Plenty of changes to the Shire-based side ahead of crucial clash.
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has rung the changes for his side ahead of their important game against the Wests Tigers at Shark Park on Friday night.
Luke Lewis will slip out of the pack and line up in the centres in place of Ben Pomeroy who has been dropped to NSW Cup in light of his recent poor form.
This, when coupled with the injury to Paul Gallen (foot, round 19), creates some serious back row game time for Chris Heighington and Wade Graham, with the pair showing glimpses of what they are capable of when they have got on the field.
Michael Gordon (calf) and Beau Ryan (knee) return from injury at the expense of Matthew Wright and Nathan Stapleton while Bryce Gibbs has been named to play his first NRL game of 2013.
After having the bye last round, the Sharks will be looking to build on their good form shown in their last start, a 32-14 win over the Parramatta Eels.
Despite the lingering doubts about not only his future with the code and the club, Tigers star Benji Marshall has continued to try and lift his side out of the mire.
There has been little to celebrate for the Tigers this season, but their 22-4 win over the premiers Melbourne last round was the side’s proudest moment in 2013.
However, the last time time the side’s met in round nine the Tigers were blown off the park in the second half as the Tigers went on a scoring frenzy in the second half, winning 30-6.
Chris Lawrence looms as a key player for the Tigers while Adam Blair must continue to justify his rich deal with the club.
Tip: Cronulla Sharks by 12
Cronulla Sharks v Wests Tigers at Sharks Stadium
SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Luke Lewis, Jonathan Wright, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Sam Tagataese, Anthony Tupou, Wade Graham, Chris Heighington. Interchange: Isaac De Gois, Jayson Bukuya, Bryce Gibbs, Ben Ross, Stewart Mills (one to be omitted).
Ins: Michael Gordon, Beau Ryan, Bryce Gibbs, Stewart Mills
Outs: Matthew Wright, Ben Pomeroy, Nathan Stapleton (all dropped)
Others unavailable: Ricky Leutele (ankle, indefinite), Jon Green (foot, indefinite), Nathan Gardner (hamstring, indefinite), Paul Gallen (foot, round 19)
TIGERS: James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Tim Simona, Benji Marshall, Curtis Sironen, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (capt), Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Bodene Thompson, Suaso Sue. Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Jack Buchanan, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Shaun Spence.
Others unavailable: Masada Iosefa (arm, indefinite), Braith Anasta (shoulder, round 19), Marika Koroibete (elbow, round 19), Tim Moltzen (knee, season), Matt Bell (hand, indefinite), Keith Galloway (pectoral, round 19), Lote Tuqiri (broken arm, round 21), James Gavet (foot, round 19), Joel Reddy (groin, round 19), Eddy Pettybourne (ankle, indefinite)
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