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NRL: Roosters facing tough Warriors trip

Sydney Roosters will be out to pick up their second win on the bounce to push them up the ladder when they travel to take on the Warriors on Sunday.

The Roosters were one of the hot fancies for the premiership heading into the season but they sit in mid-table with a 4-3 record and need to find some consistency.

It will be tough however against a Warriors side who have exceeded expectations so far this season and sit two places above them on the ladder.

In Sunday’s other game, the 14th-placed Dragons take on Canterbury Bulldogs, who are two places below them.

Both sides need the points if they are to give themselves a chance of making the top eight and playing finals this season.

Warriors seek Roosters revenge

WhatNew Zealand Warriors v Sydney Roosters
WhereMt Smart Stadium, Auckland
When14:00 (AEST) Sunday 30th April, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsNew Zealand Warriors 2.80, Sydney Roosters 1.44

The New Zealand Warriors have been a surprise package so far this season when winning five of their opening seven games.

One of the defeats came against the Roosters in round two, when they slipped to a 20-12 loss at the SCG, the other was away at the Knights in round six.

They are, however, unbeaten on home soil and the Roosters will be in for a real test at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

It is the first time that the Roosters will have played in New Zealand since 2018, so it is hard to predict how they will react to the trip.

They have yet to win on the road this season though, so will be determined to try and put that right.

The way Trent Robinson’s side fought out a thrilling one point win over the Dragons on Anzac Day should give them a lift, while the Warriors lost by eight points to the Storm on the same day.

Who reacts best to the short turnaround could also be crucial in this fixture.

Nat Butcher returns from suspension for the Roosters, but there is still no place in the starting line-up for Sam Walker.

The Warriors have been hit by the news captain Tohu Harris (knee), fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (head knock) and utility Jazz Tevaga (Achillies) are all ruled out.

Warriors star Edward Kosi has scored six tries in five games at Mt Smart Stadium and is priced at 13.00 to grab the first on Sunday.

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Dragons eager to tame Bulldogs

WhatSt George Illawarra/Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs
WhereWIN Stadium, Wollongong
When16:05 (AEST) Sunday 30th April, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsSt George Illawarra/Dragons 1.58, Canterbury Bulldogs 2.40

The Dragons can take plenty of heart from the way they ran the Roosters close on Anzac Day and will be keen to back it up with a crucial two points against the Bulldogs.

Canterbury did run the Sharks close before losing 33-20, but with just three wins to their name this season they are not where they want to be.

The Bulldogs are conceding way too many points and are missing way too many tackles, and that is something they need to put right.

They have conceded 113 points over the last three games and St George Illawarra will be looking to expose their weaknesses again.

The Dragons have had the edge over the Bulldogs in recent meetings, winning five out of eight, and need another one on Sunday to keep the pressure off under-fire coach Anthony Griffin.

Tyrell Sloan was outstanding in the defeat to the Roosters and he, along with playmaker Ben Hunt, will again be key to the Dragons' chances of getting the win.

Sloan can be backed at 2.50 to score a try at anytime, while Bulldogs centre Jake Averillo, who has scored four tries in his last two games against the Dragons, and clearly likes playing against them, is available at 3.90.

The Dragons will be missing Tautau Moga, who has a shoulder problem and will be replaced by Max Feagai.

The Bulldogs have made changes as they attempt to snap their losing streak. Kyle Flanagan is replaced in the halves by Josh Reynolds, while Max King is ruled out with a rib injury.

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