Premiers Finding Their Feet

Source: Renee McKay/AAP
The Roosters need to find consistency if they want back-to-back premierships. Source: Renee McKay/AAP
Sydney Roosters v Wests Tigers
Allianz Stadium
Friday May 9 – 7:45 PM (AEST)

Tigers: LWWWL

This is not how many predicted the season would pan out. The Sydney Roosters sitting below the Wests Tigers  on the ladder. But with only four wins in the opening eight rounds of the season, that’s where the premiers are perched. Take nothing away from the Tigers. Some solid performances against the Rabbitohs and the Sea Eagles have shown they mean business this year.

The Chooks have only just recovered from the Grand Final hangover. Starting the season slowly, they have finally started adding some ticks in the win column. With a dominant performance on Anzac Day against the Dragons, the Roosters are beginning to find their groove. The big talk all week has been the representative players backing up from last weekend. Boyd Cordner was again solid for the Roos, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Sam Moa outstanding for the Kiwi’s, while Daniel Tupou was one of the best on the paddock representing City. Remi Casty will make his NRL debut on Friday, with Dylan Napa and Daniel Mortimer named on an extended bench.

Rumours about Robbie Farah's recovery have been circulating all week. With his recovery coming along quicker than expected, the 'King of Tiger Town' is on track for Game 1 of the Origin. While he won’t be part of this match-up, his presence is sure to inspire team mates. After a disappointing loss to the Titans last round, inspiration is needed. Adam Blair and Martin Taupau shone for the Kiwis, Mitchell Moses was the key player for NSW U20s and Aaron Woods almost cemented his spot in the NSW Origin side with a near perfect performance for City. Blake Austin is back at five-eighth for the injured Braith Anasta (ankle), with Keith Lulia replacing the suspended Tim Simona in the centres. Liam Fulton returns to the starting side, with Sia Akauola and Corey Paterson completing the bench.

Form up until now will mean nothing, if the Tigers don’t come out firing on Friday. With the Roosters determined to string a decent number of wins together, the premiers should tame the Tigers.

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