NRL match preview: Sydney Roosters vs Wests Tigers

Date:Friday, May 9, 2014
Venue:Allianz Stadium
Kick-off: 7:40pm

Roosters:1.Anthony Minichiello(c) 2.Daniel Tupou 3.Michael Jennings 4.Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6.James Maloney 7.Mitchell Pearce 8.Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9.Jake Friend 10.Sam Moa 11.Boyd Cordner 12.Sonny Bill Williams 13.Aidan Guerra Interchange: 14.Frank-Paul Nuuausala 15.Mitchell Aubusson 16.Isaac Liu 17.Remi Casty 18.Daniel Mortimer 19.Dylan Napa

Wests Tigers: 1.Kurtis Rowe 2.David Nofoaluma 3.Keith Lulia 4.Chris Lawrence 5.Pat Richards 6.Blake Austin 7.Luke Brooks 8.Aaron Woods 9.Joel Luani 10.Keith Galloway 11.Liam Fulton 12.Bodene Thompson
13.Adam Blair Interchange: 14.Martin Taupau 15.Ava Seumanufagai 16.Cory Paterson 17.Sia Akauola

The Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers kick off Women in League round at Allianz Stadium on Friday night with 4th place up for grabs. The patched up Tigers are fighting above their weight in 2014, recording five wins from eight games, despite injuries to key players and Robbie Farah aside, a lack of established representative players in their squad. The Roosters are nowhere near their 2013 form but are doing enough to win most of the time.

French international Remi Casty could make his debut against the Tigers after being named in jersey 17, while the Tigers have brought in veteran Keith Lulia for Tim Simona, Blake Austin for Braith Anasta and Liam Fulton replaces Sia Akauola in the starting line up.

Luke Brooks is doing his best to lead the Tigers around, but has very little support around him and Blake Austin needs a big game to keep the Tigers competitive against a Roosters side littered with stars. Jared Waerea Hargreaves doesn’t usually need a reason to fire up, but his snubbing in last week’s Test match may give him a little extra motivation on Friday night, look for the big Kiwi to have a stand out game.

The Tigers are hanging on with injuries aplenty, but I don’t know how long they can keep it up. The Roosters need to start playing to their potential and they will start this on Friday night. Roosters by 14.

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