2023 NRL Preview Round 7: Sharks Vs Roosters

Josh Mercer previews the Friday night clash between the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Sydney Roosters.



Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Vs Sydney Roosters
Venue: PointsBet Stadium, Sydney
Date: Friday, April 14, 6:00 pm


Sharks: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Royce Hunt 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Wade Graham 15. Jack Williams 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Thomas Hazelton 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Connor Tracey 20. Tuku Hau Tapuha 21. Mawene Hiroti 22. Jayden Berrell

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Joseph Suaalii 4. Joseph Manu 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Egan Butcher 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Naufahu Whyte 16. Terrell May 17. Matthew Lodge 18. Corey Allan 19. Siua Wong 20. Paul Momirovski 21. Jake Turpin 22. Elie El Zakhem

Referee: Grany Atkins

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You would be forgiven for thinking that the Roosters vs Storm game on Easter Thursday would be a nail-biter – the signs were there, as the Roosters were putting together some good wins after their shock opening round loss to the Dolphins, while it seemed that the Storm was starting to hit their stride after a couple of losses; oh, and Jahrome Hughes was returning from suspension. However, an in-form Storm brought the Roosters back to earth with a thud.

While the Storm was too good on the night, the fact that Victor Radley got sent to the sin bin cost the Roosters. When Radley is on, the team plays well, but he is prone to stupidity, like the hit on Cameron Munster. The sooner he cuts that out, the better off the team will be, but you know the saying – ‘old habits die hard’.

The Sharks had a bye in Round 6, but they will be looking for a win here after losing to the Warriors in Round 5. The team from the shire blew a 20-point lead against the Warriors – they should have put them away. The Sharks have all the tools to go further than they did last year, but they can’t afford losses like the one against the Warriors.

Nicho Hynes has been going gangbusters again this season – he looks good with the ball in his hands. The team will need him to lead them around and not let what happened against the Warriors happen here. A good start is a must, so is the Sharks playing for the full 80 minutes,


Roosters 7, Sharks 3


Roosters by eight points.

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    Fiona Lavongai

    How can we know which teams are the tuffed one’s

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