Roosters Try To Halt Warriors Revival

Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
James Maloney faces his former club on Sunday night. Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 2, 2013 – Sydney Roosters 16 d New Zealand Warriors 14 at Eden Park
Round 10, 2012 – New Zealand Warriors 30 d Sydney Roosters 26 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 5, 2012 – Sydney Roosters 26 d New Zealand Warriors 8 at Allianz Stadium
Round 13, 2011 – Sydney Roosters 13 d New Zealand Warriors 6 at Allianz Stadium
Round 5, 2011 – New Zealand Warriors 24 d Sydney Roosters 12 at Mt Smart Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12    Rd 13 
Roosters

W

W

L

-

W

Warriors

L

L

W

W

W


The Roosters  will look to consolidate their top four spot on the NRL ladder when they face the Warriors  at Allianz Stadium on Sunday night. Having lost just two matches since their opening round defeat to Souths, the Roosters find themselves third on the table and well placed to reach the finals, while the Warriors are just four points outside the eight after winning three on the trot.

Despite being charged by the match review panel for indiscretions in the 34-28 victory over Parramatta last week, both Sonny Bill Williams and Boyd Cordner will line up against the Warriors in an unchanged lineup for the club after escaping suspension. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is still two weeks away from returning after being suspended in round nine, while Tautau Moga and Sam Moa are still unavailable with knee injuries.

Kevin Locke and Russell Packer have been named to play for New Zealand after being late withdrawals from last week’s hard fought 18-16 win over Manly, although Locke’s participation remains in some doubt. Ngani Laumape and Suaia Matagi started the match last week and drop back onto a seven man interchange bench.

1st Tryscorer

Glen Fisiiahi  has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth in the NRL this season but has let no one down when given an opportunity. His last two matches have arguably been his best this campaign he will look to add to the two tries he scored in them.

Daniel Tupou  had gone five matches without a try prior to his brace against the Eels last week, but the confidence he gained from that performance will hold him in good stead going into this match. With the Warriors wingers suspect under the highball, Maloney and Pearce are likely to use the ‘bomb’ at every opportunity and Tupou will look to snaffle them like he did last week.

Prediction

As good as New Zealand has been going lately, there is still a question mark over its form, with two of its three recent wins coming across the Tasman and the other against a below strength Broncos outfit. The victory of Brisbane was the Warriors only one from their past 10 matches in Australia and they are likely to be well outclassed against one of the best teams in the competition. Sydney Roosters by 10

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