The Roosters get the chance to return to the winners circle when they head to Newcastle on Friday night.
After starting the season in sensational style off the back of four straight wins, Sydney Roosters now find themselves at 4-2 after consecutive losses and go into this off a 24-point hiding at the hands of the Broncos.
Newcastle were competitive again last week but couldn’t produce the goods when needed to fall 22-12 to Canterbury.
SYDNEY ROOSTERS were the talk of the town after the opening month of the NRL with their high-powered offense the main talking point.
Since then they have lost to Manly and Brisbane with their attack going AWOL while their defence has leaked way too many points. In the past two games, Sydney Roosters have scored 20 points while conceded 50.
The Roosters were overrun by Brisbane last week to the tune of 527 metres and with 52 missed tackles, it’s no wonder they were no match the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
There’s no doubt that Newcastle are a much tougher opponent this year than they were in 2016.
The Knights have been brave in four of their five defeats with their average losing margin being just 12.2 points which is considerably better than the 33.3 they were losing by last season.
That said they’ve had opportunities in recent weeks to snare another win but haven’t been able to do the job. That is going to be a big problem for them because although they’ve got the guts to compete against most sides, they are missing a few players with class and that is the difference between them winning and losing.
This fixture has not been kind to Newcastle with just one win since 2011.
Of the Roosters’ six wins during this period, the worrying stat for the Knights is that they’ve been beaten by an average margin of 21.83ppg.
You have to go the short but sweet approach here with the Sydney Roosters.
Although they were plain last week and are coming into this off two straight losses, the quality of the opposition with the greatest of respect to Newcastle has been far harder than what they face here.
They should appreciate this assignment and will benefit for having Blake Ferguson back in the line-up with a game under his belt. The only concern is Dylan Napa who is out with an ankle injury.
Speaking of injuries, that is something coach Nathan Brown can ill-afford and he has a few starters on the sidelines at the moment which is sure to stretch the depth of their squad.
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