How to watch Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm NRL live and match preview
The Cronulla Sharks can seal a spot in the NRL finals with a win over the Melbourne Storm in the final round.
Win and you're in. That's the equation for Cronulla heading into their final-round match against league leaders Melbourne on Friday.
The Storm were surprise losers to the Eels last outing and have rested a number of stars, leaving the door firmly ajar for a Sharks win.
When is Sharks vs Storm?
This match kicks off at 6pm AEST on Friday 3 September at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast. You can see our full 2021 NRL season draw here.
How to watch Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm
Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your only options for watching this match-up. Considering its price, free trial and accessibility, we think Kayo is the way to go. You can see further details in our comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel.
Stream Sharks vs Melbourne on Kayo Sports
This match-up will not be shown on free-to-air television. That's right, you won't see this game – or 3 other match-ups in this final round – on Channel 9. That means fans of either team should strongly consider signing up to Kayo to ensure you get every game of every round live or on demand.
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Sharks vs Storm match preview
A Sharks victory guarantees the club a place in the NRL finals for 2021. They look good chances of doing so given the amount of stars missing from Melbourne's team.
A win will break a run of 3 losses to the Storm and, of course, give Cronulla great confidence heading into the finals. Despite the very recent record, the Sharks don't have to look too far back to see they can match it against the NRL's best team. The record between these clubs over their last 10 games is 5 wins each.
Melbourne are resting an array of star players as they prepare for another huge NRL finals campaign. You can never underestimate Melbourne but if the Sharks can't win this game, they don't deserve to play finals.
Sharks vs Storm team lists
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Connor Tracey 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Mawene Hiroti 6. Matt Moylan 7. Braydon Trindall 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Jack Williams 14. Luke Metcalf 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Aiden Tolman 17. Siosifa Talakai 18. Kai O'Donnell 19. Billy Magoulias 20. Jenson Taumoepeau 21. Joniah Lualua
Broncos: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Dean Ieremia 6. Nicholas Hynes 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Aaron Pene 12. Chris Lewis 13. Dale Finucane 14. Harry Grant 15. Tepai Moeroa 16. Jordan Grant 17. Ryley Jacks 18. Cooper Johns 19. Daniel Atkinson 20. Trent Loiero 21. Isaac Lumelume
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