A shootout in the far north looks to be on the cards to open Round 18.
Cronulla have a dominant record against the Cowboys with seven straight wins and 14 covers in the last 17 but it is a dangerous game taking on North Queensland this year after they’ve covered 12 of 16 games.
There is a very strong play in this one though and it is the over.
These two have a strong recent history of high scoring games with six of the last seven topping 40 and the last two hitting 50.
This is a strong over spot for North Queensland. They are 16-8 over in their last 24 off scoring 26-plus while the over has hit in four straight games in Townsville.
Cronulla are a big over team in a big over spot. The over hits at 66% when the Sharks play at night and 60% when they are off a win. The over is also 9-2 when the Sharks are off conceding 10 or fewer.
Betting on points is the way to play this one.
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Ronaldo Mulitalo has 12 tries in 14 games and has crossed six times in the last six matches.
Sione Katoa has scored seven tries in the last five weeks.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow has seven tries in 11 games as a centre.
Sharks hooker Blayke Brailey is in good tryscoring form with two tries in his last three games. He is a regular burrower close to the line and he backs up as well as any hooker in the competition. The Cowboys have conceded three tries to hookers in their last two games.
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