The Warriors can't afford to lose this game, however the Roosters are determined for a top four finish.
NZ WARRIORS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS at Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday 12.00pm
Head to Head: Warriors 18 Roosters 13 drawn 1
Last clash: Round 14, 2013 - Warriors 23 bt Roosters 12 at Allianz Stadium
Michael Chammas writes: The Warriors can't afford to lose this game. However the Roosters are determined for a top four finish and even without Sonny Bill Williams, they will be too strong for a hot and cold Warriors outfit.
Tip: Roosters by 4
AAP writes: Typical Warriors - having pushed themselves into the eight and looking set for a finals berth, the Kiwis were dragged back into the dogfight with a 28-22 loss to 14th-placed Newcastle last weekend. The Roosters however are priming themselves for September with last Saturday’s 48-4 flogging of the hapless Wests Tigers their third win on the spin. The Warriors welcome back centre Konrad Hurrell from injury while Mitch Aubusson has been named at hooker for the premiers with Jake Friend and Heath L’Estrange both out. Highly rated young gun Jackson Hastings has also been named on a five-man bench by Roosters coach Trent Robinson.
Key: Kiwi big men Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Frank-Paul Nu’uausala and Sam Moa will all be pumped to deliver for the Roosters in their home country. If they fire, the Warriors might find it hard to get their attacking rhythm going.
Big news for the Roosters with both Sonny Bill Williams and Jake Friend named in the 17 for the defending premiers.
We are away!
2nd min: Both teams are steady in their opening set before James Maloney puts in a awful, wobbly kick that finds only 10 metres inside Warriors territory.
4th min: We have a video ref decision on a possible try to Aiden Guerra for the Roosters. If it is a try it will be thanks to Daniel Tupou who defused a bomb and ran 80 metres before being brought down by Shaun Johnson.
9th min: The Roosters hold out the Warriors after the home side received back-to-back penalties.
10th min: TRY Warriors!
There is a stink! Dylan Napa is penalised for a shoulder charge on Manu Matuvei. It didn't look like too much of shoulder charge but a hellava of a hit.
Maloney converts. WARRIORS 0 ROOSTERS 6.
It is a TRY! A penalty try in fact as Thomas Leuluai used his boot to stop Guerra grounding the ball. Kick in front for Maloney.