Sydney Roosters Vs Manly Sea Eagles
31 March 2017, 6pm (AEDST)
Allianz Stadium

Sydney Roosters 4-0-0

The resurgence of the Roosters continues with their 4th straight win to kick off the 2017 season and it gives them their best start to a season since 1996. A dominate performance from start to finish, with L. Mitchell scoring in the 5th minute and M. Gordon having a field day scoring a try and a personal tally of 12 for the game. Just an all round team effort that never relented on a South Sydney team that had a real dig, but couldn’t compete with 52% possession and highlighted by their only try in the 50th minute. The Roosters were a much better disciplined team only conceding 6 penalties to last weeks 9 and reduced their errors by 4 to 10. This week they will have to reduce their missed tackles, 38, if they want to keep their winning streak alive vs Manly, who can break tackles and offload to their backs.

Manly Sea Eagles 2-0-2

The Million dollar man (D.C-Evans) stood tall and guided his team to a resounding 36-0 score over a lacklustre Bulldogs outfit. DCE had an amazing 4 try assist, 20 tackles, 10 runs for 65m, that’s what they need from him week in week out, as they are starting to find their rhythm. He wasn’t alone, but everything did stem from his plays, with T. Trbojevic keeping his name on the tip of Blues selectors running for 199m, 2 Line Breaks and a try. His brother J. Trbojevic also is in contention and with performances like last week, 24 tackles, 4 offloads and 9 runs for 99m, you would think he isn’t too far away. With the return of M. Taupau, 179m with 5 offloads, the other forwards also seemed to lift, he has been missed and will need to be at his best for this week.

Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)

Sydney Roosters

J. Friend pulls on his boots this week returning from a facial injury, this forces P. Carter back to the bench.
B. Ferguson has been named once again on the extended bench. He is still battling a rib injury, that is tricky to gain your confidence back from. If he is fit, expect J. Manu to drop off the team.
Rest of the team is unchanged.

Manly Sea Eagles

Named 1-17 and expected to be unchanged as Manly are finding some form.

Their last 5 game report card: Roosters 2 wins, 0 at Allianz, Manly 3 wins, 2 at Allianz
2016 – Round 4 – Manly won by 2 at Allianz stadium
2015 – Round 25 – Roosters won by 36 at Lotto land
2014 – Round 16 – Manly won by 8 at Lotto land
2014 – Round 4 – Manly won by 8 at Lotto land
2013 – Round 30 – Roosters won by 8 at ANZ stadium

What we take from this?
This will be the first test in 2 weeks for a Manly after they faced a Cowboys outfit with no go forward and a dismal Bulldogs team. We aren’t sold on this Manly outfit just yet, with the Eels and Souths really showing their weaknesses.
This Manly team is vastly different from their previous years teams, this was taken into account with the 5 game averages,
With Two days extra rest for the Roosters, we believe they will continue on their trend of coming out of the sheds with spiders on them and lay some tries on Manly.
First Half statistics for Sydney Roosters:
Their attack has scored: 28,16,10,14. (rounds 1-4)
They have held teams too scores of: 0,8,8,0. (rounds 1-4)

1st half – First half Line – Roosters -3.5 $1.90 (William Hill)

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