It's Round 26 in the NRL Telstra Premiership, and this week the Roosters will write a new chapter in a rivalry that goes back over one hundred years.
There have been classic moments, epic battles, the loudest of crowds, the hardest of hits and plenty of emotion.
We need all of our fans to #Represent this Friday night, whether you're a fan, a loyal Member or you're sitting on the fence, this is a must watch battle, as the Roosters will be playing for twelve straight wins on the trot and the clubs third consecutive Minor Premiership.
So why should you be there? Let's get into it!
THE MINOR PREMIERSHIP
For several weeks in this competition, it's been a four-horse race to determine who would come out in front at the end of the regular season.
With the Roosters winning 14 of their last 15 games so far in the 2015 regular season, and beating some top quality teams to get there, there is only one opponent remaining before finals football begins.
Tonight, the Roosters face old rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a battle that is always filled with emotion.
The Roosters for-and-against indicates that the side would have to concede more than 66 points to finish in second position at the end of the regular season. Should the Tricolours concede less than 66 points, the Club will claim first position and the JJ Giltinan Shield.
This would mark the Club’s third consecutive Minor Premiership, an achievement not recorded since the Manly Sea Eagles streak from 1995 to 1997.
Though it isn’t yet set in stone, it’s something the Club would look back on as a proud moment and a significant achievement in its history.
For the last two seasons, the boys were in a position where they had to win their Round 26 clash in order to claim the top spot.
Last year, the shield was awarded when the Sea Eagles went down to the Cowboys in Townsville, while in 2013 the Roosters and the Rabbitohs battled it out for the Minor Premiership in Round 26.
Should the Roosters be successful, the JJ Giltinan Shield presentation will be held at the conclusion of the match.
THE RON COOTE CUP
The Roosters were beaten by the Rabbitohs in Round 2 of the 2015 season 34-26.
If they can beat the Rabbitohs by more than eight points this Friday night, the Roosters will have more than one piece of silverware to take home, with the Ron Coote Cup also on offer.
ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK & JAMES MALONEY
Tonight will be the final regular season home game for both Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and James Maloney in Roosters colours.
Tuivasa-Sheck played for four seasons in Roosters colours, making his first grade debut in Round 21 of the 2012 season.
Maloney played for three seasons in Roosters colours, making his debut in Round 1 of the 2013 season.
STEGGLES CHARITY NEST CHAMPIONS
The on field success of the Sydney Roosters during the 2015 Season has seen the Steggles Roosters Charity Nest soar into new record breaking heights as we approach the Charity Nest Round for the final home before the final series against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The Sydney Roosters dominating win over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on Friday night saw a further $45,000 contributed to the Steggles Roosters Charity Nest, taking the grand total to an incredible $2,194,135 since the partnerships inception in 2010.
The partnership between the Sydney Roosters and major partner Steggles is a unique one and is developing into the envy of other Clubs and sporting organisations, which sees Steggles donate $1000 for every point the Roosters win by and an additional $250 from the Roosters with all funds donated back to children’s charities.
Childrens charities benefiting from the Charity Nest include Children’s Cancer Institute Australia, Lifestart & Children’s Hospital Foundation, Brisbane and Roosters One Community Program.
With over $320,000 being generated from the 2015 Season alone, the Steggles Roosters Charity Nest is set to challenge the record breaking year of monies donated during the premiership winning season in 2013.
You can support the Steggles Roosters Charity Nest by purchasing the match day parmi at Easts Leagues Club, buying raffle tickets at Roosters home games or by picking up a Steggles family Roast at your local Coles or Woolworths.
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