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NRL: Roosters out to slay Dragons

There are two NRL fixtures to look forward to on Anzac Day with the Roosters taking on the Dragons, while the Storm play the Warriors in the late game.

It has been another exciting round of NRL action, with little to separate the 12 sides that have taken to the pitch so far. 

The Rabbitohs, Cowboys and Dolphins won by just two points against the Panthers, Titans and Knights respectively, while the Broncos and Sea Eagles won by 10 points. 

Cronulla’s 33-20 win over the Bulldogs was the biggest winning margin of the weekend, which just goes to show how evenly matched a lot of these sides are now. Boilovers are few and far between. 

Now all the attention turns to Anzac Day, a huge day on the Australian calendar. It is a chance for everyone to remember the ANZACs and all four teams will be giving a little extra out on the pitch. 

It has been an indifferent start for the Roosters, who sit 3-3 for the campaign, while the Dragons are 2-4 and are just two points behind them. 

The Storm are also up and down with four wins from seven and they will be attempting to go level on points with the Warriors, who are sixth on the ladder with five wins.

Paulo the danger for Roosters

WhatSydney Roosters v St George Illawarra Dragons
WhereAllianz Stadium, Sydney
When16:05 (AEST) Tuesday 25th April, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsSydney Roosters 1.23, St George Illawarra Dragons 4.20

The Roosters were seen as the side most likely to topple the Panthers in 2023 but there will need to be a big improvement if they are to do that. 

Trent Robinson’s side looked to have recovered from a shaky start thanks to wins over the Rabbitohs and Eels, only to suffer back-to-back defeats against the Storm and Sharks. 

Scoring points seems to be the issue for them as they are averaging just 18 per game at the moment and that is way behind the likes of Brisbane and Penrith. 

But in Jaxson Paulo they do have a man in form. The winger has scored five tries in his last three games and can be backed at 1.72 to score anytime against the Dragons.  

The Dragons have shown what they are capable of with wins over the Dolphins and Titans this season, but unfortunately for the Red V, they have not been consistent enough. 

Indeed they head into the game on the back of two straight defeats and will be low on confidence. The constant speculation regarding coach Anthony Griffin will not be helping. 

The Dragons record against the Roosters on Anzac Day is decent though, winning nine of the last 14, and they will be out to rise to the occasion again on such an important day.

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Warriors out to end Storm drought

WhatMelbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors
WhereAAMI Park, Melbourne
When19:00 (AEST) Tuesday 25th April, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsMelbourne Storm 1.28, New Zealand Warriors 3.75

Melbourne Storm have dominated recent fixtures against the New Zealand Warriors when winning 13 on the bounce. 

The Warriors have not won the traditional Anzac Day clash since way back in 2014 either, however this could be their chance to snap the losing streak. 

Andrew Webster’s side have been one of the surprise packages of the season so far when winning five out of their seven games. 

They head into the game on the back of a 22-14 win over the Cowboys last weekend and will be out to cement their place in the top six with another two points against Melbourne. 

If they are to do that then winger Edward Kosi will be pivotal to their chances. He has scored four tries in his last five games and can be backed at 2.60 to score anytime. 

Xavier Coates is even more lethal for the Storm with 16 tries in his last 12 games at AAMI Park and is available at 1.70.  

Melbourne were looking good after straight wins over the Tigers, Rabbitohs and Roosters but then put in an uncharacteristic performance when losing 18-8 against Manly last start. 

The Storm are boosted by the return of Nick Meaney from concussion and he will go straight back in at fullback, allowing star playmaker Cameron Munster to switch back to five eighth.

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