NRL Round 23 – Match 2 Preview & Tips: Cronulla Sharks v Sydney Roosters

The in-form Roosters look to have one of the easiest games of the round when they travel down to Toyota Stadium to play the listless Sharks on Friday night.

Sydney have been the form team of the past couple of months winning five on the trot until their narrow loss to the Dragons in an SCG thriller last weekend.

Their recent string of success has seen the Chooks jump right up to number three on the ladder and they are keen to stay put and secure a top four if not top two finish by the end of the season.

Cronulla, on the other hand, look like the only thing saving them from a Wooden Spoon finish is the Storm. Having lost six in a row, the Sharks are down in 15th spot and seemingly present little to no threat here.

That is until you look at the last time these two met.

In one of the shock results of the year, back in Round 13 Cronulla handed the Roosters an embarrassing 42 – 18 loss.

This proved the turning point for the Chooks season, however, and they will be seeking revenge here so look out Sharks.

It is little wonder why the Roosters are the hot $1.34 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au compared the Sharks at $3.25.

But it is a short turnaround for the Chooks who could fade in the second half and Cronulla have flogged them before so there will still be a few brave Shark fans taking their juicy odds!

Aside from last week, Sydney have scored 30+ points in their other three games this month, while Cronulla are scoring on average approx. 16 points a game over the last two months.

Because of this and the hiding they received last time we expect the Chooks to rise to new heights and run riot at Shark Park and win by a big margin – check our footy tip of the match below.

Having played the best last week Sydney will enjoy playing the worst this week and should win easily gearing up for their hard run home as they play the Titans and Sea Eagles over the next fortnight.

Also look for Anthony Minichiello to be on the attack as he seeks his 100th NRL try.

Footy Tip of the Match – Roosters to win by 19+ points at $3.25 through Ladbrokes.com.au

NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:

The Roosters are outscoring the Sharks by double over the last month or so. Looking at this and the fact that Sydney will be seeking revenge for an embarrassing encounter back in Round 13, we are betting on the Chooks to win 19+ points at $3.25 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Current Head-to-Head Odds:

Sharks $3.25 – Roosters $1.34 Ladbrokes.com.au

Round 23 Sharks Team:

1. Nathan Gardner 2. Blake Ferguson 3. Dean Collis 4. Ben Pomeroy 5. Luke Covell 6. Trent Barrett 7. Tim Smith 8. Kade Snowden 9. John Morris 10. Luke Douglas 11. Grant Millington 12. Anthony Tupou 13. Paul Gallen

Bench: 14. Josh Cordoba 15. Broderick Wright 16. Paul Aiton 17. Taulima Tautai

Round 23 Roosters Team:

1. Anthony Minichiello 2. Phil Graham 3. Mitchell Aubusson 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Sam Perrett 6. Todd Carney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jason Ryles 9. Jake Friend 10. Daniel Conn 11. Frank Paul Nuuausala 12. Nate Myles 13. Braith Anasta

Bench: 14. Martin Kennedy 15. Mose Masoe 16. Lopini Paea 17. Nick Kouparitsas