How to watch Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers NRL live and match preview
The Roosters face the Panthers in one of the headline matches of a big round 21 of NRL action.
The Sydney Roosters are bounding towards the NRL finals with their tails up. Despite a spate of injuries to star players, the Roosters have strung together 4 straight wins and remain in the hunt for the double chance.
They meet the Panthers this week, who regain some key personnel and are looking to bounce back after being brushed aside by Melbourne last round.
When is Roosters vs Panthers?
This match kicks off at 5:30pm AEST on Saturday 7 August at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. You can see our full 2021 NRL season draw here.
How to watch Roosters vs Panthers online
Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your only options for watching Roosters vs Panthers. Considering its price, free trial and accessibility, we think Kayo is the way to go. You can see further details in our comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel.
Stream Roosters vs Panthers on Kayo Sports
Including this clash, 2 of the Roosters' next 3 matches are on Kayo Sports. They won't be on Channel 9. For Penrith, this big showdown and next week's fixture against the Dragons also won't be found on free-to-air TV. So fans of either team should strongly consider signing up to Kayo to ensure you get every game of every round live or on demand.
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Roosters vs Panthers team lists
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Adam Keighran 4. Joseph Manu 5. Dale Copley 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Lachlan Lam 15. Nat Butcher 16. Egan Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 18. Ben Marschke 19. Fletcher Baker 20. Moala Graham-Taufa 21. Naufahu Whyte
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Kurt Capewell 5. Brent Naden 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Liam Martin 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Scott Sorensen 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Matthew Eisenhuth 18. Izack Tago 19. Taylan May 20. J'maine Hopgood 21. Nathan Cleary
Roosters vs Panthers match preview
One of Penrith's biggest concerns was again on show in their loss to Melbourne last round – missing tackles. In the last 4 rounds the Panthers let slip 39 against Parramatta, 43 against New Zealand, a whopping 69 against Brisbane and 39 against the Storm.
It's a serious concern they need to fix before the finals. Their season average in the stat has jumped to 29.5. In their 38-12 round 15 win over the Roosters, they missed 30 tackles, so they'll be happy to get back to their season average this week.
The Roosters are aiming for a fifth consecutive win but will be without centre Josh Morris through injury. They proved they can win without Morris last week after he left the field after 30 minutes in the club's 28-0 win over fourth-placed Parramatta.
The battle for positions inside the top 8 is at fever pitch right now in what's been a thrilling NRL season. An upset Roosters win is certainly on the cards in this one.
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