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The Roosters Crow: Showdown with the Silvertails

Friday night at the SCG will see two traditional rivals take the stage as the Sydney Roosters host the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, with both sides determined to take home the all-important two competition points. 

Recent History: Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights

Easts and Manly will meet for the 137th time at NRL level since 1947, with the Roosters showing strong form against their opponents in recent years, having taken wins in four of the last six encounters. 

Round 1 Match Highlights: Roosters v Sea Eagles

The last meeting saw the Sea Eagles defeat a significantly understrength Tricolours outfit in the first week of the 2021 finals, however the last time the sides met at the Sydney Cricket Ground it was the Roosters crowing with their biggest-ever Round 1 victory in a 46-4 thumping. 

Both sides will be aiming to reverse their fortunes from last week, with the Roosters coming off a disappointing finish against the Knights, while the Sea Eagles were stunned by the Penrith Panthers in their opening match.

How They Line Up

Head Coach Trent Robinson has listed a similar squad to the one that took the field last week, with new addition Renouf Atoni taking his place on the extended bench.

Once again Captain James Tedesco heads the side at fullback, joined alongside Daniel Tupou, Billy Smith, Joseph Manu and Paul Momirovski in the backline.

Sam Walker and Luke Keary continue their combination in the halves, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Connor Watson and Lindsay Collins line up in the front row, while the starting side is rounded off with Angus Crichton, Sitili Tupouniua and Victor Radley in the back row.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Billy Smith
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Paul Momirovski
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Sam Walker
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Luke Keary
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans


  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Lindsay Collins
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 14 Drew Hutchison
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
  • Prop for Roosters is number 17 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Ethan Bullemor
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic


  • Interchange for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 9 Connor Watson
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Fletcher Baker
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 19 Andrew Davey


  • Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Kevin Naiqama
    Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 8 Toafofoa Sipley

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Drew Hutchison, Fletcher Baker, Nat Butcher and Siosiua Taukeiaho make up the interchange bench, with Kevin Naiqama named at 18th man.

The extended bench features Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Lachlan Lam, Naufahu Whyte, Adam Keighran, Renouf Atoni and Ben Marschke. 

The Sea Eagles welcome back experienced utility Dylan Walker to their side, whilst the rest of their squad remains intact from last week, featuring the likes of Tom and Jake Trbojevic as well as experienced campaigners in Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans and Martin Taupau.

Key Match Up: James Tedesco vs Tom Trbojevic

While there are plenty of intriguing matchups across the park, the battle of the two superstar fullbacks is just too hard to ignore. 

Since joining the Roosters in 2018, James Tedesco has evolved into one of the game's greatest players, becoming a two-time Premiership winner in the Red, White and Blue whilst also developing into a leader both at Club and representative level, leading the NSW Blues to series wins in 2019 and 2021. 

His opposite in Tom Trbojevic is coming off arguably one of the best seasons seen from an individual in recent memory, where he led Manly to the preliminary final and claimed the Wally Lewis Medal in the Blues' State of Origin series win. 

Despite having two vastly different playing styles, Tedesco and Trbojevic have plenty of similarities; both have claimed Dally M Medals with glittering representative resumes, not to mention the fact they are two of the most dangerous players in the competition from the back. 

What They Said

"The field position battle is a big one. You give Tom (Trbojevic) opportunities and he'll make you pay." - Luke Keary

"It's disappointing and we'll address it, but we've got a good challenge on Friday night against Manly" - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

"We're definitely keen to win this one. It'll be a big game for us as well with Manly coming off a disappointing loss. Both sides have a lot to play for." - Connor Watson

Your Verdict

The long-running rivalry between the Easts and Manly takes yet another turn on Friday night.

Two of the biggest superstars will be on show at the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground, and your Roosters will be determined more than ever to return to their winning ways against a strong opponent in the Sea Eagles.

Be sure to grab your tickets here for what will be another blockbuster at the SCG, and cheer on the mighty Roosters! 



Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.