Roosters Continue Climb To The Top

Source: Renee McKay/AAP
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moves to fullback against the Raiders. Source: Renee McKay/AAP
Last 5 Meetings

Round 5, 2013 – Canberra Raiders 24 d Sydney Roosters 22 at Canberra Stadium
Round 24, 2012 - Canberra Raiders 24 d Sydney Roosters 20 at Canberra Stadium
Round 3, 2012 – Sydney Roosters 14 d Canberra Raiders 8 at Allianz Stadium
Round 17, 2011 - Canberra Raiders 38 d Sydney Roosters 12 at Allianz Stadium
Round 17, 2010 - Sydney Roosters 22 d Canberra Raiders 12 at Canberra Stadium

Current Form

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Roosters

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Raiders

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The Roosters  will be looking for their seventh straight win when they face the Raiders  at Allianz Stadium on Saturday evening, but will go into battle without injured skipper Anthony Minichello. Already without the suspended Sonny Bill Williams, the competition leaders were dealt a further blow during the week with ‘Mini’ ruled out for two to three weeks with a knee injury. His absence will see promising youngster Roger Tuivasa-Sheck wear the number one jersey, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall moving to the right wing and utility Mitchell Aubusson partnering Michael Jennings in the centres.

Bad-boy Blake Ferguson returns in the centres for Canberra for the first time since round 14 following disciplinary action for off-field indiscretions and hope that he can spark an improved performance after the club suffered a record 68-4 defeat to Melbourne last weekend. Jack Wighton moves out to the wing in place of Reece Robinson, who is 18th man, while Joel Thompson returns to the starting side in the backrow with Joel Edwards dropping back onto a six-man interchange bench.


1st Tryscorer

Daniel Tupou  has made a big impression in his first season of NRL football and scored three times in his past four matches for the Roosters. He opened his side’s account against Penrith last weekend and will fancy his chances of getting across the line again given Melbourne winger Sisa Waqa bagged a hat-trick against the Raiders down the left flank in round 21.

The Raiders need more spark in attack if they are going to trouble the Roosters and Blake Ferguson  is one man that can provide it for David Furner's side. He has bagged eight tries from 10 outings for the 'Green Machine' in 2013 and will be a focal point of Canberra's attack.


Prediction

The Raiders are one of only four teams to have beaten the Roosters this season, knocking Trent Robinson’s side off 24-22 at Canberra Stadium in round five. Since then the Roosters have been the best team in the competition, surging to the top of the table on the back of six consecutive victories. Given just how poor the Raiders were last week, it’s hard to see any way they can knock Sydney off. Sydney Roosters by 18

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