Round 20: 5 Things You Should Know
The 5 things you need to know about the round 20 clash between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Cronulla Sharks at Belmore Sports Ground.
#1: PAST 8 CLASHES
The Bulldogs have enjoyed plenty of success over the Sharks in recent years with seven wins from their past eight encounters.
The Sharks only win came in 2011 when the defeated the Bulldogs 26-10 at ANZ Stadium, but otherwise it has been one way traffic dating back to 2008.
This weekend's clash between the two sides will be their first encounter since round two last year.
2014: Bulldogs 42 Sharks 4
2013: Bulldogs 24 Sharks 8
2012: Bulldogs 26 Sharks 6
2011: Bulldogs 19 Sharks 12, Sharks 26 Bulldogs 10
2010: Bulldogs 24 Sharks 12
2009: Bulldogs 24 Sharks 12
2008: Bulldogs 30 Sharks 22
#2: TWINS BATTLE
This Sunday's clash between the Bulldogs and the Sharks will see two sets of identical twins go head to head for the second time this year.
It's the first time the Morris twins meet the Fifita twins, but it's not the first time the Morris twins have come up against an indentical set of twins.
The Morris brothers clashed earlier in the year against Tom andd George Burgess on Good Friday when the Rabbitohs won 18-17.
The Morris brothers are 28 years of age and Brett is the older twin by 10 minutes, while the Fifita brothers are 25 years of age and Andrew has David covered by 10 minutes.
#3: IN-FORM SHARKS
After starting the season with four losses, the Sharks have been one of the form teams in the competition over the past six weeks.
The Sharks have won five of their past six matches and will be looking to make it three in a row against the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
Two of their victories have come against the Roosters and Cowboys, bot sides in the top four and three of their victories have been by six or less points.
Throughout tis run of form, the Sharks have scored a total of 129 points, while conceding 106 points to have them sitting in the top eight for the first time in more than two years.
#4: SUPER LEAGUE THE LAST BATTLE
The last time these two sides met at Belmore was back in 1997 when the Sharks came away with a 13-12 victory.
It's been 18 years since the two sides have clashed at Belmore and this Sunday will be the 29th encounter at Belmore.
The Sharks have won the last two clashes at the ground by one point margains, but the overall record at our spiritual home ground stands in our favour.
Last time they met at Belmore: Monday, March 10, 1997 in Round 02.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 13 (Les Davidson, Chris McKenna tries; Mat Rogers 2 goals from 2 attempts; Mitch Healey field goal)
Canterbury Bulldogs 12 (Solomon Haumono try; Daryl Halligan 4 goals from 5 attempts)
Bulldogs: 7.Fullback Rod Silva; 20.Wing Hazem El Masri, 22.Centre John Timu, 33.Centre Matthew Ryan, 11.Wing Daryl Halligan; 42.Five-Eighth Travis Norton, 1.Halfback Craig Polla-Mounter; 10.Lock Steve Reardon, 25.Second Row Simon Gillies, 50.Second Row Solomon Haumono, 3.Front Row Darren Britt, 19.Hooker Jason Hetherington, 5.Front Row Mitch Newton. Interchange: 18.Michael Smith, 23.Robert Relf, 35.Shane Marteene, 4.Barry Berrigan.
Sharks: 21.Fullback David Peachey; 23.Wing Richie Barnett, 3.Centre Andrew Ettingshausen, 17.Centre Geoff Bell, 45.Wing Mat Rogers; 6.Five-Eighth Mitch Healey, 7.Halfback Paul Green; 13.Lock Tawera Nikau, 12.Second Row Nathan Long, 24.Second Row Sean Ryan, 26.Front Row Tiaan Strauss, 9.Hooker Dean Treister, 38.Front Row Les Davidson. Interchange: 33.Russell Richardson, 31.Chris McKenna, 32.Stuart Pierce, 18.Adam Dykes.
Referee: Bill Harrigan.
Bulldogs Coach: Chris Anderson. Sharks Coach: John Lang.
BELMORE RECORD v SHARKS:
#5: LONG RANGE SPECIALIST
The Bulldogs have become the long range try specialist in the NRL.
The Bulldogs join the Warriors and Cowboys to have scored the most tries from the other side of half-way.
All three clubs have 10 tries next team there name when they have ran more than 50 metres to score a try, while the Bulldogs opponents the Sharks have only scored 1.
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