Round 16 NSW Cup Preview
Cronulla Sharks Vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Henson Park, Saturday, June 28
Referee: Chris Treneman
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Steele Sports Radio (Link available via www.steelesports.com.au)
The Cronulla Sharks showed that their title defence is still alive and well after a 34 point win over Manly last weekend while the Bulldogs ran into a rampant Knights outfit up in Newcastle.
With just ten matches remaining in the regular season it would appear 28 or at worst 26 competition points will be the cut off for the top eight.
With that being the case, it would seem that the Bulldogs would most likely have to win at least eight of their remaining nine games, even allowing for their second bye.
While this may be a hill too high to climb, the Dogs will still want to finish off the year in style and perhaps even throw a spanner in the works of a few of the more fancied sides in the process.
With just the four competition points separating the fourth placed Cutters and the tenth placed Jets at present, every match is now an important one for the Sharks.
Currently sitting in sixth, the Sharks are still in a decent position to launch an assault on a top four spot, however a loss or two could see them in real danger of dropping out of the eight altogether.
It’s going to be an exciting run into the finals, with plenty of machinations yet to be played out.
Packing a punch: Win, lose or draw, this Dogs pack looks very good for this round sixteen clash against the Sharks. Cook, Perrett, O’Hanlon and Maitua all suit up here after not going around against the Knights last weekend.
With so much youth in their backline, the Dogs will definitely benefit from having a few more experienced heads back in the side.