The Sydney Roosters are rarely troubled by the Wests Tigers and given the state of each of the teams right now it is hard to see any change to that on Saturday night.
It has been one-way traffic when the Roosters have met the Tigers for a long time now. The Chooks have won 19 of 21 against the Tigers including the last five. One important note too is how often the market has underestimated the Roosters even when they are heavily favoured with the Roosters covering 20 of 23 meetings dating back to 2008.
The Roosters won the only clash at the SCG 42-12 and have won three of the last four by 22-plus points. Trent Robinson’s team are pushing hard for a finals berth while the Tigers have lost nine of their last 10 including a 24-point loss to the Sharks last week.
The gulf is expanding between these two and the Roosters have the ability to score that makes laying 22.5 an acceptable proposition.
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Joseph Suaalii has 14 tries in 16 games and it being tuoted as a potential Australian representative at 18.
Daniel Tupou has a remarkable 16 tries in 12 games against the Wests Tigers, failing to cross just twice against them.
Joey Manu has 10 tries in 19 games this year and has scored three tries in his last four matches.
Angus Crichton was struggling earlier in the year but has returned to his best of late. That has seen him getting across the tryline too with two tries in his last four games. Crichton has crossed in two of four starts against the Tigers.
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