Sydney Roosters are potentially three games away from completing an unlikely repeat of their sweep of the NRL silverware in 2013. Last week they secured back to back Minor Premierships, and tonight they face Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium with a spot in the Preliminary Finals on the line.
The recent form of the Roosters has confirmed the theory that they were slowly building momentum in the second half of the season ready for the games that mattered most. Unlike some of the contenders around them the Roosters are peaking at the right time.
Aidan Guerra and Dylan Napa will miss the game as a result of suspensions picked up against South Sydney. The Roosters will look to Mitchell Pearce to reproduce his game winning performance from last week. Pearce has used the disapointment of missing out on State of Origin selection to inspire a career best run of form.
Penrith have defied expectation all season, and it was not just against the lower ranked sides that they impressed. They beat the Cowboys late in the season and came within seconds of defeating Manly at Brookvale Oval.
As has been the case for virtually the whole season, the Panthers are being given little chance by most pundits to cause an upset. This is unlikely to phase Ivan Cleary and his men who have seemed to thrive on flying under the radar.
Saturday 13th September, Allianz Stadium Moore Park 17:50
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