NRL Round 13 – Match 4 Preview: Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks

On Saturday night the rising Roosters have a nice home game against the inferior Sharks at Sydney Football Stadium.

Despite a fairly hit and miss season so far, Sydney have managed to work their way up into the seventh spot on the ladder after their Round 12 victory ahead of the Gold Coast Titans.

Meanwhile Cronulla continue to linger at the bottom of the ladder having won only three from 11 for 2010, suffering another loss last week when beaten 20 – 4 by the steadily improving Broncos.

This is the first time these two have played this season, and it should be an easy win for the Roosters brimming with confidence after last week and the return of the talented Mitchell Pearce. The bookies think so too and Ladbrokes.com.au have Sydney as the short priced $1.36 favourites, while only the most loyal of Shark fans would back them at $3.20 here.

If you are inclined to bet on the juicy priced underdogs then here is one consolation for you, the Roosters haven’t been able to post two consecutive wins since the opening two matches so on this theory they won’t back up with another after last week. But footy isn’t won or lost on paper or stats it is won on the field – be warned!

Cronulla are losing matches, losing confidence, losing their head coach and have their CEO on the way out too. They look set for a thrashing, especially if the Chooks bring the same strength they did against the Gold Coast.

The Roosters have plenty of players who can score points and they showed this in Round 12, and with a forward pack full of talent like Frank Paul Nuuausala, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Nate Myles making his 100th first grade appearance this week, they look hard to beat.

Current Head-to-Head Odds: Roosters $1.36 – Sharks $3.20 Ladbrokes.com.au

Round 13 Roosters Team:

1. Todd Carney 2. Anthony Minichiello 3. Phill Graham 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Sam Perrett 6. Braith Anasta (c) 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jason Ryles 9. Jake Friend 10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 11. Mitchell Aubusson 12. Nate Myles 13. Frank Paul Nuuausala

Bench: 14. Daniel Conn 15. Mose Masoe 16. Nick Kouparitsas 17. Joseph Leilua

Reserve: 189. James Aubusson

Round 13 Sharks Team:

1. Nathan Gardner 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Dean Collis 4. Taulima Tautai 5. Isaac Gordon 6. Trent Barrett (c) 7. Tim Smith 8. Kade Snowden 9. John Morris 10. Luke Douglas 11. Grant Millington 12. Anthony Tupou 13. Paul Gallen

Bench: 14. Adam Cuthbertson 15. Broderick Wright 16. Paul Aiton 17. Siosaia Vave