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2015 NRL Round 5 Betting Preview – Sydney Roosters vs Cronulla

2015 NRL Round 5 Betting Preview for Sydney Roosters vs Cronulla thanks to William Hill Australia.

4pm AEDT, Sunday, April 5
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
The Sydney Roosters are flying high after a brilliant start to the season and should be carrying on their winning ways against a Cronulla team who has not been able to find a win so far in 2015.

Selection Notes
The Roosters have lost Blake Ferguson for four months meaning Shaun Kenny-Dowall shifts to the centres with Nene Macdonald coming onto the wing. Shane Flangan has made a host of changes to the Sharks side with Jack Bird starting at five-eighth, Valentine Holmes and Michael Gordon swapping fullback/wing positions and Matt Prior replacing Andrew Fifita in the starting team. Sam Tagataese, who blew up deluxe after just 11 minutes playing time last week, has been dumped.

The Roosters have owned the Sharks for much of Cronulla’s existence, winning 56 of the 87 matches contested. Recently though the Sharks have been the Roosters’ bogey side with the Chooks winning just three of the last nine encounters and losing the last match 30-28 after leading 24-0 in one of the greatest collapses in premiership history. The two teams have played typically high scoring matches with five of the last six topping 40 and three of those matches surpassing 50. Shaun Kenny-Dowall has scored 10 tries in 11 matches against Cronulla including five in the last five. Sharks benchman Anthony Tupou is a former Roosters player.

The Sydney Roosters enter this match in red-hot form with three wins and a close loss to defending premiers Souths in the opening month of the year. The Roosters won in Townsville in Round1 and have won back-to-back home games by 8 and 28 points against the Panthers and Raiders. The Chooks sit second on the ladder and have the top attack and defence in the League. No team has a better kick return in the NRL. The Sharks are yet to win a game this year and are riding a 10-game losing streak. They rank 11th in attack and 14th in defence.

Key Matchup
Fullbacks Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Valentine Holmes are two of the most promising players in the NRL and will carry their team’s hopes on Sunday. Tuivasa-Sheck has been simply brilliant since shifting to fullback and Sharks fans will be hoping Holmes makes a similar transition in his first game at fullback. Tuivasa-Sheck ranks second in metres and fifth in tackle breaks and is coming off a man-of-the-match performance against Canberra. Holmes was arguably Cronulla’s best against the Titans where he ran for 159m and busted five tackles in a two-try effort. He will be the man the Sharks are hoping can turn their season around.

Stats That Matter
The Sydney Roosters are 24-8 (18-14 ATS) at the SFS while they are 4-4 ATS at home when favoured by more than two converted tries. In day matches at the venue the Roosters are 5-1 straight and ATS with a 4-2 over number. The Sharks are 7-2 under in their last nine day road games while they are 10-18 (12-16 ATS) in their last 28 road matches. When getting a start of two converted tries Cronulla are 5-3 ATS with a 5-3 over number. They have covered four of their last five with a start of 12.5 or more. Cronulla are 7-12 ATS after scoring 20 points the week prior while the Chooks are 9-12 ATS after scoring 30.

Final Thoughts
The Sydney Roosters finished their clash with the Canberra Raiders off in very disappointing style as they cruised to the line with little killer instinct. They will have too much class for Cronulla but there should be a bit of upside with the Sharks having moved Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird into the spine. Cronulla will be enthusiastic and as a team who has the mock on the Roosters they will believe an upset is possible.

How It’s Shaping Up
Sydney Roosters by 8

Best Bet
Cronulla +13.5 ($1.90)

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