Fri, Apr 1, 11:54am by Kevin Pitstock
When the Roosters and Tigers fans looked at the NRL draw at the start of the season they would have been looking forward to this match more than just about any other after they went for 100 minutes in the 1st week of the finals last season. Unfortunately after 3 weeks this anticipation has somewhat fizzled.
The Roosters are struggling with form at the moment after losing to a depleted Eagles team and then to the in-form Bulldogs. On the other side of half way the Tigers are fielding a team that is well less than full strength as they are struggling to cope with a mass of injury after 3 weeks. Tigers have won 2 on the trot and Benji is playing well, but they can only hold on for so long and they were quite fortunate that the Raiders played so poorly.
The Roosters have a winning record over the Tigers with the history showing 11 wins and 7 losses. At the SFS the Roosters are up 6-3 which is a good amount of wins against a team that has done well for itself since amalgamation. The Roosters won all 3 matches between the 2 in 2010 but the Tigers did cause an upset in the trials this year.
The Roosters have continued to disappoint their supporters this year as they lost 24-20 to the Bulldogs at ANZ stadium last Sunday. The match went down to the wire with teh Roosters having a lot of the ball and good field position in the last 15 minutes, but they were down to 12 men for the last 10 minutes due to Sam Perret fracturing his ankle and not having any substations left. This could have easily gone the way of the Roosters but it wasn’t meant to be.
They may have only won 1 match this year, but they have played well in 2 of these. Todd Carney has not had much of an impact this year, he is coming back from injury but he needs to do something if the Roosters want to start walking away with the points. The Bounce Back Factor will have a part to play in this one.
The Tigers win against the Raiders was very costly as a result of injuries. Their entire left edge was decimated when Lote Tuqiri and Chris Lawrence were escorted from the field. Tuqiri has a fractured arm and at this stage won’t see the pitch until Round 11, Lawrence’s hip cartilage injury will keep him until Round 20, therefore missing all of Origin season.
Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah are doing enough to keep the team winning, but the player roster can only give so much and they are surely running out of reserves.
Even though the Roosters have had a very low amount of missed tackles in every match this year they have still been leaking points. Brian Smith would not be happy with this at all. The Raiders gifted the Tigers with a win at Campbelltown stadium after turning in a pathetic performance, giving their 10 point win a lot more credit than was due (Thankfully Blake Ferguson stopped the 13+ from happening). The Injury toll to the Tigers has to start having an effect not only on the quality of players for the Tigers but also the feeling within the camp. The Roosters need to win this one and I think Brian Smith will whip them into shape once and for all. Roosters 13+
Roosters are the favourite in this one and are paying fairly even odds everywhere at just Under $1.50. The best odds are paying $1.48 through “The Footy Show” sponsors Centrebet. For the 13+ Margin the best odds are also through Centrebet and this is paying $2.73
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