NZ Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks NRL Round 10 Preview: Both sides look to bounce back from defeats

NZ Warriors will be looking to bounce back from defeat to the Titans as they line up against Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, who are looking for a return to winning ways themselves after also tasting defeat in round nine. Warriors lost 12-16 last week, but the Sharks were on the wrong end of a 24-56 hammering from Penrith.

Playing each other for the first time since August 2019 - in which the Sharks strolled to a 42-16 victory - both teams will be keen to get back to winning ways when the game kicks off at 5:00am BST.

  • Team news


Five-eighth Kodi Nikorima returns from a head knock in place of Chanel Harris-Tavita, and Eliesa Katoa returns from an ankle injury in the back row. That pushes Jack Murchie back to the reserves.

Lachlan Burr and Adam Pompey dropped off the reserves list on Saturday. The Warriors have won three from three at Central Coast Stadium this season.


Ronaldo Mulitalo is back from a knee injury, displacing Nene Macdonald on the wing. Toby Rudolf starts at lock with Jack Williams dropped and Andrew Fifita (hamstring) also out.

Scott Sorensen and Connor Tracey are the new faces on the bench. Siosifa Talakai is named despite a head knock last week. Billy Magoulias and Nene Macdonald dropped out of the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off.

The Warriors have only tasted victory in one of the previous six meetings between the two sides.

  • Teams

New Zealand Warriors

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu'a, Hiku, Herbert, Maumalo, Nikorima, Green, Taunoa-Brown, Egan, Lawton, Katoa, Harris, Blair

Interchange: Paasi, Hetherington, Papali'i, Tevaga

Reserves: Harris-Tavita, Murchie.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Starting 13: Dugan, Katoa, Mulitalo, Ramien, Goodwin, Johnson, Townsend, Hamlin-Uele, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Graham, Rudolf.

Interchange: Tracey, Sorensen, Talakai, Hunt

Reserves: Williams, Kennedy.

  • Key match-up

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck v Josh Dugan. Tuivasa-Sheck is renowned for his flair and speed but he hasn't been afraid to do the dirty work this season, frequently helping out his injury-hit forward pack with hit-ups early in sets.

This week he comes up against another well-credentialed Full Back with a strong running game. Dugan is the kind of experienced campaigner capable of leading the Sharks out of their indifferent form this season. 

  • Where to watch on TV and Stream

For those in the UK, the game will be available to watch live on Sky Sports Arena.

For viewers in Australia, the game is available on Nine, Kayo and Foxtel.

For international viewers, the game will be available to watch on Watch NRL.