Brisbane Broncos will make an appearance in Roosters territory, at Allianz Stadium this Thursday night. Broncos sit in 6th position on the ladder with Roosters second last in 15th.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sydney Roosters are waiting for their deserved break through after improving performances over the past few weeks. They had a tough gig last week in Melbourne at AAMI Park against the Storm. The Roosters had a very positive start to the game scoring the first try of the night but were undone by the brilliant players of Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk. Jake Friend, Blake Ferguson and Boyd Cordner have been performing some of their best games recently with Ferguson running 211 metres (most in the game) and Friend making the most tackles of the night with a huge 72 tackles. Sydney Roosters need to play a full 80 minutes and ensure to have a huge defensive set especially against the Broncos this week.
The Brisbane Broncos also lost last week against the Penrith Panthers in Sydney. Errors were a huge contributing factor to how Brisbane played with the unusual scenes of Corey Oates knocking the ball on multiple times. Similarly to the Roosters, Brisbane had a terrible defensive game and just let easy tries slip through. They were caught not playing by the referee’s whistle at one point when Waqa Blake (Penrith Panther) went to score a 95-metre try. Brisbane Broncos will be disappointed with their efforts and be looking to have a dominant game.
The key match-up will be between the winger’s, Daniel Tupou (Roosters) and Corey Oates (Broncos). Daniel Tupou has had a very quiet season and it’s time for him to shine again and make a huge impact. He will be looking to chase the kicks from his halfback, Mitchell Pearce and leap to score for the Roosters.
Corey Oates will be looking to redeem himself after a poor performance last week against the Panthers and hopeful to make an impact and make fewer errors. The errors he made last week were crucial for Broncos and he will be looking to work on his ability to take high catches and not knock on.
Both wingers have a crucial role and whichever athlete steps up will assist their side to victory.
Sydney Roosters are overdue for a win; if they maintain possession and make minimal errors they have a good chance of defeating the Broncos. I think the Broncos will be really disappointed with their performance last week but will struggle in Sydney on a Thursday.
Sydney Roosters by 4.
Sydney Roosters: 1. Blake Ferguson 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Dale Copley 4. Shaun Kenny- Dowall 5. Latrell Mitchell 6. Connor Watson 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Isaac Liu 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho Interchange 14. Sam Moa 15. Aidan Guerra 16. Ryan Matterson 17. Kane Evans 18. Chris Smith
Brisbane Broncos- 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Tom Opacic 4. James Roberts 5. Lachlan Mantra 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker Interchange: 14. Herman Ese’ese 15. Tevita Pangai Junior 16. Jai Arrow 17. Joe Ofahengaue 18. Jadn Su’A