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Preview: Sharks v Titans

Cronulla fans who switched off in disgust following last Friday night's debacle against the Broncos might be persuaded to take an interest in this game knowing that skipper Paul Gallen will be back.
Preview: Sharks v Titans
by NRL

Cronulla fans who switched off in disgust following last Friday night's debacle against the Broncos might be persuaded to take an interest in this game knowing that skipper Paul Gallen will be back.

Gallen has such an influence over the Sharks that a wipe-out such as the team suffered in Brisbane would be inconceivable with him in the ranks.

And up against a Titans team that has struggled in this competition from the opening game of the season, there is a good chance those disgruntled Sharks supporters can come away from Toyota Stadium wearing a smile.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has axed backline men Nathan Gardner, Colin Best and John Williams in the wake of the Brisbane loss, promoting Isaac Gordon and Ricky Leutele and recalling Ben Pomeroy from the bench.

To their credit, the Titans have shown signs of competitiveness in the first half of recent games but they have fallen away alarmingly against teams with much higher ambitions. Their second-half capitulation against the Knights last Sunday was one of their poorest efforts.

Consider a Sharks try as First Scoring Play but look to a Sharks/Titans or Titans/Sharks outcome in the Half/Full Double.

Players to include in First Tryscorer calculations are Ben Pomeroy, Nathan Stapleton and Matthew Wright for Cronulla or David Mead and William Zillman and Jordan Rankin for the Titans.

Cronulla v Gold Coast
Toyota Stadium
Saturday night 7.30pm


Saturday August 6, 2011
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Gold Coast Titans at Toyota Park, Woolooware, Sydney (NSW)

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
1 Isaac Gordon, 2 Matthew Wright, 3 Ben Pomeroy, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Nathan Stapleton, 6 Wade Graham, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Josh Cordoba, 9 John Morris, 10 Luke Douglas, 11 Jeremy Smith, 12 Taulima Tautai, 13 Paul Gallen [c]. Subs: 14 Kade Snowden, 15 Sam Tagataese, 16 Paul Aiton, 17 Antony Tupou, 18 Johnny Mannah, 19 Nathan Gardner, 20 Tyson Frizell (three to be omitted).

Gold Coast Titans
1 Jordan Rankin, 2 Steve Michaels, 3 William Zillman, 4 Dominique Peyroux, 5 David Mead, 6 Beau Henry, 7 Scott Prince [c], 8 Luke Bailey, 9 Matt Srama, 10 Matthew White, 11 Anthony Laffranchi, 12 Mark Minichiello, 13 Luke O'Dwyer. Subs: 14 Brenton Lawrence, 15 Will Matthews, 16 Bodene Thompson, 17 Preston Campbell.

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Sharks by 26

OVERALL:
Total Games: 21
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks wins: 17. [Pts: 475]
Gold Coast Titans wins: 4. [Pts: 224]
Draws: 0

Biggest wins:
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 46 pts: 1994 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Round 12 - [View] Sun Jun 5: Sharks 46 d. Gold Coast 0 [Crowd: 7635]
Gold Coast Titans: 14 pts: 2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 18 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4 [Crowd: 19050]

Biggest Crowd: 2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 18 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4 [Crowd: 19050]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: WWWLWWWWWWWWWWLWLWLWW
Gold Coast Titans: LLLWLLLLLLLLLLWLWLWLL

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 12 l. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 36 [Crowd: 12997]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30 d. Gold Coast Titans 16 [Crowd: 10116]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sun: Gold Coast Titans 20 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10 [Crowd: 14714]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30 d. Gold Coast Titans 14 [Crowd: 8214]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Sat: Gold Coast Titans 18 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 4 [Crowd: 19050]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 28 d. Gold Coast Titans 12 [Crowd: 9036]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Mon: Gold Coast Titans 18 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 16 [Crowd: 17946]
1998 National Rugby League - Round 24 - [View] Sat Aug 22: Gold Coast 18 l. Sharks 20 [Crowd: 7017]
1996 Optus Cup - Round 9 - [View] Sat May 18: Sharks 18 d. Gold Coast 10 [Crowd: 3623]
1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 9 - [View] Sat May 6: Gold Coast 14 l. Sharks 40 [Crowd: 6826]

Overall record at Toyota Park, Woolooware, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 490 games, won 292, drawn 10, lost 188.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0 l. Newcastle Knights 18
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26 d. Canberra Raiders 12
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 17 - [View] Sun: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 4
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Fri: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 16 l. Brisbane Broncos 34
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Sun: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18 d. Sydney Roosters 4

Gold Coast Titans: 10 games, won 0, drawn 0, lost 10.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30 d. Gold Coast Titans 16
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30 d. Gold Coast Titans 14
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 28 d. Gold Coast Titans 12
1996 Optus Cup - Round 9 - [View] Sat May 18: Sharks 18 d. Gold Coast 10
1994 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Round 12 - [View] Sun Jun 5: Sharks 46 d. Gold Coast 0

Head to Head at Toyota Park, Woolooware, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 9
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks wins: 9. [Pts: 230]
Gold Coast Titans wins: 0. [Pts: 78]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30 d. Gold Coast Titans 16 [Crowd: 10116]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30 d. Gold Coast Titans 14 [Crowd: 8214]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 28 d. Gold Coast Titans 12 [Crowd: 9036]
1996 Optus Cup - Round 9 - [View] Sat May 18: Sharks 18 d. Gold Coast 10 [Crowd: 3623]
1994 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Round 12 - [View] Sun Jun 5: Sharks 46 d. Gold Coast 0 [Crowd: 7635]

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