Thu, May 2, 7:38pm by Rob Sheeley
Match: Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers – NRL Round 8
When/Where: 3:00pm Sunday, 5 May 2013 at Allianz Stadium
Best OZ Betting Site: www.Centrebet.com
The Roosters have crept up to be on the third line of betting at just $6 to win the 2013 premiership on the back of their impressive display against the Dragons last week. They left little doubt as to whether they were the real deal in a dominant display.
They will come into this game fresh after a nine day break between matches. They managed to make the Dragons look very ordinary on ANZAC day and the Dragons were in winning from. That looms as an ominous sign for the struggling Panthers.
The Panthers registered their first win in six weeks when they ran riot against the Eels last Monday en route to a 44-12 win. Penrith are now eleventh on the competition ladder and $251 rank outsiders for the title in 2013.
While the Panthers may have gained some confidence from the win, this week they face a totally different proposition in the Roosters.
For our free Roosters vs. Panthers betting tips, please scroll down this page.
Head to Head Odds
Roosters – $1.14
Panthers – $6.00
Roosters 1-12 – $3.30
Roosters 13+ – $1.62
Panthers 1-12 – $7.25
Panthers 13+ – $17.00
Roosters -16.5 – $1.91
Panthers +16.5 – $1.91
• Roosters have lost 4 of their last 6 against the Panthers.
• The sides have met 85 times. The Roosters have won 52, Panthers 32, 1 draw.
• Roosters have won 4 of their last 5 at Allianz Stadium.
• Panthers have lost 3 of their last 4 at Allianz Stadium.
The Roosters have named the exact same seventeen that annihilated the Dragons on ANZAC day.
1. Anthony Minichiello (c)
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Michael Jennings
4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
6. James Maloney
7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Jake Friend
10. Sam Moa
11. Mitchell Aubusson
12. Sonny Bill Williams
13. Boyd Cordner
14. Daniel Mortimer
15. Martin Kennedy
16. Aidan Guerra
17. Luke O’Donnell
The Roosters used their ANZAC day clash with the Dragons to put a huge exclamation mark on just how capable they are this season. They mean business; they boast a tough defensive unit with a plethora of attacking arsenal.
They wasted no time in establishing their dominance over the Dragons in Round 7 and the game was over before half time. It was a further sign of the way their season is developing and possibly a sign of things to come. They won the game 34-10.
In Round 6 against the Bulldogs they produced arguably their best performance of the season. The Roosters coupled their attacking prowess with flawless defence to defeat the Bulldogs 38-0.
The Roosters only blemish in recent times was a loss to the Raiders in Canberra in Round 5. After seemingly having the match won, the Roosters allowed the Raiders back into the match and lost in the dying minutes.
That match would have disappointed Roosters coach Trent Robinson given their defensive discipline in all their other recent games. That team discipline is certainly evident of late and they look poised to roll on this week.
The Panthers have named the same seventeen players that were successful over the Eels last Monday. They have added Nathan Smith to an extended bench as eighteenth man.
1. Matt Moylan
2. Travis Robinson
3. Lewis Brown
4. Dean Whare
5. David Simmons
6. Tom Humble
7. Luke Walsh
8. Sam McKendry
9. Kevin Kingston (c)
10. Tim Grant
11. Sika Manu
12. Matthew Robinson
13. Nigel Plum
14. Adam Docker
15. Mose Masoe
16. James Segeyaro
17. Clint Newton
18. Nathan Smith
The Panthers are given less chance than anyone to win the 2013 premiership. They are currently 250/1 despised outsiders. But they are coming off a thirty two point win and just one win outside the top eight.
The Panthers took on their western counterparts, the Eels, last Monday. They completely out enthused and outplayed Parramatta on their way to a 44-12 win. This was the Panthers first win since way back in Round 1.
In Round 6, the Panthers appeared to be well in the contest with the Knights for the bulk of the match. Despite having less possession than their opposition in the first half the Panthers trailed by just eight points at half time. They managed to score the only try of the second half but just couldn’t score that match winning try and went down by two points (8-6).
In Round 5, the Panthers met up with a tough Cowboys outfit in North Queensland. They could not match it with a form team led by superstar Jonathon Thurston and went down by thirty points (30-0).
Prior to that, the Panthers lost a match to the Titans (28-10) when it appeared they had more chances than their opposition but failed to execute when it mattered.
Coach Ivan Cleary will be looking for more of the same from his troops this week. Confidence can do wonders and whether or not the Panthers have gained any will be telling this week.
The only difference in the Panthers style of play last week to every other week was that they had the confidence to execute their plays well. What’s more is, they did it with aplomb.
Luke Walsh provides some real spark for the Panthers, especially with his kicking game and they will rely heavily on that in this match. Youngster Matt Moylan lived up to all the hype surrounding his precocious form and looks like he may be a great player in the making, this match will be a good test for him.
The Roosters have so many attacking options that Panthers coach Ivan Cleary would wonder where to start when planning on who to try and stop.
The Maloney/Pearce halves combination is proving a real winner and one that both players are benefitting from. Maloney in particular has taken a lead role which has meant Pearce has a lot less to do and a lot less pressure.
Michael Jennings reminded fans of his raw foot speed last game. Jennings found himself in space and literally zoomed away in the twinkling of an eye. He has stated this week that he is enjoying his footy again and boy isn’t it showing.
Sonny-Bill Williams has found all the form he gained his reputation from and his wide running combined with superb offloading ability is proving a head ache ofr opposing sides.
Veteran full back Anthony Minichello looks rejuvenated by the Roosters form and is another danger player for the Roosters. Rookie winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has developed a penchant for try scoring already and could well add to his 2013 tally in this match.
The Roosters look way too good in this game. Their solid defence will worry the Panthers out of any attacking raid and they will attack plenty themselves.
Roosters by 18
Roosters 13+ at $1.62 with Centrebet.com seems to be a reasonable bet.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall at $11 to score the first try of the match is nice odds and worth taking a punt on.
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