Anthony Minichello is yet to fire in 2013. Picture: Gregg Porteous/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings
Round 14 2012 – Brisbane Broncos 40 d Sydney Roosters 22 at Allianz Stadium
Round 6 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 24 d Sydney Roosters 6 at Bluetongue Stadium
Round 20 2010 – Sydney Roosters 34 d Brisbane Broncos 30 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 4 2010 – Sydney Roosters 25 d Brisbane Broncos 6 at Allianz Stadium
Round 5 2009 – Brisbane Broncos 28 d Sydney Roosters 24 at Allianz Stadium
(most recent first)
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The Sydney Roosters will have to put a terrible home record against the Brisbane Broncos behind them if they are to win the round 3 clash between the sides at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
The visitors have triumphed in six of the seven most recent fixtures between the clubs at the ground and will go into this clash confident of recording another win having scored a strong 22-6 victory over the impotent Dragons last week. Despite being named to play, Justin Hodges is a doubt for Brisbane after injuring his hamstring in the match. Ben Hunt, Dunamis Lui and Nick Slyney have been named on an extended bench and one of them will replace Josh McGuire, who tore a calf against St George.
Roosters boss Trent Robinson has retained the same squad that held on to collect the two points against the Warriors in New Zealand in round two, with big name recruit Sonny Bill Williams starting again after playing a full 80 minutes in Eden Park.
Teenage winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck played six NRL matches in 2012 and has played two more this season but is still yet to score his first try. With the likes of former Manly winger Michael Oldfield putting pressure on the youngster for a place in the top grade, he will want to start scoring some tries.
Parramatta target Corey Norman was one of the best players on the field against St George last week and will only get better as he continues to build his combination with new five-eight Scott Prince. He will look to run off the shoulder of his playmaker to add to the four pointer he scored last Friday night.
– It is hard to ignore Brisbane’s impressive record against the Roosters, particularly in Sydney, but there doesn’t appear to be much separating the sides for this showdown. If Justin Hodges doesn’t play, the Broncos could struggle against Jennings, Sonny Bill and co out wide. Sydney Roosters 1-12
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