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NRL grand final match-up


1-Sydney Roosters v 4-Manly, 7:15pm at ANZ Stadium
NRL grand final match-up
by AAP


Sydney Roosters v 4-Manly, 7:15pm at ANZ Stadium

Head to head: Roosters 42, Manly 79 drawn 2

Head to head in grand finals:

Manly 19-14 in 1972 (Manly's first premiership)

2013 results:

Roosters 16-4 at Brookvale Oval (round 9)

Roosters 18-12 at Allianz Stadium (round 16)

Roosters 4-0 at Allianz Stadium (qualifying final)

Injury concerns:

Roosters - Boyd Cordner (ankle), Luke O'Donnell (hamstring); Sea Eagles - nil

Key for Sea Eagles this week: Recovery. The Sea eagles have endured a brutal finals campaign, but the nine-day turnaround to the grand final will be their longest break between games since the regular season. Coach Geoff Toovey will also have to come up with a game plan to score points, especially early in games. In their three games this year, manly managed just three tries - none coming in the first half.

Key for Roosters this week: Pressure. Manly are accustomed to the hype of grand final week, while the Roosters got a taste three years ago and failed to finish the job. The Roosters have been premiership favourites for two-thirds of the season, and with question marks over the future of star back-rower Sonny Bill Williams, it may be now or never for the tri-colours. Coach Trent Robinson could also have a selection headache if Boyd Cordner and Luke O'Donnell prove their fitness.

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Should be a great Grand Final hoping the Roosters can keep up their great form and bring back the premiership, 

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