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Preview: Roosters v Sharks

The Roosters put their troubles aside to record one of their best performances of the season against the Dragons last Sunday and they will take the field against Cronulla this week with almost the same combination.
Preview: Roosters v Sharks
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The Roosters put their troubles aside to record one of their best performances of the season against the Dragons last Sunday and they will take the field against Cronulla this week with almost the same combination.

The only difference is in the centres where Kiwi Test star Shaun Kenny-Dowall returns from a groin injury for grand final team-mate Kane Linnett.

The Roosters displayed rare determination to claim the two competition points at WIN Stadium and the combination of captain Braith Anasta and Mitchell Pearce in the halves was pivotal to the victory.

They should be far too experienced for Cronulla pair Chad Townsend and Wade Graham this week as their team goes in search of back-to-back victories for the first time in 2011.

Cronulla have fallen to five successive victories and it is clear that inspirational skipper Paul Gallen is playing at well below 100 percent capacity at present.

The Sharks have won their last three games against the Roosters including a decisive 18-4 victory at Toyota Stadium in Round 10.

Take a Roosters try as First Scoring Play and look for the home side to win by 13+ points.

Candidates for First Tryscorer include Sam Perrett, Joseph Leilua and Phil Graham for the Roosters or Nathan Gardner or Nathan Stapleton for Cronulla.

Sydney Roosters v Cronulla
Sydney Football Stadium
Saturday night 7.30pm


Sydney Roosters
1 Anthony Minichiello, 2 Sam Perrett, 3 Joseph Leilua, 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5 Phil Graham, 6 Braith Anasta [c], 7 Mitchell Pearce, 8 Jason Ryles, 9 Jake Friend, 10 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 11 Brad Takairangi, 12 Aidan Guerra, 13 Boyd Cordner. Subs: 14 Anthony Mitchell, 15 Mose Masoe, 16 Tinirau Arona, 17 Lama Tasi, 18 Tom Symonds (one to be omitted).

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
1 Nathan Gardner, 2 Isaac Gordon, 3 Matthew Wright, 4 Colin Best, 5 Nathan Stapleton, 6 Wade Graham, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Kade Snowden, 9 John Morris, 10 Luke Douglas, 11 Jeremy Smith, 12 Sam Tagataese, 13 Paul Gallen [c]. Subs: 14 Anthony Tupou, 15 Johnny Mannah, 16 Paul Aiton, 17 Tyson Frizell, 18 Josh Cordoba (one to be omitted).

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Roosters by 12

OVERALL:
Total Games: 80
Sydney Roosters wins: 52. [Pts: 1501]
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks wins: 27. [Pts: 1313]
Draws: 1

Biggest wins:
Sydney Roosters: 35 pts: 1980 J J Giltinan Shield and WD HO Wills Cup - Round 19 - [View] Sat Aug 9: Easts 35 d. Sharks 0 [Crowd: 6804]
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 34 pts: 1991 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Round 18 - [View] Sun Jul 28: Sharks 48 d. Easts 14 [Crowd: 7071]

Biggest Crowd: 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership - Qualifying Finals - [View] Fri Sep 13: Roosters 32 d. Sharks 20 [Crowd: 25366]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Sydney Roosters: LLWLLWWLWWWDLLWLWWLWWLLLWWWLWWLLWWWWWLLWWWWWLWWLLL
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: WWLWWLLWLLLDWWLWLLWLLWWWLLLWLLWWLLLLLWWLLLLLWLLWWW

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Sun: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18 d. Sydney Roosters 4 [Crowd: 14459]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Fri: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18 d. Sydney Roosters 12 [Crowd: 8911]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 18 l. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 42 [Crowd: 7934]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 19 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 [Crowd: 7472]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 l. Sydney Roosters 19 [Crowd: 9879]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Fri: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20 d. Sydney Roosters 0 [Crowd: 10013]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 23 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 [Crowd: 8421]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sat: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 l. Sydney Roosters 13 [Crowd: 11193]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: Roosters 38 d. Sharks 32 [Crowd: 9241]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sat: Sharks 24 l. Roosters 28 [Crowd: 12331]

Overall record at Sydney Football Stadium, Driver Ave, Moore Park, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Sydney Roosters: 284 games, won 163, drawn 6, lost 115.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 32 d. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sun: Sydney Roosters 34 d. Penrith Panthers 26
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 13 d. New Zealand Warriors 6
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sun: Sydney Roosters 12 d. Newcastle Knights 10
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Mon: Sydney Roosters 10 l. St George Illawarra Dragons 24

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 44 games, won 21, drawn 1, lost 22.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 18 l. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 42
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 19 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 3 - [View] Fri: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0 l. Melbourne Storm 28
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 23 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: Roosters 38 d. Sharks 32

Head to Head at Sydney Football Stadium, Driver Ave, Moore Park, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 18
Sydney Roosters wins: 11. [Pts: 364]
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks wins: 7. [Pts: 366]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 18 l. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 42 [Crowd: 7934]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 19 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 [Crowd: 7472]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat: Sydney Roosters 23 d. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 [Crowd: 8421]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: Roosters 38 d. Sharks 32 [Crowd: 9241]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Sat: Roosters 14 d. Sharks 8 [Crowd: 7842]

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