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30 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 31st March, 07:30 (UK)

Where? Allianz Stadium

What channel is it on? UK – Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors will not be televised live in the UK Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

Starting 13: Tedesco, Robinson, Mitchell, Manu, Ferguson, Keary, Cronk, Taukeiaho, Friend, Napa, Cordner, Matterson, Liu – Interchanges: Waerea-Hargreaves, Tetevano, Aubusson, Radley – Reserves: Butcher, Collins

Unavailable: Daniel Tupou

  • Sydney Roosters achieved their second comfortable victory in a row with a solid display against Newcastle Knights. The Knights came into the game unbeaten having won their opening two games but the Roosters outclassed them in a 38-8 win.
  • Trent Robinson has named the same 17 from last week’s win and there is no indication that he will make any late changes to his side.
  • Despite seeing less of the ball than their opponents (48%), the Roosters were clinical last week. The key difference for the Roosters came in the metres made department, with the Roosters making 1,564 metres and only allowing the Knights to make 1,180.

WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Hiku, Kata, Maumalo, Green, Johnson, Afoa, Luke, Paasi, Pulu, Harris, Blair – Interchanges: Tevaga, Sao, Satae – Reserves: Lino, Gelling, Vete

Unavailable: Simon Mannering, Nathaniel Roache, Gerard Beale, Isaiah Papali’I, James Gavet, Sam Lisone

  • New Zealand Warriors continued their fine start to the season as they racked up another win to maintain their 100% record. It came in dramatic fashion too as the Warriors were seven points down to the Raiders with just four minutes left but Shaun Johnson kicked two drop goals after converting Isaac Luke’s try to seal a last-gasp 19-20 win.
  • James Gavet has dropped out of the side with Bunty Afoa starting at prop. That has left the Warriors with three named on the bench with Stephen Kearney to make a late call on the replacement. Tevita Satae comes onto the bench for the suspended Sam Lisone.
  • The Warriors will have to improve their defence effort this week if they are to maintain their 100% record against a dangerous Roosters outfit. Despite their late comeback last week, they missed 45 tackles against the Raiders and will struggle to if they post a similar number this week.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters host New Zealand Warriors in an intriguing contest at Allianz Stadium. The Roosters look to have put their opening round shock defeat against Wests Tigers behind them with back-to-back comprehensive wins. The Warriors are unbeaten with three wins to start the season but now face their toughest test to date. Some Shaun Johnson magic was enough to sneak past the Raiders last week but he will need to be at the top of his game to lead his side around the pitch against the Roosters. This should be a fascinating encounter with either side capable of winning but the Roosters just get the nod at home.

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