Wests Tigers will look to bounce back in to the top eight of the competition when they take on the Cronulla Sharks this Sunday at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

After a heartbreaking 16-14 defeat to the Sydney Roosters last weekend saw Wests Tigers drop out of the top eight for the first time this season, Ivan Cleary's side will be desperate to get back in the winners circle as they head over to the Shire to face a Cronulla side similarly craving a bounce-back win.

Entering last week's game against the Origin-depleted Rabbitohs with a four-game winning streak, Cronulla were simply outmuscled and enthused from the opening whistle — going down 22-14 in a result that offered far more respectability on the scoreboard than it did on the actual field with two late tries.

Shane Flanagan's side rarely dish up poor performances back-to-back, and they'll receive a number of boosts this week as they return home to Southern Cross Group Stadium where they've won their last three.

Co-captain Wade Graham has been cleared of any serious problems from last week's concussion and has been named to start on Sunday, while Origin flyer Valentine Holmes is also available — the outside back named to play at fullback after featuring for Queensland in the series opener on Wednesday night.

For Wests Tigers, the only real change is that of Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, who replaces the injured David Nofoaluma on the wing. Watene-Zelezniak returns to the squad after featuring in the majority of the season so far, and will have fond memories of Southern Cross Group Stadium having scored the first try of his career at the ground last year when the two teams met almost 12 months ago to the date.

Historically, Wests Tigers do have a good head-to-head record against Cronulla, but have lost their last four matches against the Sharks and will need to be at their best to combat a vocal home crowd on Sunday.

Ivan Cleary's side have shown they can match it with any side in the competition this year and will still be smarting after letting the two points slip through their fingers last week. Will that desire be enough to see the visitors bounce back to form this weekend or will it be the home side who gets back in the groove?

 

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Sunday, June 10, 2018

Time — 2:00pm AEST

Venue — Southern Cross Group Stadium, Woolooware

 

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Fox League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 2GB 873

Live Stream —Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL Streaming (exc. Australia) 

LATEST CROWNBET ODDS

H2H — Cronulla Sharks ($1.50), Wests Tigers ($2.60)

LINE — Cronulla Sharks -6.0 ($1.92), Wests Tigers +6.0 ($1.92)

Odds correct as of 3:00pm, Thursday, June 7 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly

 

TEAM LISTS

LATEST (2pm, Saturday) — Valentine Holmes is set to back up from Wednesday's State of Origin series opener, with Wade Graham also cleared of any concussion issues. Scott Sorensen and Sosaia Feki drop off the reserves list for Cronulla, while Robbie Rochow and Tyson Gamble drop back to play in reserve-grade.

 CRONULLA SHARKS     WESTS TIGERS 
 Valentine Holmes  1   Tuimoala Lolohea
 Sione Katoa  2   Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 
 Jesse Ramien   3   Esan Marsters 
 Ricky Leutele   4   Mahe Fonua 
 Edrick Lee   5   Corey Thompson 
 Matt Moylan   6   Benji Marshall (capt.) 
 Chad Townsend   7   Luke Brooks 
 Andrew Fifita   8   Russell Packer 
 Jayden Brailey   9   Elijah Taylor 
 Matt Prior   10   Ben Matulino 
 Luke Lewis   11   Chris Lawrence 
 Wade Graham (capt.)   12   Michael Chee Kam 
 Paul Gallen (capt.)  13   Matt Eisenhuth 
 Joseph Paulo  Int. 14   Alex Twal 
 James Segeyaro   Int. 15  Josh Reynolds 
 Jack Williams   Int. 16  Josh Aloiai 
 Jayson Bukuya   Int. 17   Tim Grant 
 Kurt Capewell   Res. 18 /20  Pita Godinet 
 Ava Seumanufagai   Res. 19/21   Kevin Naiqama
 Shane Flanagan   Coach  Ivan Cleary 


MATCH OFFICIALS

Match Referees — Adam Gee and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

Touch Judges — Brett Suttor and Liam Nicholls

Review Officials — Henry Perenara and Luke Patten