Friday’s only NRL Round 6 match is between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters. The opening bounce is set to commence at 20:05 local time with the game to be played at ANZ Stadium. The home team South Sydney Rabbitohs are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters.
When: 20:05 | Friday 08/04/2016
Where: ANZ Stadium
Tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs at $1.48
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Bryson Goodwin at $11.00
Rabbitohs: 1 Greg Inglis (c) 2 Bryson Goodwin 3 Kirisome Auva’a 4 Hymel Hunt 5 Aaron Gray 6 Cody Walker 7 Luke Keary 8 George Burgess 9 Cameron McInnes 10 Sam Burgess 11 Chris Grevsmuhl 12 Kyle Turner 13 Nathan Brown Interchange: 14 Damien Cook 15 Jason Clark 16 David Tyrrell 17 Thomas Burgess 18 Paul Carter 19 Michael Oldfield.
Roosters: 1 Latrell Mitchell 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Brendan Elliot 4 Blake Ferguson 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6 Jayden Nikorima 7 Jackson Hastings 8 Sam Moa 9 Jake Friend (c) 10 Dylan Napa 11 Mitchell Aubusson 12 Aidan Guerra 13 Sio Siua Taukeiaho Interchange: 14 Isaac Liu 15 Kane Evans 16 Mitchell Frei 17 Eloni Vunakece 24 Abraham Papalii.
It’s the losing streak the Sydney Roosters needed to have.
It might be an unpopular opinion amongst the Tricolours faithful and fly in the face of the sustained success the club has enjoyed during coach Trent Robinson’s tenure but hardman Sam Moa believes their 0-5 start to the NRL season will only serve them well in the longterm.
The Roosters, dead last and the only side on zero points after five rounds, are facing their worst start since their winless 1966 season and the prospect of their finals hopes being snuffed out before the representative period.
After enjoying three straight minor premiers and a premiership win since Robinson took over in 2013, it has been a hard landing for the eastern suburbs club.
Because of suspension and key departures, control of the side has been handed over to the likes of 18-year-old Latrell Mitchell, 20-year-old Jackson Hastings, and Jayden Nikorima, 19, who have endured a steep learning curve.
Moa said the side had at times been embarrassed by their performances over the first five weeks but was adamant the hardship would forge them into better players.
“We’ve been on the other end. But that’s football – you win some games in a row and you lose a few,” Moa said.
“Unfortunately we’re going through (a losing) period now. We’ve got a lot of players who are relatively young in their careers and it’s going to do them a world of good.
“It’s hopefully going to make us as a playing group a lot tougher, having to get through these rough patches.
“Once we get a few wins, everyone will start to get off our backs but more so for ourselves to get the confidence up.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change