2018 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 15th June, 10:55 (UK)

Where? Allianz Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena
Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=ROOS1518

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

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

Unavailable: Ryan Matterson

  • Sydney Roosters survived a late scare as they held off Newcastle last week. The Roosters were eight points to the good with five minutes remaining but Kalyn Ponga’s late try made it a nervy last few minutes with the Roosters just clinging on 16-18.

  • Trent Robinson has named the same 17 in terms of personnel from last week but has made a slight tweak with Mitch Aubusson starting in the second row and Siosiua Taukeiaho switching to the bench.

  • The Roosters have now won five of their last six games and will be keen to improve that run at the Allianz Stadium where they have a 4-3 record this season.

PANTHERS

Head Coach: Anthony Griffin

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Crichton, Peachey, Whare, Phillips, Maloney, Cleary, Merrin, Katoa, Campbell-Gillard, Harawira-Naera, Yeo, Fisher-Harris – Interchanges: Egan, Ellis, Hetherington, Tamou – Reserves: May, Lui-Toso

Unavailable: Sam McKendry, Waqa Blake, Josh Mansour, Dylan Edwards, Moses Leota, Viliame Kikau

  • Penrith came out on top of a tight contest with Canberra last week. In a game littered with errors, James Maloney converted Dean Whare’s try with five minutes to go to level the scores before a career-first field goal for Nathan Cleary sealed a 22-23 win for his side.

  • Peter Wallace retired with immediate effect this week after a string of injuries left the Panthers captain with little choice but to hang up his boots. Jack Hetherington returns to the side after his ban with the injured Viliame Kikau dropping out.

  • The Panthers managed to edge a tight affair last week as won their fourth game in a row but they must improve on that effort against the Roosters. All three of the Panthers defeats this season have come when not playing at Panthers Stadium with the trip to Allianz their first visit there this season.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters host Penrith Panthers in a game that looks to be the pick of Round 15. The sixth-placed Roosters sit just four points behind the second-placed Panthers with both teams in good form with just a loss apiece from each of their last six games. Both teams scored narrow wins last week with plenty of improvement needed in this important clash. For the Roosters, they will be looking to try and break into the top 4 whilst the Panthers will want to consolidate their position and not get sucked into the battle below them. This is a tough game to call with both capable of winning but the Roosters might be able to edge this one to make their top 4 intentions clear.