The last week would’ve been tough on the Sydney Roosters. They came agonisingly close to beating Melbourne on Saturday night but the Storm’s win effectively seals the Minor Premiership. Their chances weren’t helped by a controversial penalty try decision but they need to turn their focus quickly onto sealing a top four finish.
The Wests Tigers managed to seal a memorable win over Manly at their spiritual home, Leichhardt Oval. It is hard to imagine that they would’ve been able to take the two points from the Sea Eagles without the backing of the Leichhardt faithful. They will be out to prove that last week’s victory came because of the quality on the pitch, rather than simply the atmopshere if it was played in front of.
2017 – Rd 14 Sydney Roosters 40 def. Wests Tigers 18 at Campbelltown Stadium.
2016 – Rd 13 Sydney Roosters 32 def. Wests Tigers 18 at Allianz Stadium.
2015 – Rd 20 Sydney Roosters 33 def. Wests Tigers 8 at ANZ Stadium
2015 – Rd 9 Sydney Roosters 36 def. Wests Tigers 4 at Allianz Stadium.
2014 – Rd 23 Sydney Roosters 48 def. Wests Tigers 4 at Leichhardt Oval.
Wests Tigers fans must pray at the beginning of the season that they aren’t drawn to face the Roosters twice. The Tricolours are undoubtedly one of the Tigers’ bogey sides, something which is reflected in their recent meetings.
In fairness, many of the NRL’s teams have struggled against a Roosters side who won three Minor Premierships in a row prior to last season. But the Tigers have only taken the points from eight of the 29 meetings between the teams including losing the last five on the bounce.
The Facts That Matter
The home side cannot afford to be complacent. The Newcastle Knights have shown that any team on their day can come away with the victory.
Despite the great form of Connor Watson at fullback, the Roosters will be buoyed by the return of Michael Gordon. This will add even more danger to an attack that has comprehensively outscored the Tigers all season.
Only two players in the Wests Tigers team remain from their last victory over the Roosters, which came all the way back in 2011. Aaron Woods and Chris Lawrence will be amongst the most keen to end a nine-game losing streak against their opposition, which has totalled at an aggregate score of 361-120.
All the facts point to a heavy defeat on Saturday night for the joint-venture club. They are lower on the ladder and have conceded over 30 points in each of the last nine games.
However, very few pundits gave them a chance against the Sea Eagles last week and the threat of the wooden spoon does wonders. Newcastle are breathing heavily down their neck and this group of players won’t want to bring the spoon to the club for the first time in its history.
In addition, this is James Tedesco’s last game against the Roosters before he moves there for the 2018 season, so he will be looking to impress in this clash.
All the facts and stats lead towards a comfortable Roosters victory and its impossible to argue with such one-sided numbers. The Tigers will put in plenty of effort but there will be too much class for them to handle. Roosters by 20.
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