NRL Match Previews - Sydney v Wests (Round 4)

03-04-2011 03:00PM at Sydney Football Stadium

Referee: Tony Archer and Alan Shortall
Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Grant Atkins
Referee: Tim Mander

A very early test of depth for the Tigers but one that sees a number of players brought in with 1st grade experience. Such is the wisdom and foresight of coach Tim Sheens who has been around long enough to know that Rugby League is a brutal game. No better example of this brutality than Chris Lawrence's dislocated hip injury from last week. Horrible scenes. Fingers crossed for this future superstar and a speedy recovery.

The Roosters, on the other hand, have their stars in good condition. Todd Carney will benefit from the 2 games he has played since groin surgery and Jake Friend returns to the starting line up to bring cohesion back to the Bondi club. Something they have been lacking in the last fortnight. This proves the difference as Carney shows glimpses of his 2010 form in a bottler at the SFS on Sunday. A dry track and plenty of points to entertain us all in this week's (re)match of the round.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Jake Friend
My Tip: Roosters 32-24

The Teams

  Sydney Roosters               Wests Tigers 
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A. Cherrington
A. Watts
A. Guerra
S. Perrett
1. Anthony MinichielloFullback1. Wade McKinnon
2. Justin CarneyWing2. Mitch Brown
3. Mitchell AubussonCentre3. Blake Ayshford
4. Shaun Kenny-DowallCentre4. Tim Moltzen
5. Joseph LeiluaWing5. Matthew Utai
6. Todd CarneyFive Eighth6. Benji Marshall
7. Mitchell PearceHalfback7. Jacob Miller
8. Jason RylesProp8. Andrew Fifita
9. Jake FriendHooker9. Robbie Farah
10. Martin KennedyProp10. Keith Galloway
11. Braith AnastaSecond Row11. Simon Dwyer
12. Frank-Paul NuuausalaSecond Row12. Alan Schirnack
13. Nate MylesLock13. Chris Heighington
14. Jared Waerea-HargreavesInterchange14. Geoff Daniela
15. Mose MasoeInterchange15. Jason Schirnack
16. Mark RiddellInterchange16. Aaron Woods
17. Tom SymondsInterchange17. Todd Payten
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R. Lui
C. Lawrence
N. Akeripa
L. Fulton
J. Cayless
T. Tuiaki
B. Murdoch
J. Moors
G. Ellis
B. Gibbs
L. Tuqiri
N. Waters

Head to Head

2010 Finals Week 1 Sydney Football Stadium Sydney Roosters 19-15
2010 NRL - Round 8 Campbelltown Sports Stadium Sydney Roosters 12-8
2010 NRL - Round 2 Sydney Football Stadium Sydney Roosters 44-32
2009 Round 22 Sydney Football Stadium Wests Tigers 17-10
2009 Round 3 Sydney Football Stadium Wests Tigers 40-24

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