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One looks certain to win?one looks certain to lose?but both of the Sydney Roosters? lower grade sides have vowed to leave nothing in the tank in their quests to defend their 2004 titles.
While Premier League appear to be certainties against an inconsistent Raiders outfit before Saturday night?s blockbuster first grade showdown between Wests and the Dragons at Aussie Stadium, few fans give the club?s Jersey Flegg side any hope of toppling the red-hot Dragons at Leichardt Oval on Friday night (6pm).
?It?s probably a good position to be in,? Flegg coach Jim Dymock says.
?No one except the club thinks we can do it.
?All the pressure is on the Dragons ? there?d be nothing worse than being the best side all year and not making the grand final.?
The last time the two sides met the Dragons steamrolled the Roosters 41-0.
It?s a loss that Dymock is adamant the side can avenge.
?We matched it with them during the opening of that game, so we can take confidence from that,? says Dymock.
?That loss turned our season around towards the back half of the year ? made us realise we weren?t as good as we thought we were.
?We?ll give it everything this week ? the Dragons will have to play their best to beat us.?
For Premier League, having a fortnight off after thrashing the Bulldogs in week one has been crucial in overcoming a few niggling injuries.
?Once we finished in that top two, we knew how important getting that week off would be,? says Nigel Plum, the Roosters? Premier League player of the year.
?One thing it has done is made us hungrier to get out there this week.
?The boys are just enjoying their footy at the moment, so it was a bit weird not having a game on the weekend.
?But we?re rested up and looking forward to a good battle with the Raiders on Saturday.
?They won?t be easy.?
Unfortunately, unless you have tickets to Saturday night?s Dragons-Tigers final, there is no way of supporting the Roosters? Premier League outfit beforehand due to the first grade fixture being a sell-out.
But make sure you get out to Leichardt Oval on Friday night (6pm) to support the future of your club in Jersey Flegg, as they seek to defend the title they won so emphatically last year.
JERSEY FLEGG SIDE 1. Shaun Foley 2. McKonkie Tauasa 3. Troy Savage 4. Jeremy Gordon 5. Pierce Sapsford 6. Scott Porter 7. James Aubusson 8. Danny Williams 9. Luke Gordon (capt) 10. James Shillington 11. Michael Burns 12. Grant Millington 13. Pee Wee Moke
Coach: Jim Dymock
PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE 1. Aidan Kirk 2. Troy Malcolm 3. Lelea Paea 4. Sam Perrett 5. Michael Lett 6. Jamie Soward 7. Grant Rovelli (capt) 8. David Shillington 9. Heath L'Estrange 10. Mickey Paea 11. Shane Shackleton 12. Nigel Plum 13. Stuart Webb
Coach: Shane Flanagan