draw imaginable over the last few weeks, coming up against last season’s grand finalists in Melbourne and Penrith before their clash with Souths.

Another factor that gives the Sharks hope in this clash is that the Dragons have suffered a number of key outs stemming from last week’s loss to the Storm.

Indeed, the Dragons are without Josh McGuire, Tyrell Fuimaono, Mikaele Ravalawa and Tariq Sims due to suspension, while star fullback Matt Dufty is out injured.

With four defeats from their last five matches (and the only win coming against last-place Canterbury), the Dragons are in danger of slipping out of the top eight – especially with those aforementioned players suspended for multiple weeks.

This is a fantastic chance for the Sharks to regain some confidence and finally return to the winners circle. We can expect points given both sides’ fragile defences, but Cronulla have a good record in this match-up and should be able to take care of this depleted Dragons outfit.

Sharks vs Dragons Teams

As mentioned, Josh McGuire, Tyrell Fuimaono, Mikaele Ravalawa and Tariq Sims are all suspended, while Matt Dufty is injured for the Dragons.

No changes for the Sharks, although Shaun Johnson is a chance to return and has been named in the reserves.

Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Josh Dugan 4. Will Chambers 5. Connor Tracey 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Teig Wilton 16. Jack Williams 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Shaun Johnson 19. Billy Magoulias 20. Franklin Pele 21. Jenson Taumoepeau

Dragons team: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Max Feagai 3. Jack Bird 4. Billy Burns 5. Jordan Pereira 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Jackson Ford 13. Poasa Faamausili 14. Kaide Ellis 15. Jaiyden Hunt 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Junior Amone 18. Adam Clune 19. Billy Brittain 20. Hayden Lomax 21. Gerard Beale

Sharks vs Dragons Stats

  • Sharks have won four of the last five meetings between the teams
  • Dragons have lost four of their last five games
  • Six of the Sharks’ last seven matches have gone over the total points line
  • Mawene Hiroti has scored a try in his last three home matches
  • Cody Ramsey has scored a try in three of his last four matches
  • Aaron Woods has scored a try in three of his last four matches vs the Dragons
  • Josh Dugan has scored a try in three of his last four matches at Jubilee

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