Match Preview: Holden Cup - WAR v SYD

The Sydney Rooster Under 20s will be out to make it two wins from two in 2013, when they take on two-time National Youth Competition (NYC) winners the Warriors this weekend at Eden Park.


Coming off the back of an after the siren victory over rivals South Sydney last Thursday night, thanks to a sideline conversion from Brendan Elliot, the young Tricolours will face a NZ side keen to prove that they are a title threat again this season after a poor showing against Parramatta last weekend.


Head Coach Paul Green told Roosters.com.au he was happy with last weekends performance, however its still early days and theres plenty of work to be done.


We could have played a bit better, but it was a good quality contest and what I liked was that we never gave up and got the result, Green said.


Asked whether he thought last weekends performance by the Warriors side had eased any pressure on the travelling Roosters, Green simply replied, Youve got to put last week out of your head.


Continuing on, I think it was un-characteristic performance by them [The Warriors] and we cant worry too much about that, but just worry about how we prepare.


With only one match having been played so far this season the Roosters focus is still very much on building their game plan and refining their structures under their new mentor, who reiterated that point when asked what had been worked on at training this week.


Its about building our game, at this stage. We just need to get better at those things we need to be good at and keep working hard.


With another big crowd expected, following last weekends almost full-house at Allianz Stadium, the NYC boys are experiencing a whole new atmosphere at matches so far this season and Green knows it certainly helps lift the squad but is still focused on sticking to what matters on game day.


Every time you play in front of a big crowd it adds to the atmosphere of the event. But that adds its own challenges for us, but at the same time well enjoy the experience as well and take it all in.


TEAM LISTS

Warriors (1-13): Ngata Hukatai, Tumoala Lolohea, Lafu Feagaiga, David Fusita, Viliama Lolohea, Eko Malu, Mason Lino, Vincent Afoa, Michael Sio, Sam Lisone, Ramond Faitala-Mariner, Eric Newbigging, David Bhana (c)

Interchange (14-18, 20): Viliami Kaveinga, Abraham Papali, Albert Vete, Stedman Lefau, Esera Esera, Trent Bishop


Roosters (1-13): Dallas Wells, Graeme Sua Poe, Brendan Elliot, Nene Macdonald, Jack Goodsell, Samisoni Langi, Tyler Cornish, Brandon Tago, Jason Antonelli, Jokatama Dokonivalu, Jack Siejka, Rhysa Martin (c) John Asiata

Intercharge (14-18): Alex Thomas, Shaquille Blair, Louis Meehan, Tuiala Togitasi, Jack Noble


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