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 2018 when the Tricolours jumped a heavily fancied Melbourne Storm side in the NRL Grand Final to win their 15th premiership.
Can the Chooks go all the way to the big dance again? Let’s see how the odds are shaping up for 2019.
About the Sydney Roosters
|Home ground:||Allianz Stadium|
|Captains:||Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend|
|Premierships:||13 – 1911, 1912, 1913, 1923, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1974, 1975, 2002, 2013|
|2018 ladder finish:||First (16-8)|
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Updated Sydney Roosters futures odds
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|2018 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds||Top Tryscorer Odds|
|Feb||$5||$1.22||$1.80||J Tedesco – $13||D Tupou – $17|
|Mar||$5||$1.18||$1.80||J Tedesco – $15||B Ferguson – $17|
|Apr||$7.50||$1.30||$2.10||C Cronk – $19||L Mitchell – $23|
|May||$8||$1.28||$2.20||C Cronk – $26||L Mitchell – $26|
|Jun||$7||$1.10||$1.80||C Cronk – $34||L Mitchell – $26|
|Jul||$7||$1.10||$1.80||C Cronk – $34||L Mitchell – $26|
|Aug||$3.75||N/A||$1.25||J Tedesco – $41||L Mitchell – $34|
|Sep||$3.40||N/A||N/A||L Mitchell – $101||N/A|
Best Sydney Roosters bets for NRL 2018
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- There is a lot of support for Sydney in the early betting. Much of that has to do with the acquisition of Cooper Cronk, whose move from Melbourne has had the serendipitous side-effect of weakening a chief rival. Barring any unforeseen crises, the Chooks will most certainly be in the mix.
- Unsurprisingly, the premiership favourites are very well backed for a top-four finish. The Roosters wound up second to the Storm last season and should be around the top two again.
- James Tedesco racked up 18 Dally M votes last year in a Wests Tigers team that finished at the wrong end of the table. The question is: will more wins mean more votes, or will the NSW fullback have to share them with Cronk, Keary, et al? We reckon Tedesco is Sydney’s best bet anyway.
- Bookies have Daniel Tupou pegged as Sydney’s best tryscoring option, but have they got things mixed up? Latrell Mitchell made a few costly gaffes in last year’s finals, but the 20-year-old winger is an awesome talent who will only be better with another season under his belt.
2018 Sydney Roosters draw
|1||Wests Tigers||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, March 10||4:30pm|
|2||Canterbury Bulldogs||Allianz Stadium||Friday, March 16||6pm|
|3||Newcastle Knights||Allianz Stadium||Sunday, March 25||6:30pm|
|4||New Zealand Warriors||Allianz Stadium||Saturday, March 31||5:30pm|
|5||Cronulla Sharks||Southern Cross Stadium||Friday, April 6||6pm|
|6||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Allianz Stadium||Thursday, April 12||7:50pm|
|7||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, April 19||7:50pm|
|8||St George Illawarra Dragons||Allianz Stadium||Wednesday, April 25||7pm|
|9||Manly Sea Eagles||Allianz Stadium||Sunday, May 6||4:10pm|
|10||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday, May 12||3pm|
|11||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 18||7:50pm|
|12||Gold Coast Titans||Central Coast Stadium||Saturday, May 26||3pm|
|13||Wests Tigers||Allianz Stadium||Sunday, June 3||4:10pm|
|14||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Saturday, June 9||5:30pm|
|15||Penrith Panthers||Allianz Stadium||Friday, June 15||7:50pm|
|16||Melbourne Storm||Allianz Stadium||Friday, June 29||7:50pm|
|18||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Sunday, July 15||6:30pm|
|19||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Sunday, July 22||4:10pm|
|20||St George Illawarra Dragons||Allianz Stadium||Sunday, July 28||4:10pm|
|21||North Queensland Cowboys||Allianz Stadium||Saturday, August 4||7:30pm|
|22||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Friday, August 10||7:50pm|
|23||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Sunday, August 17||4:10pm|
|24||Brisbane Broncos||Allianz Stadium||Saturday, August 25||7:30pm|
|25||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, September 1||7:30pm|
Roosters players to watch in 2018
Is this the move that will bring premiership glory back to the Eastern Suburbs? The Chooks shifted Mitchell Pearce to make space for 34-year-old Cronk, whose ratio of accolades to hot dinners stands at around 1:1. An injury-free run for the former Queensland star could be the difference between a good year and a great year at the Allianz.
Cronk is not Sydney’s only big signing for 2018. Tedesco was outstanding in his final year at the Tigers and was among NSW’s best in State of Origin, setting the early pace with a MOTM display in game one. He arrives at the Allianz at the peak of his game and should make an immediate impact.
Mitchell endured a tough end to an otherwise excellent second season in the NRL. At only 20 years of age, he has already scored over 150 points by hand and foot. The Cronk-Keary halves pairing can only be good for the young winger’s development, while other list changes should see him take on more kicking duties.
Melbourne Storm records, stats and history
- Most games: 302 – Anthony Minichello
Most career points: 1454 – 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.
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