NRL Round 15: Roosters vs Panthers preview and prediction

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    The Roosters and Panthers lock horns in a battle of two finals-bound teams at Allianz Stadium.

    We get a Friday night blockbuster as the Roosters and Panthers collide at Allianz Stadium on Friday night. The Roosters have quietly won three straight games after accounting for the Knights 18-16 in Newcastle last week in a game they were made to fight for until the end.

    The Panthers made it five victories in a row to remain equal top of the table with the Dragons thanks to a thrilling 21-20 victory over the Raiders in a game they trailed 20-14 with just seven minutes to go before Nathan Cleary kicked the winning field goal.

    Sydney Roosters scouting report
    The Roosters have the luxury of making just the one change to the side that beat Newcastle, with Mitch Aubusson named to start and Siosiua Taukeiaho going back to the bench. James Tedesco was the man of the match in Origin 1 and has started to crank up his form at his new club after a slow start to the season.

    Penrith Panthers scouting report
    The Panthers have lost Viliame Kikau to a knee injury, with Jack Hetherington replacing him on the interchange. James Maloney will be up for another big game against one of his former clubs. With he and Nathan Cleary coming up against Luke Keary and Cooper Cronk, it’s a huge battle between the halves of both sides.

    Verdict
    I think the Roosters are building up to a huge performance, and they might be able to make a statement with a narrow victory over the Panthers here. The Panthers threw a lot into that game in Canberra last week, with three Origin players backing up in a game that was physical and decided in the last minute. After five straight victories I feel they might be close to a loss, whereas the Roosters have been quietly going about their work, beating some of the lower sides of late. I think they might win this one and sneak home by six to underline themselves as a premiership contender in 2018.

    Roosters by one to six points in a high-quality game.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • June 15th 2018 @ 10:09am
      Albo said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:09am | ! Report

      As a Panther fan, I am particularly concerned about Cronk’s high kicks to the flanks where giants like Ferguson & Toupou & Mitchell will tower over the Panthers wingers and centres. Panthers will need to dominate field position via their pack & halves kicking game, or I fear big trouble at the back under a barrage of bombs.

    • June 15th 2018 @ 11:24am
      SteveSyd said | June 15th 2018 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      I support neither of these teams but if form has anything to do with this game the Panthers will win easily.
      The Roosters have scraped home by 2 points last 3 games and lucky to win in 2 of them.
      Tonight will be a good indicator where the Roosters are at and if many correct they will be exposed as an overrated, average team.
      Next week against the Storm will be no different.
      Finishing 8th or 9th this year is about right.

      • June 15th 2018 @ 10:25pm
        Benny said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:25pm | ! Report

        You were saying?

        • June 18th 2018 @ 9:18am
          ChristopherGrant said | June 18th 2018 @ 9:18am | ! Report

          Hahahahha

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