Round 5 Preview: Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters

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Cronulla Sharks vs Sydney Roosters
Friday 6th April
Southern Cross Group Stadium
6pm AEST, 8pm NZ

  1. Josh Dugan
  2. Sosaia Feki
  3. Jesse Ramien
  4. Ricky Leutele
  5. Valentine Holmes
  6. Matt Moylan
  7. Chad Townsend
  8. Andrew Fifita
  9. Jayden Brailey
  10. Matt Prior
  11. Luke Lewis
  12. Wade Graham (c)
  13. Paul Gallen (c)

Interchange: 14 Kurt Capewell, 15 James Segeyaro, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai, 17 Joseph Paulo
Reserves: 18 Trent Hodkinson, 20 Edrick Lee

  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 Liu

Interchange: 14 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Mitchell Aubusson, 17 Victor Radley
Reserves: 18 Nat Butcher, 19 Kurt Baptiste

Game Preview: 
Well This game could prove to be a blockbuster. The Roosters are coming off disappointing performance in Round 4 against a red hot Warriors, as they look to rectify these mistakes. 

The Sharks however look to build on the momentum that they had gained last week after defeating the Storm in what was a thrilling game.

Key Match ups:

Battle of the Halves:
We have some outstanding halves that will be on display this evening. Both sides are a "new" combination. However between the four players there is a lot of experience.

The Roosters have Luke Keary and Cooper Cronk who have both been very solid all season with Keary getting better and better as each game goes on. Look for him to control most of the game allowing Cronk to feed off him and play off the back.

The Sharks on the other hand have Matt Moylan who is returning from an injury partnering the always solid pick Chad Townsend. These two will likely run the ball a lot trying to cause some problems on the Roosters edge defence.

Josh Dugan vs James Tedesco:

Both of these players have represented NSW at Fullback, however the current mantle sits with Tedesco. Both of these players play a similar style of football with them both sniffing around the ball trying to play off quick offloads and quick play the balls. 

Whoever will be more active around the ruck will likely give their side the edge. Dugan is the more physical player whilst Tedesco always seems to find himself in the right spot on defence with either defusing bombs or having his body in the right spot to shut down the kick in behind.

Battle of the Forwards:

Both sides have big, physical packs who will run for a lot of meters. The Sharks have Matt Prior and Andrew Fifita who are known to just catch the ball and to not stop running regardless on who gets in their way. The Roosters will likely do the same with Taukeiaho and Napa carrying the ball up. 

However it will be the bench that makes all the difference tonight. The Roosters have a lot of big bodies coming off the bench with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Zane Tetevano, Mitchell Aubusson and Victor Radley coming on who can all play a mobile fast game of football.

The Sharks will be relying on big meters from Kurt Capewell Ava Seumanufagai and Joseph Paulo with the sharks electing to carry another Hooker on the bench with James Segyaro. 

I believe the Roosters side cannot play that bad two weeks in a row. Look for their forwards to have some go forward as they put pressure on the Sharks forward pack. Look for Cronk and Keary to run a fast style of play with most of their tries coming from cross field kicks after solid meters by the forwards keeping them in good field position. Roosters by 8.



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