5.30pm Saturday March 31, 2018 at Allianz Stadium
THE match of the day this Saturday will see the Sydney Roosters clash with the New Zealand Warriors at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
For the first time the Warriors head into round four having won three games to start the season, however they come up against a powerhouse Roosters pack which were emphatic against the Newcastle Knights last weekend.
The standout combination of the Roosters win last week was Cooper Cronk and five-eighth Luke Keary who were at the centre of all the key plays throughout the match. The duos dominance was highlighted by a sensational chip kick from Cronk which Keary scooped up before flicking to Victor Radley who went on to score the first try of his NRL career.
The Roosters squad is unchanged from last week’s victory and coach Trent Robinson should be quietly confident his boys can put the Warriors away.
While the Warriors will be the underdogs heading into the match they shouldn’t be underestimated – the Kiwis will come into the game full of confidence and they have shown plenty of tenacity throughout the early rounds this season.
However, Saturday’s match will certainly test them and they will have to bring their a-game to be a chance against the 2018 Premiership favourites.
Sydney Roosters team list
1.James Tedesco, 2. Reece Robinson, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 9. Jake Friend (c), 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Boyd Cordner (c), 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Isaac Lui.
Interchange: 14. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 15. Zane Tetevano, 16. Mitchell Aubusson, 17. Victor Radley, 18. Nat Butcher, 19. Kurt Baptiste, 20. Mitchell Cornish, 21. Lindsay Collins.
New Zealand Warriors team list
1.Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. David Fusitu’a, 3. Peta Hiku, 4. Solomone Kata, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Blake Green, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. James Gavet, 9. Isaac Luke, 10. Agnatius Paasi, 11. Leivaha Pulu, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Adam Blair.
Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Ligi Sao, 16. Chris Satae, 17. Bunty Afoa, 18. Mason Lino, 19. Anthony Gelling, 20. Albert Vete, 22. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.
Who wins – Roosters or Warriors?
The Roosters were stunning against the Knights last week and while the Warriors come into the match undefeated, there is no doubt the Roosters have the class edge and should prove hard to stop.
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