Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks
Sydney Football Stadium, 7:30pm.
Roosters $1.58, Sharks $2.40 (Luxbet)
Roosters: Anthony Minichiello, Sam Perrett, Joseph ‘BJ’ Leilua, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Phil Graham, Braith Anasta (c), Mitchell Pearce, Jason Ryles, Jake Friend, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Brad Takairangi, Aidan Guerra, Boyd Cordner. Interchaneg (from): Anthony Mitchell, Mose Masoe, Tinirau Arona, Lama Tasi, Tom Symonds
Sharks: Nathan Gardner, Isaac Gordon, Matthew Wright, Colin Best, Nathan Stapleton, Wade Graham, Chad Townsend, Kade Snowden, John Morris, Luke Douglas, Jeremy Smith, Sam Tagataese, Paul Gallen (c). Interchange (from): Anthony Tupou, Johnny Mannah, Paul Aiton, Tyson Frizell, Josh Cordoba
IT WASN’T LOOKING GOOD for the Roosters before last week’s match against the Dragons. They had lost Todd Carney and Nate Myles to club suspensions and it appeared to be all set up for an easy slaughter for the Dragons. But, amazingly enough, the Roosters pulled one out of the bag and recorded a pretty big upset. So where does that performance place them for this week’s clash against the Sharks? Was it a one off or have they put their demons behind them for 2011? Or did they simply encounter the Dragons at the right time? The bookies seem pretty confident they can do away with Paul Gallen’s Sharks posting them at around the $1.53-$1.58 mark.
The Sharks put in a fairly standard performance last week and now that they are well and truly out of finals contention, it’s hard to see where they can draw their motivation from.
Mike’s Best Bet: None
Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $2641.37
(Team lists sourced from nrl.com.au)