Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks Live Stream & TV Channel NRL Semi Final 2018 Full HD
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IF Cronulla’s game plan against Melbourne in Round 22 is anything to go by, they’ll still pose a real threat against the premiership favourites — even without Paul Gallen and Wade Graham.
The Sharks have lost two of their most experienced forwards for the preliminary final at AAMI Park on Friday, but they’ll go into the game with plenty of confidence knowing they’ve already knocked of Craig Bellamy’s men twice this year.
The men from the Shire have developed a knack in recent seasons — most notably since the 2016 Grand Final — of matching it with the Storm and getting under their skin
While the losses of Gallen and Graham are no doubt blows to their chances, all is not lost.
As former NRL star and Fox League expert Mark Gasnier pointed out on NRL 360 they proved they could change their game plan in the semi-final against Penrith after losing Graham to an ACL injury the previous week.
“They adapted to no Wade Graham, they defended well,” Gasnier said.
“They’re a gritty bunch, but their execution was spot on and it’s going to have to be even better this week (against the Storm).
“If Matt Moylan, Valentine Holmes, and particularly Andrew Fifita don’t fire, then I don’t think they’ve got enough points in them.
“Fifita’s huge because he generally plays the first 52 minutes straight, he provides a really good platform, but he also gives them the second-phase play.
“It’ll be interesting to see if they go with the same tactics. When they went down to Melbourne last time, they moved the ball to their right edge a lot and they made easy metres which got them on the front foot. They got outside the Storm’s wrestle.
“They’ve talked up a tough game through the middle of the ruck, but there might be a few smoke and mirrors.”
The build-up to this game has been filled with fiery barbs of dirty tactics claims from both parties.
Bellamy lit the fuse on Thursday morning — less than 36 hours before the clash — when he sarcastically called out the “holier-than-thou” and “squeaky-clean Sharks”.