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NRL: Roosters out to make it three on the spin

There are three games to wrap up Magic Round on Sunday and in one of them the Sydney Roosters will be out to inflict more pain on the North Queensland Cowboys.

Wests Tigers take on the Dragons in the opening game of the day, while Gold Coast Titans and Parramatta Eels wrap up the round in the late kick-off. 

Sandwiched in between, the Roosters will take on the Cowboys in a big game for both sides. The Roosters have been a bit up and down this season, but have picked up the five wins to take them to fifth place on the ladder. 

The Cowboys have failed to carry on from an impressive 2022 campaign and currently sit in 16th place on the ladder with just six points from their nine games. If there is to be any hope of rescuing the season and make the eight, the Cowboys need to get their act together quickly. Magic Round would be a good place to start.

Roosters look to keep the Magic going

WhatSydney Roosters v North Queensland Cowboys
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When16:00 (AEST) Sunday 7th May, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsSydney Roosters 1.27, North Queensland Cowboys 3.85

The Roosters head into the Magic Round on the back of two solid victories over the Dragons and Warriors so confidence will be high in the Roosters camp. 

They victories were much needed after losing their previous two games against the Storm and Sharks, and they will be out to keep the winning streak going. 

The Tricolours will be feeling confident as they boast an excellent recent record against North Queensland when winning the last five meetings on the bounce. The last two of which were very convincing. 

Trent Robinson’s men also like Magic Round and have won all three games since 2019. So all in all, everything is pointing to a Roosters victory.

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Cowboys missing key men 

The Cowboys will be out to put up a fight knowing their season is on the line. Todd Payten’s side will still be stinging following a 44-6 defeat against the Cronulla Sharks last weekend. 

Their pride will have been severely dented and they should come out with all guns blazing, looking to make amends. One thing they will have to sort out is defence. 

They have the highest rate of missed tackles in the NRL this season and the Roosters will be out to exploit that weakness. 

The last thing the Cowboys need is to be missing key players and they will be without star forward Jeremiah Nanai for the foreseeable after he copped a four-week suspension. 

Tom Chester also suffered a suspected ACL last week, while key playmaker Chad Townsend is doubtful for the game with a calf issue. 

They still have plenty of quality though and winger Kyle Feldt continues to shine with four tries in his last four games. He is priced at 2.90 to score a try at anytime.  

The Roosters will check on Brandon Smith, who has been named to play, despite picking up a neck injury last week. They are also boosted by the return of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. 

Roosters centre Joseph Suaalii will be out to continue his good form after scoring three tries in his last two games at Suncorp Stadium. He is available at 12.00 to score the first try, or 2.45 to grab one at anytime in the game. 

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