Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels: NRL live scores, blog
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Parramatta Vs. Roosters
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 12 August, 2012
|Parramatta Stadium, NSW|
|Parramatta 36 defeated Roosters 22|
|Referee: Jared Maxwell|
|Touch judges: D Abood & Jay Farlow|
Two of the NRL’s most enigmatic teams collide tonight as the Parramatta Eels host the Sydney Roosters. Join us for NRL live scores and blog from 5.30pm AEST.
Parramatta and Sydney have proven to be the most difficult teams to watch in season 2012.
After a largely disastrous 2012 campaign, the Eels have come to life over the past few weeks, defeating premiership fancies Melbourne and Brisbane before succumbing to the Tigers on Monday night.
Against the Tigers, Parramatta showcased everything that makes them one of the most frustrating teams to watch.
After racing out to a 22-6 lead against the Tigers, the Eels fell apart terribly in defence, succumbing 51-26 against a side that looked gone 20 minutes into the first half.
In short, when the Eels are on they can be a joy to watch, but when placed under sustained pressure, they crack like eggs.
The preceding comments can also be attributed to the Roosters, given their Jekyll and Hyde nature.
Last week, the Roosters caused an upset by comprehensively defeating the Dragons 26-10 in a game St George Illawarra needed to win.
The upset victory came just a fortnight the Roosters produced one of their worst performances of the year to lose to the lowly Panthers.
With both teams so enigmatic, tonight’s contest really is a toss of the coin job.
The key to tonight’s clash will be to see which team has actually turned up to play, and we should get a key indication in the opening 20 minutes.
With both teams struggling for confidence, the opening half of football will be vital in deciding which side wins tonight’s contest.
If the Eels can replicate their fast start against the Tigers, they might just be too strong for the Roosters at home, particularly if halves Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts fire.
Given that the Roosters are coming off a good win however, it wouldn’t surprise to see Brian Smith’s men play with the confidence necessary to notch up rare back-to-back wins.
With Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce scoring a hat trick last week, expect the NSW Origin player to guide the Sydney to a high scoring victory.
Roosters by 6.
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