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Preview: Warriors v Roosters

The Warriors have had it all over the Roosters in recent seasons, winning six and drawing one of the last eight matches between the clubs.
Preview: Warriors v Roosters
by NRL

The Warriors have had it all over the Roosters in recent seasons, winning six and drawing one of the last eight matches between the clubs.

But they will need to be at their best come Saturday night when they meet a Roosters side in superb form following their comprehensive win over the Wests Tigers last Sunday. The Tigers threw everything at the Roosters but could manage only a single try. It was a defensive effort that had coach Brian Smith believing that his team could challenge for the premiership again in 2011.

After coach Ivan Cleary wielded the axe following three successive defeats, the Warriors bounced back with a breakthrough win over Cronulla at Taupo last Sunday and they will be hoping the victory will create some much-needed momentum.

New fullback Glen Fisiiahi starred in his second game in the top grade, displaying blistering speed to claim two tries and show-casing his undoubted potential.

Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall bounced back to top form against the Tigers, a fortnight after coach Smith hauled him from the field against Manly. Voted the best centre in the world in 2010, Kenny-Dowall has claimed four tries from his past three games and should prove a handful for the Warriors' defence.

Consider a Warriors penalty goal as First Scoring Play and look to the Warriors/Roosters or Roosters/Warriors outcomes in Half/Full Double betting.

Best chances for First Tryscorer include Glen Fisiiahi, Krisnan Inu or Bill Tupou for the Warriors or Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Joseph Leilua or Anthony Minichiello for the Roosters.

NZ Warriors v Sydney Roosters
Mt Smart Stadium
Saturday night 7.30pm (NZ), 5.30pm (AEST)

New Zealand Warriors
1 Glen Fisiiahi , 2 Bill Tupou, 3 Shaun Berrigan, 4 Simon Mannering [c], 5 Krisnan Inu, 6 Feleti Mateo , 7 James Maloney, 8 Sam Rapira, 9 Aaron Heremaia, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Lewis Brown, 12 Ukuma Ta'al , 13 Michael Luck. Subs: 14 Kevin Locke, 15 Jeremy Latimore, 16 Ben Matulino, 17 Elijah Taylor, 18 Matt Robinson (one to be omitted).

Sydney Roosters
1 Anthony Minichiello, 2 Justin Carney, 3 Mitchell Aubusson, 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5 Joseph Leilua, 6 Todd Carney, 7 Mitchell Pearce, 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9 Jake Friend, 10 Martin Kennedy, 11 Braith Anasta, 12 Tom Symonds, 13 Nate Myles. Subs: 14 Jason Ryles, 15 Mose Masoe, 16 Mark Riddell, 17 Frank Paul Nuuausala, 18 Daniel Conn, 19 Tinirau Arona, 20 Phil Graham (three to be omitted).

Prediction:
Matthew O'Neill: Roosters by 20

OVERALL:
Total Games: 26
New Zealand Warriors wins: 15. [Pts: 516]
Sydney Roosters wins: 10. [Pts: 626]
Draws: 1

Biggest wins:
New Zealand Warriors: 26 pts: 2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sun: Warriors 42 d. Roosters 16 [Crowd: 12711]
Sydney Roosters: 52 pts: 2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun May 30: Roosters 58 d. Warriors 6 [Crowd: 10078]

Biggest Crowd: 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership - Grand Final - [View] Sun Oct 6: Roosters 30 d. Warriors 8 [Crowd: 80130]

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