On Mothers Day the Roosters will be out to keep in touch in the Top 4 while the Eels will be looking to consolidate their place in the Top 8.
Last Time Out
The Roosters let a close one slip as they went down to the Warriors by 1 point. After sinking his 2nd field goal in as many weeks, Pearce went from hero to villain as he gave away a penalty for being offside. From the resulting penalty the Warriors nailed the goal to net them a 14-13 victory. The Roosters had their opportunities to win but were unable to capitalize on the multiple repeat sets they had on the Warriors goal-line.
The Eels made a successful away trip to Townsville where they recorded a resounding 26-6 win over a Thurston-less Cowboys side. Corey Norman was the star once again as he controlled the game with his kicking and split the Cowboys defence apart. The win put the Eels points differential into the positives and landed them in 7th spot on the ladder.
The class and ability to capitalize on opportunities from the strike players. Provided their forwards keep their error count low, it’ll come down to which teams attacking weapons make their mark known. Latrell Mitchell will be looking to have a good game to work his way back into coach Robbo’s good books. The likes of young Joey Manu and Origin bound winger Blake Ferguson will also pose a big threat for the Eels left edge defence.
For the Eels the probable return of Bevan French adds another dynamic to the Eels attack which they may have lacked in previous weeks. His speed and ball playing will give the opposition a headache to deal with in defence. With the drama surrounding Semi Radradra’s court case over and done with, he’ll be looking to finish his year at the Eels strong and that could start with a signature haul of tries against the Roosters.
This game should make for an entertaining one. Both teams are capable of exciting attacking football and the prospect of Origin looming closer should see some great individual efforts from Mitchell Pearce and Corey Norman. It’s a tough match to call but I think the Roosters may have the edge in the forward department. Roosters by 6+
4pm AEST Sunday, May 14 at Allianz Stadium
Roosters team: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 14. Aidan Guerra 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Kane Evans 17. Connor Watson 18. Paul Carter 19. Victor Radley 20. Lindsay Collins 21. Jayden Nikorima
Eels team: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Kirisome Auva’a 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Will Smith 7. Corey Norman 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown 14. Beau Scott 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Kenny Edwards 17. Siosaia Vave 18. David Gower 19. Rory O’Brien 20. Bevan French 21. Cameron King