How to watch Cronulla Sharks vs South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL live and match preview
Will the Sharks overcome the loss of their star player in their first match of the year?
NRL is back in 2023 and one of the biggest clashes of round 1 is Sharks vs Rabbitohs.
This round 1 clash will have the Sharks wanting to beat the team that eliminated them from 2022's competition, as the Rabbitohs won their semi-final clash.
When is the Sharks vs Rabbitohs kick-off time?
Shark vs Rabbitohs kicks off at 7:35pm AEDT on Saturday 4 March at PointsBet Stadium.
How to watch Sharks vs Rabbitohs live
While the Rabbitohs and the Sharks are usually favourites of free-to-air television, this clash is exclusive to Fox League.
That means you need a subscription to either Foxtel Now, Foxtel iQ or Kayo to watch Sharks vs Rabbitohs.
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Stream Sharks vs Rabbitohs on Foxtel Now
New users can enjoy a 10-day trial with Foxtel Now to watch Sharks vs Rabbitohs for free.
It then costs at least $54 a month to stream sports with Foxtel Now once your free trial ends.
Foxtel Now will feature every round of the regular NRL season live and ad-break free.
The service is compatible with PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets, Chromecast, Sony Android TVs, PS4, Telstra TV and selected smart TVs.
Stream Sharks vs Rabbitohs on Kayo
You can catch every round of the NRL season live on Kayo without ads, including Sharks vs Rabbitohs.
New customers can use this 7-day free trial and test it all out.
You can start watching Kayo right away on one of these compatible devices: Mac, PC, iOS or Android device, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, PlayStation 4 and 5 and selected Samsung, LG or Hisense TVs.
Kayo has a bunch of unique viewing features, including a Key Moments Timeline and SplitView. You can also watch back from the start if you miss the beginning.
Sharks vs Rabbitohs match preview
Going into 2023, both sides have fairly stable line-ups with minimal player changes from last season.
Sharks vs Rabbitohs matches are always entertaining affairs and the spoils have been split fairly evenly over recent times.
In the pre-season challenge, the Rabbitohs lost a close match to the Sea Eagles in round 1 but won back the Charity Shield when they easily accounted for the Dragons in round 2.
Meanwhile, the Sharks easily won both their pre-season games against the Knights and the Bulldogs.
Yet both teams have been slow starters of late in the NRL season proper.
The Sharks have only won 1 of their past 6 season openers, with their last first-round victory in 2021 vs the Dragons.
The Rabbitohs have lost their past 2 season openers and only won 2 out of the past 6.
Coincidentally, the last time the Rabbitohs won their first match of the season was in 2020 when they defeated the Sharks.
Sharks playmaker Nicho Hynes will miss the game due to a calf injury. With such a big player missing, we'd expect the Rabbitohs to take first blood for season 2023.
Sharks vs Rabbitohs team lists
Sharks: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Braydon Trindall 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane 14. Cameron McInnes 15. Wade Graham 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Jack Williams 18. Connor Tracey 19. Mawene Hiroti 20. Thomas Hazelton 21. Jayden Berrell 22. Niwhai Puru
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Isaiah Tass 4. Campbell Graham 5. Izaac Thompson 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Blake Taaffe 15. Michael Chee Kam 16. Davvy Moale 17. Shaquai Mitchell 18. Jed Cartwright 19. Terrell Kalo Kalo 20. Ben Lovett 21. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 22. Josiah Karapani
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