Live commentary: Sharks v Sydney

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Remondis Stadium, Woolooware, Monday 7pm (AEST)Last meeting: Round 19 2013 – Roosters 40 bt Sharks 0 at Allianz StadiumHead-to-head: Sharks 27 Roosters 55 drawn 2Referees: Ashley Klein, Henry PerenaraTV: Live FoxSports 1TAB: Sharks $3.00 Roosters $1.40 Draw $23FootyTab: Sharks +6.5

Phil Mitchell writes: The tables have turned somewhat as Cronulla seek to avenge an embarrassing loss to the Roosters a month ago. In round 19, the Roosters blew the decimated Sharks off the park (40-0), in the midst of an unbroken eight-match winning streak. But this time it’s Cronulla who will be at full strength – and on home soil – while the Roosters will be missing some key players. None more so than back-rower Boyd Cordner, who had a blinder against the Sharks last month before his break-out season was halted by injury. Also missing are  Anthony Minichiello and Luke O’Donnell. Still, the Sharks will have to improve markedly on last week’s mistake-riddled win against St George Illawarra.

Phil’s tip: Sharks by two.

AAP writes: Odds on to beat the Titans at home in the second last round next week, the Roosters can all but clinch their first minor premiership since 2004 with victory over the beleaguered Sharks. The Sharks will be bolstered by Paul Gallen’s inclusion after he missed the 40-point shellacking at the hands of the Roosters a month ago – but the table-toppers will have Sonny Bill Williams on deck this time around. The Roosters are shooting for their ninth straight victory, while the Sharks must somehow conjure a win to have any hope of sneaking into the top four.

Key: Surely the ASADA saga is catching up with the Sharks and they face the ultimate test of resilience against the title favourites.

SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Ben Pomeroy, Jonathan Wright, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Paul Gallen (capt), Luke Lewis, Jayson Bukuya, Wade Graham. Interchange: Isaac De Gois, Chris Heighington, Sam Tagataese, Anthony Tupou.

ROOSTERS: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Aidan Guerra, Sonny Bill Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Luke O’Donnell, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa.

Good evening all, welcome to our coverage of tonight’s cracking match in the Shire. Both sides have made late changes:

SHARKS

OUT: Bryce Gibbs

IN: Sam Tagataese

Paul Gallen switches to prop, while Jayson Bukuya comes off the bench to start in the back row.

ROOSTERS

With Luke O’Donnell suspended, centre Samisoni Langi plays his second NRL game after making his debut against the Tigers last week. Mitchell Aubusson switches from the centres to the back row, relegating Aidan Guerra to the bench.

1 min: And we’re away, Roosters kick off.

1 min: Brilliant start by the Sharks – 40-20 by Todd Carney.

3 min: TRY! Gallen opens the scoring for Cronulla, grounding a ball that had bounced off Wade Graham’s chest after a grubber kick from Todd Carney. Carney converts. SHARKS 6-0.

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