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2021 NRL Round Four Preview, Roosters Vs Warriors

Josh Mercer previews the round four clash between the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors. This is what we have to look forward to.

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TEAM NEWS

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Date: Sunday April 4, Time: 6:15 pm

Roosters Team

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Daniel Tupou
  3. Josh Morris
  4. Joseph Manu
  5. Brett Morris
  6. Drew Hutchison
  7. Sam Walker
  8. Isaac Liu
  9. Freddy Lussick
  10. Siosiua Taukeiaho
  11. Angus Crichton
  12. Sitili Tupouniua
  13. Victor Radley
  14. Matt Ikuvalu
  15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  16. Nat Butcher
  17. Fletcher Baker
  18. Egan Butcher
  19. Ben Marschke
  20. Joseph Suaalii
  21. Tukupa-Ke Hau Tapuha

Team Changes

IN: Ben Marschke, Egan Butcher, Joseph Suaalii, Matt Ikuvalu, Nat Butcher, Sam Walker, Tukupa-Ke Hau Tapuha, Victor Radley.
OUT: Luke Keary, Lindsay Collins, Lachlan Lam, Daniel Suluka-Fifita.

Warriors Team

  1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  2. David Fusitu’a
  3. Adam Pompey
  4. Marcelo Montoya
  5. Ken Maumalo
  6. Kodi Nikorima
  7. Sean O’Sullivan
  8. Addin Fonua-Blake
  9. Wayde Egan
  10. Bunty Afoa
  11. Eliesa Katoa
  12. Bayley Sironen
  13. Tohu Harris
  14. Jazz Tevaga
  15. Ben Murdoch-Masila
  16. Leeson Ah Mau
  17. Jack Murchie
  18. Tom Ale
  19. Paul Turner
  20. Kane Evans
  21. Rocco Berry

Team Changes

IN: Kane Evans, Marcelo Montoya, Paul Turner, Rocco Berry, Tom Ale.
OUT:
Peta Hiku.

Referee: Ben Cummins

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Roosters

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After two big wins, the Roosters’ momentum came to a screeching halt against traditional rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Roosters had no answers as the Rabbitohs made them look ordinary at times; after the Rabbitohs headed out to a 24-0 lead, there is no doubt that Roosters fans would have been experiencing déjà vu from last year’s massacre. The Roosters were able to put some tries together to go down by 10 points, however a number of injuries to players such as Luke Keary made the loss even worse.

Warriors

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The Warriors were able to get the victory against the Canberra Raiders, though it was in controversial circumstances. The pass that led to the Warriors scoring – and mounting a comeback – was forward. It is a shame that the game will be remembered for the forward pass, and the mistakes made by referee Henry Perenara, given what they have been through the last two seasons.

PREVIEW

This is a danger game for the Roosters: they have quite a number of injuries and in the past have struggled against the Warriors. The Warriors showed enormous heart against the Raiders and will no doubt show it again against the Roosters.

James Tedesco and other veterans will need to step up and lead from the front in the absence of Keary and other key players. The return of Victor Radley should tighten up the middle of the park, and with the way Kodi Nikorima plays that’s what will be needed to stop the Warriors.

KEY STAT

Since 1998 these two sides have played 40 times, with the Warriors ahead 21 wins to 18, with one game drawn.

PREDICTION

Roosters by four.

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