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St Helens v Sydney Roosters
The St Helens take on the Sydney Roosters in the 2020 World Club Challenge and the great news for fans both the Super League and the NRL and for sporting fans in general is that you can watch all of the action live online via our World Club Challenge live streaming partners.
For those new to the sport, the World Club Challenge feature the winners of the Super League take on the winners of the NRL to determine the best club side in the world. With the Super League been the pinnacle for clubs from England, Wales, France and Canada and the NRL been the pinnacle for a system including clubs from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and in the near future, Fiji, the event really is the best of the best and it has given us some fantastic match up down the years.
Unusually for recent times, the Saints have managed to keep hold of their title winning squad and it is actually the Roosters who have a lost a star name with Latrell Mitchell crossing the city divide to join the Rabbitohs.
It is often said that teams from the NRL don’t take the World Club Challenge too seriously but simply by the fact that they have won the match so many times down the years and they fact that they bring such strong squads that has been all but debunked except for a couple of sides in the NRL.
The Roosters are certainly taking it seriously, thanks in no small part to the respect in Super League of their head coach Trent Robinson, who of course managed the Dragons earlier on in his career. He has brought the Roosters over early to acclimatise and prepare for the match with a camp in Spain and contact training action against Catalans.
Saints have won 2 of their opening 3 matches in Super League and put in their best performance of the season last time out in a winning effort over Hull FC.
The Roosters are yet to play a competitive games this season.
Saints make 2 changes with James Roby and Mark Percival returning but they are without both Regan Grace and Lachlan Coote.
Angus Crichton replaces the departed Latrell Mitchell for the Chucks whilst captain Boyd Cordner will not feature despite travelling over.
The WCC is always difficult to predict as there are so many unknowns but a number of them have gone in this one.
Normally Super League are all but dismantled after a successful season but Saints have kept there squad together and you can never be sure of how seriously the NRL side will take things.
The Roosters have shown before that they take seriously and in their preparations for this one they have demonstrated that again.
We expect things to be incredibly tight and that plays into the hands of the NRL team as one of the biggest differences between the 2 in that the southern hemisphere sides tend to be the more clinical, so we are going to back the Roosters for a narrow win but we will of course be cheering on the Saints.
Score Prediction Sydney Roosters by 8