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NRL Round 15: Panthers v Roosters
The Panthers have now lost two in a row and for a team that is not used to losing at all, I am expecting an angry Panthers outfit on Friday night.
Playing in front of their home crowd and with a line up that is about as strong as they can put together, I really like their chances of blowing the Roosters off the park here.
After a few poor showings at 7, Tyrone May has been dropped out of the 17 and young Tago has rightfully been given another shot in the top grade. Tago has been one of the real standouts in the NSW Cup and he has looked great since joining the top grade a fortnight ago.
With so many Panthers players fresh off their triumphant State of Origin debuts, I am expecting this confident footy team to bounce back with a clinical attacking display.
As for the Roosters, while their line up still looks pretty strong, we have seen in recent weeks just how much of a toll their injury-ravaged season is taking on their performances.
To allow an out of form Titans outfit to pile on so many consecutive tries shows that this Roosters squad is a far cry from the team that has dominated the NRL over the past 5-6 years.
While the Roosters welcome back some quality in terms of Tedesco and Taukeiaho, there has been a lot of disruption to the Roosters spine.
Without Collins and Radley, they are also missing some grunt in the middle, so while I think they will be competitive early, I think the Panthers, at home, should run away with this one.
Predicted score Panthers 30 – Roosters 12