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Waerea Hargreaves - Sydney Roosters
It's going to be a clash of the big men on Friday night. Picture: Matt Kings/Getty Images

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Sea Eagles v Roosters


Brookvale Oval

Friday June 27 – 7:45 PM (AEST)

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This is going to be one for the ages. Both the Manly Sea Eagles  and the Sydney Roosters  are beginning to hit the same form that saw them compete for the Provan-Summons Trophy back in October last year. As we all know, the Roosters were victorious, lifting the trophy above their heads in what was a classic Grand Final. But the Sea Eagles would hold onto that feeling of despair, trumping the Premiers in Round 4 this year 8-0.

With Origin almost over for another year, it’s time for teams for turn their focus back to club footy. Daly Cherry-Evans pushed aside the Maroons losing the Origin series with a dominant performance against the Sharks on Saturday night. He had his hands on everything, and proved that his head was now solely focused on steering the ship for the Silvertails. The front rowers, Josh Starling and Brenton Lawrence, completely dominated the Sharks, but they need to step up yet another level, if they hope to match the Roosters big men. Coach Geoff Toovey has named the same 17 as last week, with Dunamis Lui shifting to lock and Jamie Buhrer starting in the second row.

The Premiers are finding their feet. After what was a slow start to the season, the Roosters finally have everyone firing on all cylinders. Sonny Bill is back to his scintillating best, while Anthony Minichiello continues to wind back the clock. The return of Boyd Cordner to the bench is a massive boost for the Roosters, who have missed the left side attack, that he and Mitchell Pearce provide, at times. Mitch Aubusson remains in the centres for the injured Michael Jennings, while Daniel Tupou and Aiden Guerra both return from Origin duty. Dylan Napa, Isaac Lui, Remi Casty and Heath L’Estrange make up the rest of an extended bench.

This will be match for the forwards. Watch for the contest between Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Brenton Lawrence in the middle. Both men will be out there to make a statement and that can only lead to one outcome; some massive impacts. Whichever team can control the ruck, and provide that go forward for their halves, will stand tall at the final whistle.

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