Canberra takes on Cronulla at Remondis Stadium on Sunday at 2pm.
CRONULLA SHARKS v CANBERRA RAIDERS at Remondis Stadium, Sunday 2.00pm
Head to Head: Sharks 33 Raiders 28
Last clash: Round 26, 2013 - Sharks 38 bt Raiders 18 at GIO Stadium
Michael Chammas writes: The battle to avoid the wooden spoon. Cronulla will be playing with plenty of emotion given the ASADA findings. It could just spark them to victory against former coach Ricky Stuart.
Tip: Sharks by 10
AAP writes: Cronulla’s players will be relieved to take out their frustrations over the ASADA affair against the Raiders or distracted by the off-field dramas sweeping through their ranks. Given the Sharks have been handling this for more than a year, you think they should be well practised at keeping their attention on the football, though the actual issuing of show-cause notices might be different to just being under investigation. Ricky Stuart will hope his old club aren’t fully focused and the Raiders can steal a win to avoid the ignominy of back-to-back wooden spoons for their coach.
Key: The start. If the Raiders get off to a flyer, it’s hard to see the Sharks being bothered about the game given their other issues.
SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Jonathan Wright, Ricky Leutele, Valentine Holmes, Fa'amanu Brown, Jeff Robson, Tim Robinson, Michael Lichaa, Matt Prior, Chris Heighington, Anthony Tupou, Paul Gallen (capt). Interchange: Pat Politoni, Junior Roqica, Tupou Sopoaga, Blake Ayshford, Sione Masima (one to be omitted).
RAIDERS: Jack Wighton, Bill Tupou, Jarrod Croker (capt), Jeremy Hawkins, Edrick Lee, Anthony Milford, Josh McCrone (capt), Shannon Boyd, Glen Buttriss, Dane Tilse, Josh Papalii, Jarrad Kennedy, Joel Edwards. Interchange: Mitch Cornish, Matt McIlwrick, Kyle ODonnell, Paul Vaughan.
Referees: Henry Perenara, Gavin Reynolds.
Ladbrokes: Sharks $1.80, Raiders $2.05
Betfair: Sharks $1.84, Raiders $2.08
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the NRL match between Cronulla and Canberra at Remondis Stadium.
Once again the ASADA scandal has dominated everything Sharks-related this week, but they will need to put all of that to one side as they attempt to avoid the wooden spoon.
It's a similar story for Ricky Stuart's embattled Raiders, who are in 15th place, ahead of Cronulla only on for and against.
There have been a raft of changes since the ASADA findings came out this week, with Sharks skipper Paul Gallen and Anthony Tupou among those making way from the original selected line-up.
And we are underway, with the Sharks kicking off.
Following Canberra's initial set of six, the Sharks get hold of possession deep in their own half. But a penalty gives them some early field position.
Some neat attacking play down the left wing ends up with another Sharks penalty as they look to get off to a strong start. But that is immediately undone by a Matt Prior knock-on.
Errors aplenty early on between the competition's cellar dwellers. This time it's the Raiders kicking the ball out on the full.
The Sharks with the best chance of scoring so far, with Jonathan Wright tackled just short of the line and attempting to get the offload away. But he only manages to knock the ball on as the Raiders survive.
Both sides are lacking a little creativity with ball in hand. Ten minutes in and there is no score.
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