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Sharks vs Warriors Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

NRL Round 5 Blockbuster

NRL lines have the Cronulla Sharks at -470 to beat the New Zealand Warriors, but it could be closer than expected.

Both clubs have made a solid start to 2023, but it has been the Warriors who have constantly defied their underdog odds with the sportsbook.

Sharks vs Warriors Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Sharks vs Warriors Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Warriors Banding Together

It’s never easy to win in the NRL without star players. Every team has at least one, but the Warriors are the exception.

There is no bona-fide superstar playing for the Warriors, but not having to pay for that superstar has allowed them to build a strong team unit.

They won their opening game against the Knights 20-12 before losing in a close game to the Roosters. However, after bouncing back with wins over the Cowboys and Bulldogs, they are well-placed after four rounds.

The latest NRL news shows they get Wayde Egan back from injury, which is great news. He’s an important part of their success in the hooker role.

“Twice he’s had to come back from an injury to come back on,” Warriors coach Andrew Webster said. “He came back on and made a linebreak [against the Roosters] and we should have scored there, I thought.

“He’s been excellent, I’m super proud of him. He’s a good player and a great club man. Everyone loves him. He had a little bit of pain there and to come back, he was very resilient, again.”

There could be value in online gambling markets, for both the +10½ line and the +285 in moneyline markets.

Sharks Ready to Bite

The Sharks haven’t been the most consistent team to start the year after posting losses to the Rabbitohs and Raiders. However, we loved what we saw last week when winning 40-8 against the Dragons.

It was a one-sided affair, and although they were tipped to win with sports betting odds, they weren’t expected to win by 32 points.

They have also had recent success against the Warriors, which is why they’re the firm favorites to win on Sunday. They have won the last two with ease, but the teams in 2023 have taken a different shape.

Getting Nicholas Hynes back in the team could be the catalyst for another win. The former Dally M Medal winner returned from injury last week and he had an immediate impact. He’s an attacking force and one of the best players in the NRL.

With Hynes controlling things in the halfback role, the Sharks could be smoky title contenders.

Sharks vs Warriors Head-to-Head

The Sharks have a dominant 26-16 advantage over the Warriors, who were hammered in two meetings last year.

The first game was a 29-10 result in Cronulla before they lost 38-16. That’s not a good sign, and the Warriors have a 24% winning strike rate at PointsBet Stadium.

Sharks vs Warriors Game Information

  • Game: Sharks (2-2) vs Warriors (3-1)
  • Day/Time: Sunday, April 2, 2:05 a.m. ET
  • Location: PointsBet Stadium, Sydney, NSW
  • Sharks vs Warriors Live Stream: RugbyPass

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Sharks vs Warriors Picks and Prediction

It’s a tough game to call. The Sharks have history on their side, but the Warriors have been sticky this year.

Our NRL picks expect the Warriors to be competitive, and although we think they’ll lose the game outright, they get a handsome +10½ line to enjoy.

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