Canberra get the chance to make a move up the premiership ladder this Sunday afternoon.
Fresh off a confidence-boosting win over Parramatta, Canberra get the chance to go back-to-back and for their sake begin a strong run through the middle and back end of the season.
They take on a Sydney Roosters outfit which is missing five key players due to State Of Origin commitments and following their 22-16 win over Parramatta, the Raiders will be quietly confident here.
The Sydney Roosters have won four of the past five games including a tough 24-18 win over the Bulldogs last start at ANZ Stadium.
CANBERRA were considered one of the premiership favourites at the start of the season, however, they haven’t lived up to the hype just yet.
Although they are still tight in the market across most bookies ($10 @ bet365 is best price currently), Ricky Stuart’s side haven’t been the force they were in the back end of 2016.
Last week’s win over the Eels was their first in a month and broke a three-game losing streak that featured defeats to Manly, Canterbury and the lowly Knights.
Still one of the best attacking teams in the competition (22.9ppg) their attack has dropped by nearly six points per game from what they were racking up in 2016 when they were easily the best offensive side in the league.
Currently sitting eighth on the table at 5-6, this is a golden opportunity for them to start making a move as they aren’t overly Origin affected with just Josh Papalii being called up to represent Queensland.
TEST OF CHARACTER
Trent Robinson’s side will do well to get through the Origin period and still maintain a spot in the top four.
Sitting fourth on the ladder with an 8-3 record, SYDNEY ROOSTERS are missing five players thanks to Origin commitments and that is going to test their depth in the coming weeks.
Mitchell Pearce, Blake Ferguson, Boyd Cordner, Dylana Napa and Aidan Guerra are all playing next Wednesday at Suncorp Stadium so Robinson has had to call up several players into the starting line-up including Connor Watson who replaces Pearce.
Luke Keary, who is vying for the title of ‘buy of the year’ is importantly still in the side and has been a big reason why the chooks sit so high on the table.
Incredibly 22 of the past 32 have been won by SYDNEY ROOSTERS.
The chooks have been the dominant partner in this relationship and when it comes to games at GIO Stadium it doesn’t seem to matter as they have taken seven of the past nine games.
This is a difficult one.
On their best form the Raiders ($1.46 @ William Hill) would win but they rarely shown us the type of form that propelled them all the way to the Preliminary Final last season.
Canberra has won three of their five from home and usually perform well on a Sunday afternoon.
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The Roosters will be competitive in this one though and we don’t think the Raiders will do a number on them. Expect to see the reinforcements used by Robinson to give the tricolours a genuine chance of winning.
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