Sydney Cricket Ground will play host to Thursday's Round 21 NRL game between Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos. The game kicks off at 7:50 pm with Sydney Roosters heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Sydney Roosters vs. Brisbane Broncos game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Thursday August 4, 2022 at 7:50 pm
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground
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Sydney Roosters vs Brisbane Broncos Preview
Sydney Roosters are searching for four straight wins for the first time in 2022 and can consolidate their place in the Top 8 with a home win over wounded Brisbane. The Roosters demolished the Dragons and Knights back-to-back, before holding off the Sea Eagles 20-10 in last Thursday’s emotion-charged clash.
The massive metres and tryscoring threat provided by Joey Manu and Daniel Tupou again proved decisive at Brookvale, while Luke Keary is easing his way back into the line-up nicely and James Tedesco put his stamp on the contest as per usual.
The Broncos’ flat 32-18 home lost to struggling Wests Tigers – their worst performance by far since early-April – was hard to explain. They were out-enthused by ragtag team, while the defeat came at a huge cost with burgeoning middle forward Patrick Carrigan rubbed out for four weeks for a hip drop tackle.
Rhys Kennedy is Carrigan’s replacement in the Broncos’ 17, while Jake Turpin replaces Cory Paix on the bench. In a major positive, Selwyn Cobbo makes his return on the wing.
The Roosters also have some enforced changes to their pack with Lindsay Collins (concussion) and Egan Butcher (suspension) out. Matt Lodge will start with Terrell May and Ben Thomas joining the bench.
The Roosters have won four of their last five against the Broncos, but the then-lowly Broncos produced a stunning 34-16 upset at the SCG last season. The two encounters since – both in Brisbane – finished in the Roosters’ favour by margins of four points or less. The Roosters held on 24-20 at Suncorp in Round 5 this year.
Though he’s a big loss and has developed into a leader, Broncos have more than enough quality depth to counter Carrigan’s absence. With Adam Reynolds pulling the strings and Ezra Mam and Tesi Niu providing game-breaking options, the Broncos’ attack is among the NRL’s most dangerous when it clicks – and Cobbo is a huge in.
The fifth-placed Broncos are also on a three-match winning streak in NSW while the Roosters have dropped their last three at the SCG. The Broncos also boast an NRL-best 13-6 record against the line, while their over record is 13-5 – second-highest in the league.
But the key for the visitors is aiming up physically and stemming the bruising Tricolours pack’s roll – a big if. Second-gamer Deine Mariner will also have his hands full up against Manu.
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