Saturday’s (22/08/2015) third NRL 2015 Round 24 match is between Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:35 local time with the game to be played at Allianz Stadium. The home team Sydney Roosters are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos.
When: 19:35 | Saturday 22/08/2015
Where: Allianz Stadium
Tip: Brisbane Broncos at $2.75
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Blake Ferguson at $13.00
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Michael Jennings 4 Blake Ferguson 5 Brendan Elliot 6 James Maloney 7 Mitchell Pearce (c) 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9 Jake Friend (c) 10 Dylan Napa 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Aidan Guerra 13 Sio Siua Taukeiaho. Interchange: 14 Jackson Hastings 15 Isaac Liu 16 Kane Evans 17 Mitchell Aubusson 18 Suaia Matagi 19 Latrell Mitchell.
1 Darius Boyd 2 Lachlan Maranta 3 Jack Reed 4 Justin Hodges (c) 5 Jordan Kahu 6 Anthony Milford 7 Ben Hunt 8 Sam Thaiday 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Adam Blair 11 Alex Glenn 12 Matt Gillett 13 Corey Parker. Interchange: 14 Jarrod Wallace 15 Mitchell Dodds 16 Joe Ofahengaue 17 Kodi Nikorima.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has dragged Sydney Roosters to their ninth successive NRL win as they survived a first half scare to prevail 28-18 over Parramatta at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
Waerea-Hargreaves’ bullocking 72nd minute try, in which he shrugged off four Parramatta defenders in a 25m run, put the home side 22-18 ahead; their first lead of the game. A late Jake Friend effort sealed the Tricolours’ victory in front of a crowd of 11,255 and created their longest winning streak in 13 years.
The win moves the Roosters into the top two on the NRL ladder for the first time since round one.
But it did not come easily, after Parramatta dominated the first half to lead 18-4 at the break and threaten one of the upsets of the season. The Roosters though found form in the second half scoring four-tries-to-none.
Tim Mannah crashed over through some soft defence in the 11th minute to open the scoring for the visitors.
The Roosters struck back four minutes later through James Maloney.
On the back of 58 per cent of possession Parramatta had the better of the rest of the half against a below-par Tricolours outfit.
The NRL’s leading tryscorer Semi Radradra scored the Eels’ second, and his 19th try in 15 games this year, in the 16th minute as they jumped out to an unexpected 12-4 lead.
A strong defensive effort from the Eels repelled a number of attacking raids from the Roosters, before the visitors went further ahead when Corey Norman streeted away.
Parramatta enjoyed a 14 point buffer at the break before the Roosters finally found gear to score two tries in five minutes after halftime.
Mitch Aubusson scored out wide from a Jared Waerea-Hargreaves long ball in the 50th minute and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck skipped over shortly after for a scoreline of 18-16 to the Eels.
Waerea-Hargreaves’ barnstorming effort put the Roosters ahead with little time left.
Roosters skipper Friend scored late to set up a minor premiership showdown with Brisbane next week.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change