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2021 NRL Round Two Preview, Tigers Vs Roosters

Josh Mercer previews the Wests Tigers clash with the Sydney Roosters. This is what we have to look forward to.

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TEAM NEWS

Venue: Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Date: Sunday, March 21, Time: 4:05pm

Wests Tigers

  1. Daine Laurie
  2. David Nofoaluma
  3. James Roberts
  4. Joseph Leilua
  5. Asu Kepaoa
  6. Adam Doueihi
  7. Luke Brooks
  8. James Tamou
  9. Jacob Liddle
  10. Joe Ofahengaue
  11. Luciano Leilua
  12. Luke Garner
  13. Alex Twal
  14. Moses Mbye
  15. Thomas Mikaele
  16. Stefano Utoikamanu
  17. Tommy Talau
  18. Russell Packe
  19. Alex Seyfarth
  20. Michael Chee-Kam
  21. Jock Madden

Team Changes

IN: Adam Doueihi, Alex Seyfarth, Jock Madden, Michael Chee Kam
OUT: nil

Sydney Roosters

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Daniel Tupou
  3. Josh Morris
  4. Joseph Manu
  5. Brett Morris
  6. Lachlan Lam
  7. Luke Keary
  8. Lindsay Collins
  9. Freddy Lussick
  10. Siosiua Taukeiaho
  11. Nat Butcher
  12. Sitili Tupouniua
  13. Isaac Liu
  14. Drew Hutchison
  15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  16. Fletcher Baker
  17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
  18. Matt Ikuvalu
  19. Egan Butcher
  20. Sam Walker
  21. Tukupa-Ke Hau Tapuha

Team Changes

IN: Egan Butcher, Drew Hutchison, Fletcher Baker, Freddy Lussick, Sam Walker, Matt Ikuvalu, Tukupa-Ke Hau Tapuha
OUT
: Jake Friend, Angus Crichton, Adam Keighran

Referee: Adam Gee

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Wests Tigers

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The Tigers didn’t have a good time in the nation’s capital, losing to Canberra in Round One 30-12. The Tigers kept with the Raiders early in the game, unfortunately they were overpowered in the second half.

Sydney Roosters

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The Roosters had a great day out of the Sydney Cricket Ground, thrashing Manly 46-4. Everything went the Roosters way with Brett Morris and James Tedesco grabbing hat tricks. The win came at a cost as Jake Friend had a head clash with the Sea Eagles Andrew Davey, and subsequently ruling him out for this weeks game.

PREVIEW

After the way the Roosters played last week it is hard to see them losing to Tigers, but never say never. The Tigers have strike weapons across the park, all of who can cross the try line. They also have an experienced front row, and it will be their job to make sure that they start the game on the right foot and play the whole 80 minutes.

Though there are injuries to some key personnel, the Roosters looked like the team that returned after COVID last year; returning to premiership favouritism, and not the team that limped out of the finals. If Tedesco, Manu and the Morris twins are firing on all cylinders and the forwards are laying a good platform then the Tigers may have the same score put on them as last week.

KEY STAT

The Roosters and Tigers have played 17 times since 2011 and the Tigers have only won twice.

PREDICTION

Roosters to win by 18

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