Premiers Sneaking Up The Ladder

Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Photo: Cameron Mitch
The Roosters are finding the form that won them the trophy last year. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au, Photo: Cameron Mitch

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Warriors v Roosters


Mt Smart Stadium

Sunday August 24 – 12:05 PM (AEST)

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The Sydney Roosters  are aiming for four wins in a row when they make the trip across the Tasman to face the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday.

Over the last month, the Roosters have clawed their way back into the Top 4. After sitting fifth on the ladder for more than a month, three wins in a row against the Tigers (48-4), the Titans (26-18) and the Dragons (30-22) has them sitting pretty, but they can’t stop there. Captain Anthony Minichiello was at his very best last week against the Tigers, finishing with 12 runs for 146 metres, two line breaks and a brace of four-pointers. Coach Trent Robinson has only made one major change, with Mitchell Aubusson starting at hooker for the injured Heath L’Estrange (knee).

The Warriors are one loss away from dropping out of the Top 8. They have lost three of their last five games and need to turn things around quickly. The return of Shaun Johnson from injury last week added a lot more spark to their attack, with the classy halfback finishing with 12 runs (for 114 metres), two offloads, eight tackle breaks and one line break. But the team's 22 missed tackles and nine errors wasn't good enough against strugglers Newcastle. If they repeat those numbers against the premiers, it could be a long afternoon of pain in front of home fans. A big bonus for the Warriors, Konrad Hurrell returns to add some punch out wide. The wrecking ball that is 'Hurricane Hurrell'  has scored 11 tries in 16 matches this season, second only to 'the beast' Manu Vatuvei . 

The Warriors at home are hard to stop, but the Chooks are on a roll which they've love to extend right through until the first weekend in October. How this one will end up is anyone’s guess.


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