Both of these sides have struggled in Round 1 matches in recent years - who will emerge triumphant when the Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles clash on Saturday?
Sydney Roosters vs Manly Sea Eagles free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Sea Eagles are winless in their last seven Round 1 matches, while the Roosters haven’t tasted victory in Round 1 in three seasons…
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Roosters vs Sea Eagles Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday March 13
⏰ Time: 5.30pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: SCG
Roosters vs Sea Eagles Head to Head (last five matches)
- 21/3/20: Roosters 8-9 Sea Eagles
- 23/3/19: Sea Eagles 18-26 Roosters
- 22/7/18: Sea Eagles 24-56 Roosters
- 6/5/18: Roosters 22-20 Sea Eagles
- 6/8/17: Sea Eagles 36-18 Roosters
Roosters vs Sea Eagles Preview and Prediction
The Sea Eagles have lost their last seven Round 1 matches and the Roosters have gone down in their last three openers – which team snaps their losing run on Saturday at the SCG?
After falling just short of becoming the first club in almost 40 years to win three straight premierships, the Roosters are back for another crack at the silverware in 2021.
There was a stage midway through the season where the Roosters were playing almost flawless footy, but fatigue and injuries hit them hard towards the end of the regular season and they ultimately limped out of the finals, losing their last three games.
Captain Boyd Cordner is out for the foreseeable future due to concussion concerns, but the Roosters will once again field a team that is more than capable of challenging for another premiership, led by a world class backline that includes James Tedesco, the Morris twins and Luke Keary.
Meanwhile, Manly have already been struck down by huge injury concerns, with star fullback Tom Trbojevic set to miss the first month of the season after sustaining yet another hamstring injury.
Considering the Sea Eagles barely win when their premier No. 1 is injured, it doesn’t bode well for their chances to begin the season with some winning momentum.
Dylan Walker is the man who will replace Trbojevic at fullback, but it’s hardly the way Manly wanted to start their season.
The Sea Eagles grinded out a tough 9-8 victory when these two sides met early last season, but I can’t see Manly repeating that win here. The Roosters should be fresh and raring to go and I think they will have too much firepower at home.
Roosters vs Sea Eagles Teams
Lachlan Lam will partner Luke Keary in the halves for the Roosters, while Angus Crichton lines up on the left edge in place of Boyd Cordner. Victor Radley and Sam Verrills are both still recovering from ACL injuries.
Dylan Walker comes in for Tom Trbojevic at fullback, while Kieran Foran reunites with Daly Cherry-Evans in the Manly halves.
Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Luke Keary 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu 14. Adam Keighran 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 18. Matt Ikuvalu 19. Fletcher Baker 20. Freddy Lussick 21. Sam Walker
Sea Eagles team: 1. Dylan Walker 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Jack Gosiewski 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Tevita Funa 15. Andrew Davey 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Josh Schuster 19. Sean Keppie 20. Toafofoa Sipley 21. Morgan Harper
Roosters vs Sea Eagles Stats
- Manly have lost their last seven Round 1 matches
- Roosters have lost their last three Round 1 matches
- Roosters have won three of the last four games between the sides
- Manly haven’t played at the SCG in seven years
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