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Last updated: 25 Aug 2023
Jeremy Darke 25 Aug 2023
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  • Sydney Roosters vs Wests Tigers predictions for Saturday's NRL game
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Sydney Roosters vs Wests Tigers Tips


The last three weeks have been do or die for the Roosters and they have come unscathed as a whole. However they will now face the challenge of getting a victory against the Tigers without their fearless leader James Tedesco, who suffered a concussion in their third win on the trot. 

Most books have pegged the Roosters as anywhere between 14.5 and 17.5-point favourites, which I like as a fade option, especially at a 17.5-point start to the Tigers.

The disruption in attack with Joey Manu at fullback and Sam Walker back in at halfback will cause a disconnection at times that will keep this game closer than it should’ve been. It is also why I am on the Roosters to score less than 30 points in the match. 

Joey Manu hasn’t been a prolific try scorer at fullback in his career, however, his combination on the right side of the Roosters attack will still be on show against a weak left-side defence of the Tigers

  • West Tigers last 5 losses have been by less than 17.5 points.
  • 9 of the Roosters 11 wins this season have been by less than 17.5 points.
  • The Roosters have scored 30 points or less in 20 of 22 games played this season.
  • The Tigers concede 41% of their tries on the left side

Head to Head 


The Sydney Roosters have won their last six games against the Wests Tigers, while really dominating them over the last 13 years, winning 19 of their last 21 matches.

The two clubs most recently met in round 23 last season with the Roosters crushing the Tigers 72-6 at the SCG.

Sydney Roosters Form


The Roosters have hit some form over the past three weeks clinching onto the thread of hope that they can turn their three-game winning streak into five and make it into the finals.

Getting wins over Manly, Dolphins and Parramatta has been on the back of their attack finally finding a little form in 2023. 

The Roosters averaged just 17 points in offensive production over the first 23 rounds, but have turned it around over the last three rounds averaging 30 points-for per match.

Sydney Roosters Team News


James Tedesco will miss the match against the Tigers under concussion protocol. Joey Manu will take his captain’s spot at fullback, while Corey Allan will move into the centres.

Sam Walker has finally returned from injury sending Drew Hutchinson to the reserves. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves also returns with Fletcher Baker starting on the bench.

Sydney Roosters Team List


1. Joseph Manu
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Billy Smith
4. Corey Allan
5. Joseph Suaalii
6. Luke Keary
7. Sam Walker
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Brandon Smith
10. Lindsay Collins
11. Siua Wong
12. Nat Butcher
13. Victor Radley

Interchange

14. Sandon Smith 
15. Fletcher Baker
16. Terrell May
17. Angus Crichton

Reserves

18. Drew Hutchison
19. Egan Butcher
20. Zach Dockar-Clay
21. Fetalaiga Pauga
​​​​​​​22. Naufahu Whyte

Wests Tigers Form


The Tigers broke their 10-game losing run, winning their fourth game of 2023 against the Dolphins last weekend. 

Api Koroisau kicked a penalty from the left touchline in the final stages of the game, hitting the crossbar on the way through to hand Wests the victory 24-23.

Wests Tigers Team News


Api Koroisau moves back to the more familiar hooker position with Jake Simpkin out. Will Smith moves into the halfback role.

Wests Tigers Team List


1. Jahream Bula
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Triston Reilly
4. Asu Kepaoa
5. Junior Tupou
6. Daine Laurie
7. Will Smith
8. Stefano Utoikamanu
9. Api Koroisau
10. David Klemmer
11. Isaiah Papali’i
12. John Bateman
13. Fonua Pole

Interchange

14. Justin Matamua
15. Shawn Blore
16. Alex Twal
17. Alex Seyfarth

Reserves

18. Aitasi James
19. Brandon Wakeham
20. Josh Feledy
21. Kit Laulilii
​​​​​​​22. Tommy Talau

Verdict

The Tigers will fight and can keep this game close covering the line as underdogs. The Roosters' injury to Tedesco will cause their attack to be more disjointed than it has been the last few weeks thus scoring 30 points or less. Joey Manu can cross the line from fullback attacking the left side of the Tigers defence.
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Value Bet: Sydney Under 30.5 Team Total @5/6 at Elitebet - 2 Units
Tryscoring Tips: Joey Manu Anytime Tryscorer @1/1 at Boombet - 1 Unit
Tryscoring Tips: Joey Manu First Tryscorer @9/1 at Topsport - 1 Unit
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