Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Kick Off: 10:40
Venue: Allianz Stadium Sydney)
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Sydney Roosters v North Queensland Cowboys
The Roosters and the Cowboys have certainly had differing routes through to this Grand Final play off but with the Roosters looking dominant at home, it will be up to the Cowboys to pull off another surprise win.
Sydney looked strong all season and in defeating the Broncos in the opening round of the finals, they gave themselves a week off to be fresh and full prepared for this one.
The Cowboys on the other hand struggled for a lot of the season with their worse form coming right at the end. Having scraped into the finals thanks to other teams results and then only getting past Cronulla in the opening round of the finals by a point in extra time, they put in a much-improved performance against Parramatta in a come from behind victory.
They will know that against a Roosters team full of confidence and quality, they will need to be much improved at the beginning of the match.
Both of these 2 sides are relatively recent winners of the NRL and both have the experience to deal with this semi-final paly off game. Both are full of internationals and both are full of quality, all of which makes this a must watch match and that is exactly what you can do via our live streaming partners.
The Roosters have now won their last 4 matches but it has been their home form which has been strong all year long with their winning run now at 6.
The Cowboys have turned around their poor run at the end of the regular season and have now enjoyed 3 wins in their last 4 matches and wins in each of their last 3 on the road.
The Roosters move Mitchell to centre with Daniel Tupou retuning to the team on the wing. Tetevano and Matterson are named on the bench.
The Cowboys make no changes to their squad but they have named captain Matt Scott on the reserves list, there is an outside chance he may feature as a late call up.
Although both teams have the quality and know how to get through this match and to the final we are going to back the Roosters for the win.
The Cowboys have gotten through to this stage by hard work but they are going to need to show more against the quality of the Roosters and especially with the crucial nature of this game.
If they can add some flair they will have fantastic chance and we do expect the game to be close throughout but in front of their home fans, the Roosters will take some beating.
Our Prediction: Sydney Roosters by 4
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