Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders NRL Grand Final Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Roosters set to secure back-to-back NRL premierships

Andrew Hendrie 1 Oct 2019
  • Sydney Roosters face Canberra Raiders in the NRL Grand Final on Sunday night
  • Raiders have only won one of their last 17 games against Roosters in Sydney
Roosters and Raiders clash on Sunday (PA Images)

Sydney Roosters are on the verge of becoming the first back-to-back NRL premiers since 1992/93 when they take on Canberra Raiders in the 2019 NRL Grand Final on Sunday night.

Roosters vs Raiders kicks off at 7.30pm AEST at ANZ Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction



Match Preview

If the Raiders are to deny the Roosters consecutive NRL premierships and pick up their own first piece of silverware since 1994, they will have to do something they haven’t done since 2011 - and that’s beat the reigning Grand Final winners in Sydney.

Indeed, Canberra have a terrible record against the Roosters in Sydney, winning just one of their last 17 encounters - and that came during an Origin affected round in 2011.

With the Roosters winning both of their meetings in 2019 and having all the experience of playing in last year’s Grand Final, it will take a monumental effort from the Green Machine to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s showpiece.

But that’s not to say they don’t have a chance. Far from it. Canberra have been excellent throughout the season on the back of a new-look defence, twice beating Melbourne away from home and holding on to conquer Souths in last week’s preliminary final.

They have numerous game-breakers in their ranks like Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Joey Leilua and Jack Wighton, while their English forward pack of Josh Hodgson, John Bateman and Elliott Whitehead have been instrumental to Canberra’s 2019 success.

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Ricky Stuart has named the same 17 players that got the job done against the Rabbitohs last week.

Meanwhile, the Roosters have a big inclusion back in their team as forward enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns from suspension, pushing Lindsay Collins out of the squad.

Despite missing Waerea-Hargreaves for the preliminary finals, the Roosters were still able to get the better of Melbourne in a gripping contest, prevailing 14-6 at the SCG.

The Roosters have timed their run perfectly once again, picking up steam without about a month of the regular season to go, earning a week off in the finals courtesy of a thumping win over Souths and coming into Grand Final with all of their key figures in booming form.

James Tedesco, Luke Keary and Cooper Cronk will be out to control the game from start to finish, and if that trio is firing, the Roosters have a superb chance of becoming the first team since Brisbane in 1992-93 to win back-to-back NRL premierships.

Canberra’s defence will have to be at its very best, but the Roosters have all the experience and big-game players in their ranks. That, coupled with Canberra’s poor record against them in Sydney, will make the Roosters very tough to beat on Sunday.

Match Odds

Sydney Roosters - $1.40

Canberra Raiders - $3.00


Stats

  • Raiders have only won one from their last 17 games against Roosters in Sydney
  • This will be their first clash in Sydney since 2015
  • Roosters have won their last two finals games in 2000 and 2004
  • Roosters have won five of their last eight vs Raiders, including twice in 2019

Teams

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Bailey Simonsson 15. Emre Guler 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Dunamis Lui 18. Sam Williams 19. Ryan Sutton 20. Siliva Havili 21. Sebastian Kris

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Angus Crichton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Drew Hutchison 20. Jake Friend 21. Ryan Hall

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Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders NRL Grand Final Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Roosters set to secure back-to-back NRL premierships

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