Anthony Seibold could never have envisaged what the Broncos are going through when he joined the club in the off-season.

Seibold probably thought he was taking the reins of a top-four team but here we are after 15 rounds and Brisbane are languishing in 14th spot with five wins.

Last week the Broncos had a chance to get back in the finals race but they were no match for a Knights team that was good but not great and without the services of Kalyn Ponga.

It's anyone's guess how they will perform this week.

The Sharks suffered a shock loss to the Bulldogs last week and will be itching to get back on track against a team struggling for confidence.

Match: Sharks v Broncos

Round 16 -

Full Time
Sharks

Home Team

Sharks

Scored 22 points
Broncos

Away Team

Broncos

Scored 24 points

Venue: PointsBet Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS

The Rundown

Team news

Sharks:Cronulla will run out as named on Tuesday. Kurt Capewell starts in the back row for NSW rep Wade Graham with Kyle Flanagan called up on the bench. Aaron Woods starts at prop after getting through his injury return via the bench last week with Jack Williams dropping to the bench. Scott Sorensen and Blayke Brailey were trimmed from the reserves on Saturday while Billy Magoulias and Aaron Gray dropped off on game day.

Broncos: Anthony Milford (knee) and Richie Kennar (shoulder) are out injured while Corey Oates, David Fifita, Matt Gillett and Joe Ofahengaue are all on Origin duty. Darius Boyd returns to fullback, Jake Turpin starts in the halves, Herbie Farnsworth and Xavier Coates both debut on the wings, Alex Glenn and Thomas Flegler join the starting pack with Tevita Pangai jnr shifting from lock to second row. James Segeyaro, Rhys Kennedy and debutant Keenan Palasia are the new names on the pine. Cory Paix and Patrick Mago were pruned from the reserves on Saturday while Shaun Fensom and Izaia Perese dropped out on game day.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Matt Moylan
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sosaia Feki
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Herbie Farnworth
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Bronson Xerri
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Josh Morris
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Gehamat Shibasaki
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Josh Dugan
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Xavier Coates
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun Johnson
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Jake Turpin
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Sean O'Sullivan

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 8 Aaron Woods
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Jayden Brailey
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Matt Prior
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Kurt Capewell
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Lock for Sharks is number 13 Paul Gallen
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Thomas Flegler

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Kyle Flanagan
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 James Segeyaro
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Jayson Bukuya
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Rhys Kennedy
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Jack Williams
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Patrick Carrigan
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Interchange for Broncos is number 18 Keenan Palasia

Key match-up

The Boyd-Milford swap was a failure and it'll be interesting to see if Seibold sticks with the same strategy on Sunday. Either way, whoever gets the nod to play fullback will have to out-play Matt Moylan, while Chad Townsend should be looking to take Broncos rookie Tom Dearden to halfback school.

For the Sharks to win

Last week's loss to the Doggies should've provided a jolting wake-up call - one that should last for the rest of the season. The Sharks need to be ready to meet Brisbane head-on in the forwards, while Townsend, Moylan and Shaun Johnson have to pick their spots to put their respective stamps on the game. The Sharks need to play with more energy after last week's lethargic effort.

For the Broncos to win

As captain and his team's most experienced player, Darius Boyd has to get the Broncos all on the same page, especially with players reportedly unhappy about the mid-season exodus of teammates to other clubs. Boyd also needs help from Andrew McCullough, while some of the younger players have to grow up fast if Brisbane are going to make a last-ditch run at the finals.

Brett Kimmorley says

The Sharks were horrendous last week and the coach wasn’t very happy with them. The Broncos are way out of sorts and now they lose some of their better players to Origin. It is a big moment for Darius Boyd to provide some leadership and give the players who come in the belief that they can win. It is going to take him for the kids at Brisbane to get some experience. Sharks by 12

Stat Attack

Both these teams have struggled to convert attacking chances into points this year, despite possessing some of the most talented ball-runners in the game. Both the Sharks and Broncos rank in the top four in the NRL in tackle breaks, but Cronulla have scored fewer points than any other top-eight side and Brisbane rank 14th in points scored.

And another thing ...

Brisbane have had the wood on Cronulla of late, winning their past five meetings. They beat them 29-6 at Suncorp Stadium earlier this year and defeated them twice in both 2017 and 2018 – despite the Sharks finishing alongside them on the ladder in both years. Corey Oates scored tries in each one of those wins, including the opening try in the two most recent clashes.