Written by Mr Puntsource
The Cronulla Sharks will host the North Queensland Cowboys in game one, Round 9 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership in 2023; It doesn’t get more competitive in round nine as these two fight it out for another two points; The Cronulla Sharks sit fifth on the ladder and wouldn’t be feeling too comfortable because if they lose they will fall down as far as ninth with seven teams on the table all sitting on 10 points, so in terms of a danger game this is it for Sharks fans.
The North Queensland Cowboys are having an average season thus far sitting fifteenth on the ladder which is something we haven’t witnessed in a while, that being written if they win, it’s a potential climb with those sitting on six points, but in terms of where they need to be still so far away, this is another must-win game for the Cowboys! can they go back to back beating Cronulla at Pointsbet stadium again?
Is the upset on the cards you bet! belief is a powerful asset when a team all share one belief there going to be hard to stop, that’s why the Cowboys were able to hold out the Knights, statistics may indicate current form but they don’t measure belief, Todd Payten and his crew of soldiers were able to pull it off the last time they met the Sharks, sure they can do it again!
There is no difference between these two when it comes to defence, both teams leaking around twenty-one points a match, if the Cowboys don’t bring their defence then the Sharks will win, Sharks have been averaging ten more points a match than the Cowboys so if its a shootout it will be a one-sided affair.
Connor Tracey, Jayden Berrell, Jesse Colquhoun, and Mawene Hiroti are in for the Sharks, and Ben Hampton, Brendan Elliot, Kulikefu Finefeuiaki and Taniela Sadrugu slot in for the North Queensland Cowboys.
Since 1998, Cronulla Sharks has been winning sixty-four per cent of the head-to-head clashes; Cronulla Sharks at home have won four from the last five against the North Queensland Cowboys; the last time these two met? the Cowboys were victorious winning 32-30.
In Round Eight, the Cronulla Sharks beat the Bulldogs 33-20, and the North Queensland Cowboys beat the Knights 18-16.
Since Round One, The Cronulla Sharks are currently averaging twenty-seven points per match, and the North Queensland Cowboys have averaged seventeen.
Since Round One, the Cronulla Sharks are currently leaking twenty-one points a match in 2023, while the North Queensland Cowboys have been leaking twenty-one points a match.
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