Saturday’s third NRL Round 17 match is between Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:35 local time with the game to be played at Shark Park. The home team Cronulla Sharks are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels.
When: 17:35 | Saturday 02/07/2016
Where: Shark Park
Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $1.30
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Luke Lewis at $14.00
Sharks: 1 Ben Barba 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Jack Bird 4 Gerard Beale 5 Valentine Holmes 6 James Maloney 7 Chad Townsend 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Michael Ennis 10 Sam Tagataese 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Paul Gallen Interchange: 14 Ricky Leutele 15 Chris Heighington 16 Matt Prior 17 Jayson Bukuya 18 Joseph Paulo.
Eels: 1 Michael Gordon 2 Semi Radradra 3 Michael Jennings 4 Clinton Gutherson 5 Bevan French 6 Kenneth Edwards 7 Corey Norman 8 Daniel Alvaro 9 Isaac De Gois 10 Danny Wicks 11 Manu Ma’u 12 Beau Scott 13 Tepai Moeroa Interchange: 14 Cody Nelson 15 Peni Terepo 16 David Gower 17 Rory O’Brien.
Streak, what streak? Cronulla star Andrew Fifita isn’t sure the Sharks are even on one.
Cronulla push for a club record 12th successive NRL win against Parramatta this weekend but it seems the NSW forward hasn’t been keeping count.
“Is it a record, is it?” he asked reporters at Sharks training on Tuesday.
“To be honest it doesn’t feel like we have won 11 in a row. I’m not talking about it, the boys are not talking about it. I don’t even remember winning 11 games in a row.
“It just feels like the start of the season and we have had a win and had a loss.
“We are just focusing on this game and this game only.
The Sharks host Parramatta on Sunday at Shark Park where they have an 8-0 record this year, as they attempt to better the club record set by the 2002 and 1977-78 sides, neither of whom, of course, went on to win the premiership.
Only 12.5 per cent of teams that have achieved such a winning streak have gone on to enjoy premiership success, according to Fox Sports Stats.
The Sharks have accounted for Melbourne, Wests Tigers, Gold Coast, Canberra, Penrith, Brisbane, Newcastle, Manly, Canterbury, North Queensland and the Warriors in a winning run that extends back to a round three defeat to the Sea Eagles in mid-march.
Fullback Ben Barba said records aren’t the Sharks’ key focus.
“That record, it is the last thing on our mind. We just want to keep playing good football and if the wins keep coming that is part of it,” Barba said.
“For a team on top of the ladder it is about turning up each week. We are now the hunted rather than the hunter.”
“The challenge for us is to stay on the direction we are on.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change