Sydney Roosters returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory at Cronulla Sharks last week. After a poor display against New Zealand Warriors in their previous game, the Roosters put in an accomplished display as they defeated the Sharks 10-28.
Head coach Trent Robinson didn’t panic last week following the loss to the Warriors with him naming the same 17 and has done the same this week after the win over the Sharks.
The Roosters spent less time in possession than the Sharks last week and their completion rate was also lower but they were clinical in attack. Despite spending 23:45 on the ball compared to the Sharks’ 30:14, the Roosters managed to outscore their opponents five tries to two.
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South Sydney almost managed to complete a late comeback against league leaders St George last week but fell just short in the final minutes. The Rabbitohs were 16-2 down with nine minutes left with back-to-back tries giving them hope but they couldn’t add a third as they went down 16-12.
Richie Kennar returns after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. That means Hymel Hunt drops to the reserves with Dane Gagai reverting to centre. Jason Clark retains his place after receiving a late call-up last week.
Souths did well to keep themselves in the game until late on against St George. Despite being down on the scoreboard, they didn’t give in and gave themselves a chance of winning. In part, that was down to them making 36 tackle breaks, 12 more than the Dragons.
Two teams with one of the longest rivalries in rugby league meet for the first time in 2018 as Sydney Roosters host South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Roosters produced a solid display to overcome the Sharks last week whilst the Rabbitohs fell just short of the table-topping Dragons. Both of those performances will give these sides something to work on this week for differing reasons and sets this game up nicely. As ever when these two sides meet, anything can happen but the Roosters should have too much for their fierce rivals.