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Cowboys superstar Valentine Holmes is hitting top form at the right moment as he prepares to face his former team Cronulla for the first time.

Holmes, who set up three tries in last week's defeat of the Titans, walked out on the Sharks after the 2018 season to chase an NFL dream in the US, reportedly upsetting some at the Sutherland Shire club.

Aside from wanting to get one over their old mate Holmes, the injury-hit Cronulla side are desperate to win after slipping to a third straight defeat against the Wests Tigers.

The Rundown

Team News

Cowboys: Coen Hess (ankle) joins Jason Taumalolo (knee bone bruising) on the sidelines, with Gavin Cooper starting in the second row and Shane Wright added to the bench. Tom Opacic, Corey Jensen and Reuben Cotter were the other players to drop out of the 21-man squad named on Tuesday.
Josh McGuire shifts to lock with Francis Molo at prop. The Cowboys have scored more tries after Round 3 than in their final six games of 2019.

Sharks: Cronulla are 1-17. Matt Moylan replaces Chad Townsend (hamstring) in the halves, and Connor Tracey and Siosifa Talakai are named on the bench. Andrew Fifita (calf/knee) is out again. Reserves Billy Magoulias and Braydon Trindall were the two players left out 24 hours before game time and Royce Hunt and Teig Wilton dropped off the extended bench on game day. Centre Josh Dugan has scored a try in his past four games against the Cowboys.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
    Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh Dugan
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Ben Hampton
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Jake Clifford
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Shaun Johnson

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Francis Molo
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Toby Rudolf
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Jake Granville
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Mitchell Dunn
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 17 Gavin Cooper
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Josh McGuire
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack Williams

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Reece Robson
    Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Connor Tracey
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 John Asiata
    Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Tom Gilbert
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Siosifa Talakai
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 19 Shane Wright
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Scott Sorensen

Key Match-Up

Sharks coach John Morris conceded the Tigers rolled through his middles last week - and North Queensland still possess a strong forward pack even without Taumalolo. Cronulla's pack will need to lift as a unit to match them - especially with Andrew Fifita out. The hard-running of Toby Rudolf and Braden Hamlin-Uele could be key.