PointsBet Stadium will play host to Saturday's Round 21 NRL game between Cronulla Sharks and St. George Illawarra Dragons. The game kicks off at 7:35 pm with Cronulla Sharks heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Cronulla Sharks vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Saturday August 6, 2022 at 7:35 pm
Where: PointsBet Stadium
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Cronulla Sharks vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Preview
The latest instalment of the fiery southern Sydney derby shapes as make or break for St George Illawarra, while Cronulla can further entrench itself in the Top 4.
The Sharks outlasted the in-form Rabbitohs 21-20 in a golden point classic last Saturday, Nicho Hynes the hero as he capped a stellar performance with the winning field goal. It was their seventh win from eight games in the Shire this season.
In a tough setback for the Sharks, fullback Will Kennedy is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with Kade Dykes named to debut in his place. Braydon Trindall joins the bench with Royce Hunt out.
The Dragons sit two points outside the Top 8 after three losses from their last four games. Following an impressive, Ben Hunt-led 20-6 win over Manly in Round 19, they fell away badly in a 34-8 home defeat to North Queensland last Sunday.
The Saints are unchanged this week but are far too reliant on Hunt – they’d be in the bottom four if the halfback wasn’t having a career-best season.
The Sharks have won the six of the last seven southern Sydney derbies, including a 36-12 beatdown in Wollongong in Round 3 this season. The Dragons’ last win in the Shire was back in early-2018.
This match will say plenty about St George Illawarra’s resolve and the spirit in Anthony Griffin’s camp, which is fraying if the whispers are to be believed. Cronulla will be determined to maintain the momentum its built recently and should comfortably notch a seventh win in eight games.
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