Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers Live Stream & TV Coverage NRL 2018 Full HD
Slowly but surely the Roosters are working their way up the ladder, notching their ninth win of the season with last week’s 18-16 defeat of a very stubborn Newcastle.
Trent Robinson has repeatedly acknowledged his team hasn’t reached its potential, but you get the feeling he feels more comfortable than he did four or five weeks ago.
While the Roosters still have two-thirds of the Origin period to get through, they boast one of the NRL’s best defensive records and Robinson is keeping the faith the offence will be running on all cylinders at the business end of the season.
The Panthers underlined their premiership credentials with last week’s gutsy 23-22 win over Canberra, getting out of jail with a late try and clutch kicking in the final minutes by James Maloney (sideline conversion) and Nathan Cleary (field goal).
This clash – easily the game of the round – is being played on the Roosters’ home turf, but that’s unlikely to bother the Panthers given their success on the road this season.
Key match-up: No surprises here, with a marquee match-up in the halves between Roosters duo Luke Keary and Cooper Cronk and Penrith’s James Maloney and Nathan Cleary. Maloney and Cleary form arguably the best halves combination in the NRL and it’s up to Keary and Cronk to call all the right shots for the Chooks.
For the Roosters to win: Good as they have been defending lately, the Roosters are prone to allowing the opposition dictate tempo for extended stretches of games.
They have to keep pushing the Panthers backwards and get their still suspect offensive execution right. Latrell Mitchell is fast becoming one of the game’s most damaging players and the Chooks need to get him lots of touches of the ball.