St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog
Matt Cooper looks for a gap during the St George-Illawarra Dragons V Sydney Roosters. Digital Image by Robb Cox Â© Action Photographics
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St George-Illa. Vs. Roosters
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 25 April, 2012
|Allianz Stadium, NSW|
|St George-Illa. 28 defeated Roosters 24|
|Referee: M Cecchin|
|Touch judges: Adam Reid & R Turner|
The St George Illawarra Dragons will be looking to continue their dominance over the inconsistent Sydney Roosters in the traditional ANZAC Day clash at the SFS. Join us for live scores and commentary from 4.00pm AEST.
Despite starting the season with a 4-3 win/loss record, the Roosters will have to produce their best performance of the year thus far if they are to upset the Dragons.
Sydney have been horribly inconsistent thus far in season 2012 and are yet to produce an eighty minute performance.
The Roosters’ last defeat came at the hands of a Cowboys side that racked up 50 points en route to a 38-point victory in Darwin.
Before that loss, Brian Smith’s men managed to string two wins together for the first time this season, beating the Warriors and Titans before succumbing meekly to North Queensland.
The Dragons meanwhile have also struggled at times this season, losing two matches in a row against the Broncos and Sharks before beating the Knights over a week ago.
While their attack still needs improvement, the Dragons still possess the intensity required to notch up another victory against a chaotic Roosters outfit.
The Dragons will be looking to dominate up the middle today against a Roosters pack that has struggled to assert dominance this season.
Against the Cowboys, Sydney was torn to shreds up the middle with the likes of Ashton Sims, James Tamou and Glenn Hall wrecking havoc in the forwards.
If Dragons forwards Ben Creagh, Michael Weyman and Trent Merrin win the battle upfront, halves Ben Hornby and Jamie Soward will take control of today’s contest.
Although Hornby and Soward are not the most dangerous halves in the NRL, a dominant showing by the Dragons pack should still see these two players crack a weak Roosters defence.
For the tricolours to stand a chance this afternoon, they have to improve their attitude in all facets of the game.
In their heavy losses to the Storm and Cowboys respectively, the Roosters displayed no character what’soever in defence and really need to make a statement here if they are to consider themselves true finals contenders.
Roosters forwards Jared Wearea-Hargreaves, Boyd Cordner and Martin Kennedy in particular will have to shine in unison against a Dragons pack that still ranks as one of the best in the NRL.
If the Roosters can match the Dragons upfront, it will go a long way to containing a Dragons attack that can struggle to score points.
Given the occasion, both teams should be fired up for a big performance. The Dragons and Roosters have struggled to score points thus far in season 2012 so expect the red v to perhaps grind their way to another ANZAC Day victory.
Dragons by six.
Will the Roosters’ ANZAC Day hoodoo continue? Find out this afternoon from 4.00pm AEST in what is guaranteed to be another emotion-charged ANZAC Day clash. if you’re watching or following along, give us your thoughts in the space below.
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