2013 NRL Grand Final: Battle of the Birds

Feathers are set to fly at ANZ Stadium this Sunday when the Minor Premiers the Roosters face the Sea Eagles for the 2013 NRL Title.


The sides have met on three occaisons already this season, with the boys from Bondi currently holding a 3-0 record after wins in Round 9, 16 and Week 1 of Finals Series.


However results gone by so far this year will matter for very little when the two teams take to the field in front of over 80,000 people on Sunday.


Manly are coming off the back of one of the club's most historic wins, coming from behind to take down the South Sydney Rabbitohs while the Roosters are flying high after overcoming a brave Newcastle Knights side to end the Wayne Bennett coached side's fairytale for season 2013.


Roosters coach Trent Robinson named an un-changed side from the 17 that beat the Knights, on Tuesday, with injured-duo Boyd Cordner and Luke O'Donnell set to face fitness tests on game day to prove their fitness.


Manly have lost Richie Fa'aoso with a broken neck in last week's win over the Bunnies, forcing Geoff Toovey to name an extended squad including David Gower and James Hasson.


Peter Hiku has also been named in jersey number 19, as cover for Brett Stewart if the NSW fullback can't overcome his troublesome hamstring.


The match sees some of the biggest names in the game go head-to-head in a couple of the most mouth-watering battles all year.


Superstar second-rower Sonny Bill Williams faces off with the suprise package Justin Horo down one side, while the fleet-footed Michael Jennings faces off with the classy Jamie Lyon down the other.


Good mates Mitchell Pearce and Keiran Foran will also face-off yet again, with James Maloney and Daly Cherry-Evans doing likewise on the opposite side of the field.


Whoever it is, whatever side of the field it may be, this one is set to be a classic.