How to watch Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors NRL live and match preview
Can the injury-ravaged Roosters win without star playmaker Luke Keary in their clash with the Warriors?
On the back of a horrific injury toll, bookmakers have slashed the Roosters' 2021 premiership odds. Obviously the biggest casualty was chief playmaker Luke Keary (ACL). Can teen sensation Sam Walker step up and lead the Roosters through this tough period and keep them in contention?
The Warriors are flying high and couldn't have met the wounded Roosters at a better time. We can see them winning at least four of their next six matches, with two games against the battling Sea Eagles in that run.
Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors kick-off
This Easter Sunday clash will be staged at the Sydney Cricket Ground from 6:15pm AEST on 4 April.
How to watch Roosters vs Warriors
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Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors match preview
It'd be very easy to tip the Warriors given the injury carnage at the Roosters and the fact they have 18-year-old debutant Walker steering the ship. In another blow, hooker Sam Verrills needs further knee surgery and will be out for another four or five weeks. In the image below, you can see the extent of the Bondi Junction club's injury concerns.
On the bright side, the Roosters will still field a formidable side and boast the NRL's top two tryscorers in Brett Morris (seven) and James Tedesco (six). From all reports, young Walker won't be overawed by the occasion. How good would it be if coach Trent Robinson throws teenage prodigy Joseph Suaalii into the cauldron as well?
The Warriors are performing admirably considering they are currently based in Australia. But we think the Roosters can steal this one by four points.
Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors team lists
Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Freddy Lussick 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Matt Ikuvalu 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Fletcher Baker 18. Nat Butcher 19. Benjamin Marschke.
Warriors team: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu'a 3. Adam Pompey 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O'Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Bunty Afoa 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Jack Murchie 20. Paul Turner 22. Rocco Berry.
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