The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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This game has the makings to be a high scoring affair yet remain very close on the scoreboard. The much bigger Roosters forwards will be looking to play up the middle all game and then kick to the wingers to score tries, which has been a common ploy for them this season. The Tigers will rely heavily upon Robbie Farah's dummy half runs, as this is where the most go forward for the Tigers will come from. The Tigers will possibly opt to run on the last instead of kick when close to the Roosters line, and they'll have hard running Tuiaki and back rower Ben Te'o running at the Roosters backs as often as possible. The Roosters defence is ranked 3rd this season, and will need to be at it's best to keep out a very crafty and offence oriented Tigers outfit. The Tigers defence is less than impressive, moreso with Payten and Fulton missing from the forward pack. The Roosters side that thumped the Warriors last week has remained intact for this game. For the Tigers, the injured Liam Fulton has been replaced by Bronson Harrison on the bench, who has just come back from injury. The Roosters have won half their home games this year and the Tigers have won 3 of their 5 away games. This will be a tight contest and could go either way. Roosters by 4
SYDNEY ROOSTERS: 1. Amos Roberts 2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 3. Mitchell Aubusson 4. Sia Soliola 5. Sam Perrett 6. Braith Anasta 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Mark O'Meley 9. Riley Brown 10. Nate Myles 11. Willie Mason 12. Setaimata Sa 13. Craig Fitzgibbon (c) Interchange: 14. Lopini Paea 15. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 16. Anthony Tupou 17. James Aubusson
WESTS TIGERS: 1. Brett Hodgson (c) 2. Taniela Tuiaki 3. Dean Collis 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Shannon McDonnell 6. Benji Marshall 7. Matthew Head 8. Bryce Gibbs 9. Robbie Farah 10. Keith Galloway 11. Ben Te'o 12. Chris Heighington 13. Dene Halatau Interchange: 14. John Morris 15. Danny Galea 16. Corey Payne 17. Bronson Harrison