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PREVIEW | Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos

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Allianz Stadium plays host to a blockbuster clash between the Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos.

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Roosters

The Roosters looked to be cruising along on a 5 match winning streak, 2 of those victories coming without Luke Keary. However they got hit with a healthy dose of reality as the Raiders put together a season best performance to down them 14-12 over the weekend. The Roosters actually scored more tries than what the Raiders did but poor discipline gave the Raiders 8 points worth of goals.

Broncos

The Broncos had looked in danger of falling out of the top 8 after losing back to back matches against bottom 4 teams. They were thoroughly outplayed by the Bulldogs and were pipped at the post in another thrilling encounter with the Cowboys.

They weren’t to be outplayed by the Rabbitohs though. They rebounded in a big way with Corey Oates nabbing a hat-trick as the Broncos tore apart a weakened Souths backline. The match finished at 38-18 in a strong offensive showing.

SQUAD NEWS

Roosters

Luke Keary returns at 5/8 in a big boost for the Roosters. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been named as 18th man with the potential to be a late inclusion.

Broncos

Kotoni Staggs replaces Patrick Mago on the interchange.

PREVIEW

Previous Meeting

The Roosters and Broncos last faced off in Round 11 with Brisbane coming away with the win 28-22. The match was a highly competitive and entertaining affair which saw tries traded back and forth between the two teams.

Down 22-16 in the last 10, some individual brilliance from James Roberts and Jamayne Isaako gave the Broncos consecutive tries to emerge victorious.

Key Players

The interchange can sometimes be overlooked in games but in this match, it might just help determine the winner.

The Broncos duo of Matt Lodge and Korbin Sims have become impact weapons off the bench in recent weeks. Lodge has scored 3 tries in his last 5 games, the first 3 of his career. Sims has joined him with 4 tries in his last 3 games.

Their injection into the game from the interchange makes an immediate difference to the Broncos go forward and the Roosters bench management needs to be able to counter their influence.

Key Battle

Latrell Mitchell vs James Roberts

The last time these two met, it was the feature story of the game. Latrell got the better of Roberts in the first half but in the second half Roberts got the last laugh, scoring a crucial try as mentioned.

Whoever wins the battle between these two on Saturday is going to be important. They’re two of the few centres in the league who can turn the momentum of a game around single-handedly out of nothing. Shutting one another down is going to be key to their respective team’s game plan.

KEY STAT

The last 14 matches between the two sides have been split at 7-apiece.

SQUADS

Roosters
1 James Tedesco, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Joseph Manu, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Dylan Napa, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11 Boyd Cordner, 12 Isaac Liu, 13 Victor Radley
Interchange: 14 Nat Butcher, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Mitchell Aubusson, 17 Ryan Matterson
Reserves: 18 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 19 Sean O’Sullivan, 20 Paul Momirovski, 21 Lindsay Collins

Broncos
1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Jordan Kahu, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Sam Thaiday, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Tevita Pangai Junior, 13 Josh McGuire
Interchange: 14 Kotoni Staggs, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 16 Korbin Sims, 17 David Fifita
Reserves: 18 Patrick Mago, 19 Troy Dargan, 20 Gehamat Shibasaki, 21 Sam Tagatese

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Saturday 25th August
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Kick-off: 7:35pm

WHO WILL WIN?

Who will win between Roosters and Broncos?

NRL PREDICTIONS | Round 24

Roosters fan, a club proud to be developing local juniors and being compliant with the cap. League is the greatest game of all, Tennis pretty close behind.

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