Sydney Roosters Women (@1.4) vs NZ Warriors Women (@2.87)

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Sydney Roosters Women will win

Sydney Roosters Women – NZ Warriors Women Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 01:05

They need to get some consistent game time into Jared Waerea-Hargreaves heading into the finals. Last week they played to a level where you go, Wow, theyre good and they can make the eight. But the key for them is consistency. It will be interesting to see if they get carried away with themselves after last week. The Roosters will challenge you in the middle and run and play at a high pace. For the Warriors, it is their season on the line.

RTS has been in excellent form this season and his battle with Tedesco should be a ripper. Key match-up: He won a premiership with the Roosters and would love to be the man to lead the Warriors to the club's first premiership. James Tedesco is the Roosters' fullback these days and is part of a grand plan to bring another premiership to the club. But before he thinks about titles, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has a game to win against his former team on Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium.

Sam Cook and Anthony Gelling were trimmed from the squad an hour before kick-off. Interchange: 11 Simon Mannering, 15 Sam Lisone, 17 James Gavet, 20 Jazz TevagaA blow for the Warriors with Issac Luke (shoulder) withdrawing on Friday afternoon, opening the door for Karl Lawton to start at hooker. Mason Lino will man the halfback spot in place of Shaun Johnson (ankle). Simon Mannering has been dropped to the interchange bench, with Isaiah Papali'i given the nod to start.

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Jillaroo and Kiwi Ferns players will be allocated 10 points, 8 points for State of Origin players, 4 points for playing in the Prime Ministers XIII, and 3 points for playing in the National Championships. Each of the four teams will be allowed to sign 22 players, all of which will be allocated points based on their highest achievement. This new rules allows for a more even competition, and encourages the signings of up and coming players. These points only apply if players were selected for that representative team in 2018 or 2019, and each team will have to be between 120 and 160 points. This year has seen some significant changes to rules regarding recruitment, with the introduction of a cap system.

The Warriors were a side most had tipped to languish at the bottom of the table in 2018, so Kearney has done a remarkable job to get them firing so early in the season. So good in fact, they find themselves as one of only two sides still unbeaten after three rounds. This is the first time in their 23 year history that the Warriors have opened the season with three consecutive wins and theyll be looking to achieve a historic fourth when they face a resurgent Sydney Roosters on Saturday.

Another trip back across the ditch must surely take its toll and gives the Roosters a slight edge in this one. If there is one black mark against the Warriors, its the number of frequent flyer points they have already amassed in 2018. Prior to this weeks game, the Warriors have travelled to Perth and Canberra in what has been a tough initiation to Season 2018.

The Roosters, well I'm not sure what to make of their performances in recent weeks. They have mixed wins with losses for the past seven weeks and have really struggled to find consistency in their football. Steve Turner's prediction: After a hiccup against the Storm on Anzac Day, the Warriors got back into their groove and showed everyone that they are a very good football team with an impressive win over the Tigers. You don't write off a good team, but the Warriors have so much up-side and on home soil they will be too good.

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After the opening three rounds, Tuivasa-Sheck is second in the league for run metres (542m), line breaks (4) and line breaks assists (4) and must surely fancy his chances against a re-shuffled Roosters backline. The man to benefit from this free-flowing Warriors attack has been former Rooster Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. With a full year back following a knee reconstruction, the Warriors custodian looks to be returning to the form that saw him lift a premiership trophy and win Dally M fullback of the year in 2015. Roosters fans know all too well the danger that their former number one poses he broke the Roosters hearts in their 2016 clash, scoring a length of the field try as the Warriors stole a famous Golden Point victory.

Missing much of the pre-season with a broken jaw, Keary has sparked the tricolours via expansive attacking play and some classy tries. After being rolled by the Tigers in a Round 1 upset, the Roosters have re-found their mojo and its looking ominous for the rest of the competition. The last two weeks have seen the Roosters outscore their opponents 68-20 albeit over middle of the table competition in the Bulldogs and Knights. Its no coincidence that the Roosters return to form has coincided with the return of Luke Keary.

This game looks to be the match of the round and will be tough to pick based on form alone. Two teams in fantastic recent form and two teams with pressure and expectations already mounting.

Of their past five, two games have been decided in the final minute while another two were settled during Golden Point. If history repeats, we are in for some late drama come Saturday. These two love a close game in fact, only one of their recent matches has been decided by more than a try.

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It may only be Round 4, but we already look to have our first blockbuster of Season 2018. For the Roosters, what began as a shaky start toseason 2018, has corrected itself with two comprehensive wins in recent weeks. After a dominant 38-8 shutout of the Knights last Sunday, the critics are temporarily at bay but that doesnt mean the pressure lets up.

Isaac Liu was named as the starting prop on Tuesday, but he switched with Zane Tetevano before last week's clash with the Raiders and Trent Robinson might go with the same ploy on Sunday. Roosters: Boyd Cordner's return has been delayed for at least another week after he was cut from the reserves on Saturday. The other player to drop out on Saturday was Billy Smith. Lindsay Collins and Lachlan Lam were omitted an hour before kick-off.

The entire match last week prior to the sin-binning of Adam Blair was one of the best Warriors performances Ive seen this year. And who can forget Anzac Day when they came within 1 point of the Storm without Roger Tuivasa-Sheck! Weve seen at various points this year the Warriors bring their A-game, and they are no doubt an impressive side when that happens.