Round 4 Preview: Roosters vs Warriors

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Sydney Roosters v New Zealand Warriors 
Allianz Stadium 
Saturday 31 March 
5:30pm NSW, 4:30pm QLD and 7:30pm NZ

Sydney Roosters 
1. James Tedesco 
2. Reece Robinson 
3. Latrell Mitchell 
4. Joseph Manu 
5. Blake Ferguson 
6. Luke Keary 
7. Cooper Cronk 
8. Siosiua Taukeiaho 
9. Jake Friend (c) 
10. Dylan Napa 
11. Boyd Cordner (c) 
12. Ryan Matterson 
13. Isaac Liu 

Interchange: 14. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Mitchell Aubusson 17. Victor Radley 

Reserves: 18. Nat Butcher 19. Kurt Baptiste 20. Mitchell Cornish 21. Lindsay Collins 

New Zealand Warriors 
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 
2. David Fusitua 
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 

Reserves: 18. Mason Lino 19. Anthony Gelling 20. Albert Vete 21. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 

A big match up between two sides who have impressed early on. Particularly this match will be very interesting in the forwards with 2 big sets of forwards going at each other. Roosters will want to continue their winning ways while the Warriors have kicked off the year with a 3-0 record. 

The Halves  
Our first match up sees 2 halves combinations coming up against each other. Roosters with Keary and Cronk and Warriors with Green and Johnson. Keary has complimented Cronk since they have partnered up as has Green allowing Johnson to do his natural off the cuff play. Green brings a calm head to the Warriors and will be integral to his teams fortunes this weekend if his pack can hold heir own against the Roosters. 

James Tedesco v Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 
Tedesco’s form is starting to lift and his combination with his halves is starting to gel nicely while RTS always goes about his business without much fuss. His 200m carried per game is invaluable to a team while Teddy jinks his way out of any situation he can. 

Boyd Cordner v Tohu Harris 
Both wide running back towers their halves will be looking to utilise both of these guys respectively hoping to put them through the line for some points. 

Prediction: It’s hard to go against the Roosters here. Warriors just got the job done last week v Raiders while Roosters ran riot over an inform Knights side. I can’t see Warriors coming close. I think their bubble could burst this weekend. Roosters by 16.

-Nath

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