After both clubs bounced back in round four, the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla Sharks’ Saturday night clash is set to be a big one.
Despite an ACL injury to halfback Luke Keary, the Roosters proved they were able to win without him and will be looking to continue the momentum to keep their season on the right track.
Meanwhile the Sharks will be looking to prove they can beat a team that finished inside the eight last year on Saturday night.
The Roosters will have home field advantage at the SCG, the Sharks looking to get their first win there since 1987.
Angus Crichton (101 tackles at 90.5 percent efficiency) will be hoping to storm through the Shark’s defence, looking to best his seasons best of four tackle breaks with 113 post contact metres.
It will be a battle of the fullbacks, James Tedesco (seven tries, 25 tackle breaks) might be one of the best in the league but 23-year-old Will Kennedy (five tries, three line breaks) has started the year in career-best form really settling into the role as the Shark’s number one.
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Chad Townsend’s (30 points) kicking accuracy has been crucial in recent weeks, kicking eight from eight last against the Cowboys, whilst kicking for 537 metres for the match, an 80 metre improvement on his season average.
Connor Tracey (two tries, one try assist) will be hunting another try after his great game last week, running for 59 metres after contact.
The Roosters will go in unchanged after an impressive win against the Warriors last weekend, with Sitili Tupouniua passing concussion protocols and participating in the captains run on Friday.
The Sharks welcome back Jesse Ramien following a three week suspension, as a result Connor Tracey will move to the interchange whilst Braydon Trindall has been relegated to the reserves.