NRL Round 4: Roosters v Broncos Preview & Betting Tips

A Thursday night blockbuster – and the Broncos will be desperate to avoid their worst start in six years when they face the confident Roosters.

James Baxter
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Tue, 2 Apr, 12:00 AM

Sydney Roosters v Brisbane Broncos – Sydney Cricket Ground 7:50pm

The Roosters showed a Championship gear against the Parramatta Eels last week. The 32-18 win was hard-fought and came against an opposition who were up for the fight. The Eels twice took the second half lead but when the game was on the line, James Tedesco took control and the Chooks’ intensity couldn’t be matched.

Tedesco was in that position primarily through a mounting Roosters injury ward. Cooper Cronk and Brett Morris were both ruled out pre-game, while Jake Friend (shoulder) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (ribs) joined them during the game. That’s 1029 games of NRL experience gone, but the Roosters still found a way to lift when needed. Friend has been ruled out this week but this offers fill-in hooker Victor Radley a chance to show his utility value ahead of Origin season It’s been an impressive Roosters turnaround following their round one Souths loss, and they’ll be full of confidence against a Broncos side who will be under the spotlight after a patchy 2019 start.

Brisbane will be ruing their 25-24 loss to St George-Illawarra, especially as they had enough chances to seal a badly needed comeback win. Jamayne Isaako’s field goal miss was followed seconds later by Corey Norman’s successful field goal, followed seconds later by the full-time siren. It was a demoralising loss especially after they had been so impressive in dispatching the Cowboys round 2.

Coach Anthony Seibold wouldn’t be panicking just yet but perhaps it’s young prop Tevita Pangai Junior who has epitomised the Broncos’ 2019 start. Pangai Junior was so impressive against the Cowboys in a comfortable win, but he couldn’t back it up against the Dragons. Six missed tackles by the NSW Origin hopeful were as many as the Dragons’ starting front row combined – not the performance needed for a side with Premiership aspirations. The Broncos are at risk of equalling their worst season start since their disastrous 2013 campaign which saw them finish in their worst position in club history (12th).

 

Key stats: The Roosters have had a dominant run over Brisbane in Sydney recently – their late loss to the Broncos in 2018 was their first home loss to Brisbane since 2012. Corey Oates has scored in each of his last four matches against the Roosters. In the last six Sydney matches between these sides, the average combined points total is 28 points.

 

Tip: Roosters

Best bet: Corey Oates to score anytime - $2* (TAB)

Value bet: Roosters -1.5 and total points Under 43.5 - $2.88* (Sportsbet)

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