With more than 100 years of history behind them, the Sydney Roosters are one of the powerhouse teams of the National Rugby League.
That legacy was underlined in 2019 when the Tricolours edged out a determined Canberra Raiders side to become the first team of the NRL era to win back-to-back premierships.
They missed out last year, but can the Chooks go all the way to the big dance again in 2021? Let’s see how the latest NRL betting odds are shaping up.
About the Sydney Roosters
|Home ground:||Allianz Stadium|
|Captains:||Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend|
|Premierships:||15 – 1911, 1912, 1913, 1923, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1974, 1975, 2002, 2013, 2018, 2019|
|2020 ladder finish:||Fourth (14-6)|
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Updated Sydney Roosters futures odds
|2021 Premiership||Make Top 4||Top Tryscorer|
|Feb||$6||$1.75||B Morris $23|
|Mar||$6||$1.75||B Morris $23|
|Apr||$10||$2.30||B Morris $2.70|
|Jun||$13||$2.35||D Tupou $67|
Best Sydney Roosters bets for NRL 2021
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for the Roosters, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- Are the Chooks still a genuine premiership threat? Although they were a little way of the pace last season, online bookmakers have them in the top few chances again this year.
- If the markets are to be believed, there are a five major contenders for a top-four spot. The Roosters sit third or fourth in that group, depending on where you look. If you can get even money or better, jump on.
- The Chooks have two major contenders in the NRL 2021 top tryscorer betting. Brett Morris has a slight edge in the preseason markets, but Daniel Tupou looks great value at $26. If he stays fit, he is every chance to notch 20 or more tries this season.
2021 Sydney Roosters draw
|1||Manly Sea Eagles||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, March 13||5:30pm|
|2||Wests Tigers||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, March 21||4:05pm|
|3||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Stadium Australia||Friday, March 26||8:05pm|
|4||New Zealand Warriors||Sydney Cricket Ground||Sunday, April 4||6:15pm|
|5||Cronulla Sharks||Central Coast Stadium||Saturday, April 10||7:35pm|
|6||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Friday, April 16||7:55pm|
|7||St George Illawarra Dragons||Sydney Cricket Ground||Sunday, April 25||4:05pm|
|8||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Saturday, May 1||7:35pm|
|9||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, May 7||7:55pm|
|10||North Queensland Cowboys||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, March 15||7:45pm|
|11||Brisbane Broncos||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, May 22||5:30pm|
|12||Canberra Raiders||HBF Park||Saturday, May 29||7:35pm|
|14||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Saturday, June 12||3pm|
|15||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Friday, June 18||7:55pm|
|16||Melbourne Storm||Sydney Cricket Ground||Thursday, July 1||7:50pm|
|17||Canterbury Bulldogs||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, July 10||7:35pm|
|18||North Queensland Cowboys||Queensland Country Bank Stadium||Saturday, July 17||5:30pm|
|19||Newcastle Knights||Sydney Cricket Ground||Friday, July 23||6pm|
|20||Parramatta Eels||Sydney Cricket Ground||Thursday, July 29||7:50pm|
|21||Penrith Panthers||Sydney Cricket Ground||Saturday, August 7||5:30pm|
|22||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, August 13||7:55pm|
|23||St George Illawarra Dragons||Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, August 22||2pm|
|24||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Sydney Cricket Ground||Friday, August 27||7:55pm|
|25||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Thursday, September 2||7:50pm|
Roosters players to watch in 2021
Coming off a monster 2019 in which he won the Dally M Medal, Wally Lewis Medal and Brad Fittler Medal, it is perhaps unsurprising that James Tedesco failed to reach those heights last season. However, the NSW fullback is a bonafide superstar and will be central to Sydney’s prospects this season.
Position: Second row
Angus Crichton has given the Roosters plenty of flexibility with his ability to take on various roles and make an impact from the bench, but he played the bulk of last season as a starter on the second row. Can he take his game to the next level in 2021?
With Kyle Flanagan dumped after just one season and Luke Keary now moving into the halfback role, it appears that Lachlan Lam will get first crack at the no.6 jersey this year. Drew Hutchison and Sam Walker are waiting in the wings, so the pressure will be on from round one.
Sydney Roosters records, stats and history
- Most games: 302 – Anthony Minichello
Most career points: 1,454 – Craig Fitzgibbon
Most points in a season: 284 – Ivan Cleary (1998)
Most career tries: 139 – Anthony Minichello
Most tries in a season: 38 – David Brown (1935)
- Most consecutive wins: 19 (1975)
Highest score in a match: 70 (vs. Dragons, 2000)
Biggest winning margin: 87-7 (vs. Bulldogs, 1935)
Largest home attendance: 62,255 (vs. Eels at Stadium Australia, 2000)
- The Sydney Roosters began life as the Eastern Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club in January 1908. Designed to represent the municipalities of Darlinghurst, Paddington, Randwick, Vaucluse, Waverley and Woollahra, the team’s traditional zone also includes the entirety of postcode 2000 – the Sydney city centre.
Success came early for the Tricolours. Led by legends like Dally Messenger, Jersey Flegg and Sandy Pearce, the club won three premierships in a row from 1911 to 1913. Another hat-trick arrived in the 1930s, along with two more flags at either end of World War II.
Although Eastern Suburbs entered the second half of the 20th century as one of rugby league’s power clubs, on-field success proved scarce from that point on. A three-decade drought was broken with back-to-back triumphs in 1974 and ’75, but the Chooks would not add to their tally of 11 flags until after the turn of the millennium.
Despite their ordinary returns on the field, Easts survived the financial hardships of the 1980s and the Super League wars of the ’90s. By the time of the NRL’s inauguration in 1998, the rebranded Sydney City Roosters were again a force to be reckoned with. Their 27-year dry spell came to an end in 2002, when Phil Gould engineered the club’s 12th first-grade premiership.