Round 9 preview. Roosters vs Sea Eagles.

Source: NRL.com

Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles
Sunday May 6th
 Allianz Stadium
4:10pm

Preview:

To finish off round 9 we see the Sydney Roosters host the Manly Sea Eagles. Both sides are sitting well below what they expected, with the Roosters 2 multi-million dollar men not delivering what is expected and as for Manly, they have an injury least long enough to almost make a second team on top of the drama that's happening within the club.

In saying all that both sides will be up for the clash, the Roosters aiming to get back into the top 8, the Sea Eagles just trying to move as far away from the bottom of the ladder as possible. Interestingly Manly have won almost double the matches played between the 2 sides at Allianz, as well as both games last season. But the club has fallen off a cliff since then.

Team lists 

Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Joseph Manu, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Mitchell Aubusson, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Zane Tetevano, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange: 14 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 15 Siosiua Taukeiaho, 16 Nat Butcher, 17 Victor Radley

Reserves: 20 Kurt Baptiste, 21 Frank-Paul Nuuausala

Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Matthew Wright, 3 Moses Suli, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Dylan Walker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Shaun Lane, 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Frank Winterstein, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18 Tom Wright, 21 Toafofoa Sipley

Key Match Ups 

The NSW Blues Fullback Battle

We are 30 days out from the first match of the series and the Blues fullback spot may very well come down to this match. Both men are struggling after a below average start to the season and with origin around the corner this match up might just be the kick in the pants they need.

The Roosters game plan seems to be hurting Tedesco, constantly in the middle looking for offloads in a side that doesn't offload. He has gone from the man that seemingly needed to do everything to just another player, if the Roosters start to play some second phase footy look out. Trbojevic seems to have a moment of brilliance almost every match, but I'm sure he's not 100% fit. The ankle injury hasnt fully recovered and it still seems to be effecting his game. Unfortunately due to the position Manly are in they can't afford him to miss any games.

The 5/8s

The addition of Cronk to the Roosters definitely seems to be helping Keary and his running game. Playing with such a structured half he now has the luxury of playing what seems to be his natural game, run first pass second. Another player that also had his name down in the possibles for Origin, a couple of poor performances has seen his chances drop. Maybe without the extra pressure Keary can come out and produce some of his best footy.

You know things are going bad for a club when they make a move that failed them 2 seasons ago. With the season ending injury to Croker last week Walker has been moved to 5/8 just so Hastings won't play... I don't know what to say about this one. It failed a few years ago, but I guess if you don't roll the dice you will never know. We all know Walker can do some amazing things on the field, but after just a handful of games back and in a position that his struggled with in the past will today be one of those day's?

The bench props

When it comes to the forwards the Roosters look set. They've got Waerea-Hargreaves and Taukeiahoa, two men that would most likely earn a starting position at any other club. Even if the Sea Eagles get off to a good start the power and aggression these two bring onto the field can quickly and easily change the momentum of the game. Both men are averaging more than 100m a match and I'm expecting nothing less in this clash.

For Manly Perrett and Paseka just don't deliver that same fire power. Yeah sure, Perrett has had a couple of power house runs and Paseka is still in the early days of his career. But this two need to make fire with fire when they take to the field. Neither player has played massive minutes this season and this match short of an injury will be no different. So in that limited time the Sea Eagles will be hopeful of a big effort from these 2 man mountains in what may just be the game changing difference.

Prediction

Get out a recording of last years matches Manly fans because this one wont be pretty. Any game now the shackles are going to come off the Roosters big men and once those offloads start the tries wont stop. If Manly defend like they have recently I'm expecting that game to be today and if it does the margin will be mega.
Roosters 20+

Boom

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