Anthony Minichiello is always a consistent performer. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au / Gregg Porteous.
Labelled as top eight contenders at the beginning of the season the Sydney Roosters have failed to impress in 2012. The Roosters sit in twelfth position on the competition ladder after recording five wins and seven losses to start their season. The Bondi boys have lost three straight games and it doesn’t get any easier when they face the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. Brisbane will be without origin stars Justin Hodges, Petero Civoniceva, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett and Ben Hannant while the Roosters are missing Mitchell Pearce who is replaced by Daniel Mortimer.
History – Traditionally the Broncos have had the upper hand against the Roosters winning seven of their past ten games however there has been promising signs for the Roosters lately against their Brisbane opponents with the Roosters recording two wins from the past three games between the sides. Allianz Stadium has proved to be a kind stomping ground for the Broncos over past seasons, recording nine wins from their past eleven games.
Dangermen – Veteran fullback Anthony Minichiello has been like a new signing for the Roosters this season. The consistent fullback performs week in week out and leads the Roosters try scoring list with six tries this season. Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman is in career best form and has stepped up a gear since representing New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman Test.
Prediction – The Broncos will be tested here without their origin guns and the Roosters should record a narrow win on home soil. Roosters 1-12 .
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