Josh Mercer previews the round 16 clash between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos. This is what we have to look forward to.
After being belted by Melbourne Storm the week before, the Sydney Roosters were back in the winners circle last week defeating the Wests Tigers 38-16. The return of Morris twins was one of the highlights of the win, scoring two tries a piece.
The Brisbane Broncos did well last week to keep up with the Dragons last week, however the Dragons were too good winning 28-24. After finding themselves down 12 nil early in the game, the Broncos didn’t fold like they had in the past. Kotoni Staggs showed that he is going to be a star, scoring a brilliant 80 metre try for the Broncos.
Boyd Cordner and Daniel Tupou return for the Roosters this week.
1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins 18. Daniel Fifita 19. Ryan Hall 20. Max Bailey 21. Egan Butcher.
Sean O’Sullivan replaces Anthony Milford at five-eight and Corey Paix comes into the side at hooker for Issac Luke.
1. Darius Boyd 2. Richard Kennar 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Jordan Kahu 5. Herbie Farnworth 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Tom Dearden 8. Joe Ofahengaue 9. Cory Paix 10. Rhys Kennedy 11. David Fifita 12. Ben Te’o 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Brodie Croft 15. Jordan Riki 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Jamil Hopoate 18. Jesse Arthars 19. Pride Petterson-Robati 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Corey Oates.
The Roosters have not won back to back matches against the Broncos since 2017.
BATTLE TO WATCH
The Battle between Josh Morris and Kotoni Staggs should be a cracker. They old bull against the young buck, Morris seems to be having a great year in 2020 at the ripe age of 34. Staggs is a gun centre and has a bright future ahead of him, he just needs his inside men to get some ball early and he can do the rest which he showed against Euan Aitken last week.
Date: Friday, August 28
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground