Last-start victors the Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers look to continue their winning momentum when they collide in NRL Round 3 action on Saturday.
Panthers and Roosters kick off at 5.30pm AEDT at Pepper Stadium. Live streaming is available via bet365 (geo restrictions apply for Australian and NZ residents).
Preview and Tips
One of just four teams to remain unbeaten over the opening two rounds of the 2017 NRL season, the Sydney Roosters look to make it three wins from three when they face a seemingly resurgent Panthers outfit in the second game on Super Saturday out west at Pepper Stadium.
Hoping to rebound from a disastrous campaign in 2016, the Roosters have justified their tag as one of the premiership favourites in 2017, winning their first two matches fairly comfortably.
Trent Robinson’s team raced out to a 28-0 first half lead against the Titans and were never threatened, and after conceding an early 8-0 deficit against the Bulldogs last week, they were always in control after seizing the initiative midway through the opening half.
Luke Keary is an early contender for the signing of the season, and he is slotting in perfectly to the Roosters’ brand of football and the manner in which Mitchell Pearce controls the side at halfback.
Keary scored two tries in the Titans win and was instrumental in plotting the demise of the Bulldogs last week, coming up with three try-assists.
Meanwhile, the Panthers bounced back in menacing fashion against the Tigers just one week after having 40 points put on them by the Dragons.
Penrith looked a completely different team, firing 38 points past the hapless Tigers in what was a fearsome attacking display, while their defence was also on song, conceding just two points to a team that demolished the Rabbitohs a week before.
The Panthers have produced two performances of deep contrast over the first fortnight of competition - and no doubt, they will have to be as professional and clinical as ever in order to topple the Roosters.
These sides have split their last 10 meetings at five wins apiece, but it was Penrith who won both matches in 2016. Potentially, if both sides play their best, this could be the match of the round. I’m leaning the Roosters in a tight one.
- Panthers won both games against Roosters last season
- Teams have split last 10 games at five wins each
- Roosters won two of last three at Pepper Stadium
Penrith are unchanged from last week, while Joseph Manu comes into the centres in place of the injured Blake Ferguson for the Roosters.
Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Dean Whare 3. Waqa Blake 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Dylan Edwards 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Wallace 10. Regan Campbell-Gillard 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin 14. James Fisher-Harris 15. Leilani Latu 16. Viliame Kikau 17. Sitaleki Akauola 18. Moses Leota 19. Tim Browne 20. Peta Hiku 21. Dallin Watene Zelezniak
Roosters: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Aidan Guerra 14. Isaac Liu 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Ryan Matterson 17. Connor Watson 18. Chris Smith 19. Paul Carter 20. Lindsay Collins 22. Mitchell Cornish
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