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Despite being officially halfway through the 2017 NRL season, there so far hasn’t been any changing of the guard, with last year’s grand finalists Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks currently occupying the top two spots on the competition ladder, and now the juggernaut sides clash again on Thursday night as the Sharks target a third straight win over their Victorian counterparts.
It’s turned into a fierce rivalry over the last 12 months, obviously due to Cronulla’s thrilling 14-12 win in the 2016 grand final, but also as well because of their energy-sapping duel in April earlier this season, where the scores were locked at 2-2 with 10 minutes remaining on a wet and windy day in Melbourne before the Sharks stormed (pardon the pun) home with a James Maloney field goal and James Segeyaro try to emerge 11-2 winners.
Cronulla were excellent during that period, backing the win up by again not conceding a try in a demolition of the Panthers the following week, and although their form has dipped slightly since, they still come into this encounter on a four-match winning streak, which includes the scalps of the Dragons, Cowboys and Bulldogs.
Melbourne meanwhile head into this contest on the back of a comprehensive 40-12 victory over the Newcastle Knights last week, with Billy Slater producing a magical performance and a statement of intent as selectors draw closer to naming the Queensland Origin team for Game II.
Taking on no less than four NSW players in the Cronulla line-up, Slater will be looking for another big game as he strives for Maroons selection.
That big win over Newcastle was important for Melbourne, who after suffering a shock 38-36 loss to the Titans (a record amount of points scored for a losing team), were less than convincing in an eight-point win over the Rabbitohs in Perth a fortnight ago.
You can’t help but think Cronulla have the wood over Melbourne at the moment. They love getting in a physical scrap and battle with the Storm, and they’ve come out on top in three of the last four meeting, including the last two. Playing in front of their home fans on Friday night, I expect another close win for the Sharkies.
Cronulla Sharks: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Gerard Beale 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen 14. Jayson Bukuya 15. Chris Heighington 16. Sam Tagataese 17. Joseph Paulo 18. Jeremy Latimore 19. Kurt Capewell 20. Fa’amanu Brown 21. James Segeyaro
Melbourne Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. William Chambers 4. Cheese Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane 14. Slade Griffin 15. Tim Glasby 16. Kenneath Bromwich 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Dean Britt 20. Jeremy Hawkins 21. Ryley Jacks