NRL Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks Live Streaming Free National Rugby League 2017. Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks match will be kick off at Pepper Stadium, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, Sunday 16 April 2017 online, Time 16:00 (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
Cronulla Sharks look to back up their big win over Melbourne Storm last week when they take on another team tipped to snatch their NRL premiership, the Penrith Panthers in the only game on Easter Sunday at Pepper Stadium.
It took the hype surrounding a grand final rematch for the Sharks to produce their best performance of the season last week, ending Melbourne’s unbeaten start to the season with a gritty 11-2 win at AAMI Park.
Played in torrential rain, Cronulla were superb in defence, holding out the Storm multiple times on their own tryline before striking late with two tries to register a memorable victory.
While the Sharks haven’t been poor to begin the season by any means, they were sort of just doing what needs to be done and coasting through games. That all changed down in Melbourne, with Shane Flanagan’s side playing the sort of determined and intense football that saw them claim a historic premiership last season.
It was certainly a more impressive effort than their one-point win over Newcastle the week before, with James Segeyaro making a huge impact off the bench. Unfortunately Segeyaro suffered a broken arm during his heroic showing and will be missing for an extended period, robbing him of the chance to face his former club this week.
Penrith, who started the season as premiership favourites, haven’t lived up to the hype so far, winning just two of their first six games as the club has been marred by injuries and ill-discipline.
The Panthers dropped Matt Moylan, Waqa Blake and Peta Hiku for last week’s one-point loss to the Rabbitohs after they went out following their loss to Melbourne two weeks ago, while Tyrone Peachey also missed the game through injury.
Anthony Griffin has named Moylan and Blake to return, while Peachey also comes back from injury, with Hiku named on the reserves.
It’s a big game for Penrith, who are due a notable scalp, while they are also searching for the club’s 500th victory. With their big names back on deck, expect this clash to go right down to the wire.
But after last week’s performance, I can’t go past the Sharks. Cronulla were excellent in holding out Melbourne, and if they produce a similar defensive effort, they should frustrate Penrith into submission. Sharks in a close one.
Penrith Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Waqa Blake 3. Dean Whare 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dallin Watene Zelezniak 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Wallace 10. Regan Campbell-Gillard 11. Isaah Yeo 12. James Fisher-Harris 13. Trent Merrin 14. Corey Harawira 15. Leilani Latu 17. Viliame Kikau 18. Sitaleki Akauola 19. Moses Leota 20. Tim Browne 21. Peta Hiku 22. Bryce Cartwright
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. Jeremy Latimore 17. Kurt Capewell 18. Tony Williams 19. Joseph Paulo 20. Sam Tagataese 21. Fa’amanu Brown