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Cronulla must make sure of the two points against an improving Titans team if they are to maintain their tenuous hold on a finals berth.

The Sharks cling to a share of seventh place with the Rabbitohs, just two points ahead of Manly, but face a tougher run home after two months of feasting on lower-ranked teams.

The men from the Shire have won six of their past eight but lost to the only two top eight opponents they faced in that span. After their date with the Gold Coast they are scheduled to play four top-eight teams over the final six rounds.

The Titans, meanwhile, go into a much kinder final stretch with blossoming confidence on the back of a brave performance against the Roosters and a thumping win over the Cowboys.

The Rundown

Team news

Sharks: Scott Sorensen starts at lock with Toby Rudolf to come off the bench as usual. Briton Nikora and Bryson Goodwin dropped off the extended bench on game day after Teig Wilton and Braydon Trindall were left off the reserves bench 24 hours out from kick-off.

The Sharks have won their past four games against the Titans.

Titans: Young Tonumaipea and Corey Thompson are a new wing pairing in place of Anthony Don (ribs) and Phillip Sami (knee), while Beau Fermor replaces Tanah Boyd on the interchange. Reserve forward Jai Whitbread was also culled from the squad. The Titans are aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since round six in 2019.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
    Winger for Titans is number 18 Corey Thompson
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Dale Copley
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
    Winger for Titans is number 20 Young Tonumaipea
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Shaun Johnson
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Nathan Peats
  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Siosifa Talakai
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Keegan Hipgrave
  • Lock for Sharks is number 15 Scott Sorensen
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai Arrow

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 13 Toby Rudolf
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Tyrone Peachey
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor Tracey
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jarrod Wallace
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Royce Hunt
    Interchange for Titans is number 21 Beau Fermor

Match Officials

  • Referee: Henry Perenara
  • Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Video Referee: Ben Lowe
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Key match-up

Will Kennedy v AJ Brimson. Kennedy has been a quiet achiever for Cronulla, often filling in due to injuries, with the 23-year-old using his smooth passing game to assist seven tries in nine games.

Brimson is only two matches into his comeback from a back injury and already the pocket rocket's influence is apparent. The Titans are far more dangerous with Brimson's speed and skill on hand.

Stat Attack

The spotlight has been on Shaun Johnson for his 18 try assists – the most in the league – but the Sharks halfback also leads the way for line engagements with 103, highlighting his willingness to dig into the defence and create space outside. Titans playmaker Ash Taylor ranks 16th with 52 line engagements.