j polson KICKOFF
Click here for full coverage.
Sharks Stadium, Monday 7pm (AEST)Last meeting: Round 2 2013 – Souths 14 bt Sharks 12 at ANZ StadiumHead-to-head: Sharks 45 Souths 40 drawn 3Referees: Ben Cummins, Brett SuttorTV: FoxSports 1 (live)TAB Sportsbet: Sharks $3.40 Souths $1.33FootyTab: Sharks +6.5
Phil Mitchell writes: Not that they need any encouragement but Souths diehards will be death-riding their arch rivals the Roosters on Saturday night. If the the Storm beat the Roosters and the Rabbitohs defeat Cronulla, Souths will move three points clear of the Storm and four ahead of the Roosters at the top of the table. That would be a handy buffer heading into the State of Origin period, which is unlikely to affect Souths too much but will test the Roosters and Storm.
The Rabbitohs will be mindful, though, not to get ahead of themselves because Cronulla are likely to be tricky opponents. The Sharks will be buoyed by the return of internationals Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis, and have won their two previous encounters against the Rabbitohs at Sharks Stadium.
Phil’s tip: Rabbitohs by four
AAP writes: South Sydney have enjoyed an entirely smooth ride in their rise to the top of the NRL ladder this year. That all changed when star signing Ben Te’o was this week accused of assaulting a Brisbane woman. How that will impact their on-field form remains to be seen. But if there is one team in the competition who is aware of what a disruptive preparation can do to a team’s form, it’s Cronulla. But the Sharks appear to have managed to put the distracting ASADA investigation to one side for the time being, winning three straight games. Cronulla also welcome back Test stars Paul Gallen and Luke Lewis from injury.
Key: This is one of Michael Maguire’s biggest tests since returning to the NRL as a head coach. How he handles the group while Te’o’s name remains in the headlines for the wrong reasons will determine whether or not the Bunnies can continue their terrific start to the year.
SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Ben Pomeroy, Jonathan Wright, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Ben Ross, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Chris Heighington, Jayson Bukuya, Isaac De Gois, Anthony Tupou, Tyrone Peachey, Sam Tagatese (two to be omitted).
RABBITOHS: Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, Beau Champion, Dylan Walker, Bryson Goodwin, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, George Burgess, Issac Luke, Roy Asotasi, Chris McQueen, Ben Te’o, Sam Burgess. Interchange: Nathan Peats, Jason Clark, Ben Lowe, Jeff Lima, Dave Tyrrell (one to be omitted).
Welcome to tonight’s coverage to wrap up round 11 as the Sharks host the table-topping Rabbitohs. Souths have the chance to go four points clear at the top of the NRL ladder with a win tonight, but wet conditions at Shark Park mean I won’t go predicting anything. We’ll keep you updated with any team changes as they come to hand but we can confirm that Jeff Lima has been left out of the Rabbitohs’ 17. Some big news breaking out of the NSW Origin camp with Kurt Gidley ruled out of next week’s opener, we’ll have a story on smh南京夜网.au which I’ll send your way as soon as we get it. Queensland have just named their side as well:
Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), Dave Shillington, Nate Myles, Sam Thaiday, Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Ben Te’o, Matt Gillett, Corey Parker, Chris McQueen. 18th and 19th men: Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Papalii.
Big news with Chris McQueen being handed his Origin debut, while Daly Cherry-Evans’ chances presumably hinge on injuries after Cooper Cronk wasn’t charged after Saturday’s match.
The teams are on the field and we’re moments away from kick-off.
1 min: Bryson Goodwin gets us under way and Ben Ross takes the first hit-up for the Sharks.
This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.