Match Preview | Sea Eagles v Roosters

The Sydney Roosters will look to remain alive and well in the top four in Round 19 when they go face-to-face with a Manly Warringah Sea Eagles outfit that have been playing well of late. 

ROUND 19
LOTTOLAND 
Sunday, July 22nd
GATES | 1:30PM
JERSEY FLEGG | 1:50PM
NRL KICK OFF | 4:10PM

Please be advised that the Jersey Flegg pre-match is NOT affiliated with our Roosters Under 20s.

BROADCAST | Channel Nine and Fox League (Channel 502 on Foxtel)

HASHTAGS | #EastsToWin #NRLManlyRoosters

KEY MATCH-UPS

JAMES TEDESCO V TOM TRBOJEVIC

New South Wales Blues teammates go head-to-head in a battle of dynamic fullbacks for the second time this year. 

KEY 2018 STATS
TRIES | Tedesco: 3 | Trbojevic: 1 
TACKLES | Tedesco: 71 | Trbojevic: 61
RUNNING METRES | Tedesco: 1645 | Trbojevic: 1197

JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES V MARTIN TAUPAU

While this battle was Isaac Liu's the last time these two teams met, Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will have his hands full in a match-up that is bound to be physical.

KEY 2018 STATS
PLAYED | Hargreaves: 10 | Taupau: 10
TACKLES | Hargreaves: 230 | Taupau: 243
TRIES | Hargreaves: 2 | Taupau: 0

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Sydney Roosters

Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Matthew Wright, 3 Moses Suli, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Bradley Parker, 6 Thomas Wright, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Manase Fainu, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Shaun Lane, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14 Trent Hodkinson, 15 Kelepi Tanginoa, 16 Frank Winterstein, 17 Taniela Paseka
Reserves: 18 Jorge Taufua, 20 Tevita Funa, 21 Toafofoa Sipley, 22 Lloyd Perrett

Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Joseph Manu, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11 Boyd Cordner, 12 Victor Radley, 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange: 14 Ryan Matterson, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Mitchell Aubusson, 17 Kurt Baptiste
Reserves: 18 Nat Butcher, 19 Lindsay Collins, 20 Matthew Ikuvalu, 21 Sean O'Sullivan

THE NUMBERS

Head-to-head: Played 131 | Sea Eagles: 84 wins | Roosters: 45 wins | 2 draws
Previous result: Roosters won 22-20 at Allianz Stadium in round 9
Points per game: Sea Eagles: 19.5 | Roosters: 20.1
Points conceded per game: Sea Eagles: 22.8 | Roosters: 14.1
Ladder after round 18: Sea Eagles: 13 | Roosters: 4
2018 results: Sea Eagles: 5 wins and 12 losses | Roosters: 11 wins and 6 losses

VERDICT

As the Sea Eagles look to finish strong with slim chance of playing finals football, the Roosters look to stay alive and well in the top four in the final rounds of the regular season. 

While the Roosters will be hungry to back up a strong showing in Round 18, they'll need to be at their best to beat a talented and big Sea Eagles squad.