The Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders meet in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium (AEST) in what promises to be a big one.
The Raiders were the feel-good story of 2019, coming from outside the finals to skyrocket into flag contention. Ricky Stuart’s team are searching for their first premiership since 1994 and go into the decider as the $3.10 outsiders.
Canberra will take confidence into the game, having won four of their last six games, including victories over the Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs to qualify for the grand final.
They will take in an unchanged 17 from the side that ousted the Souths last week, despite hooker Josh Hodgson battling a virus during the week.
The Green Machine’s defence is their backbone, conceding the third least points in the league behind only the Storm and Roosters. Their losses have been marginal at an average of just 5.6 points, the second-best effort in the NRL.
You can trust that Canberra’s stingy defence will keep the scoreboard close, so backing them to cover the line of +7.5 points could be the way to go.
Canberra’s defence stood up strong in their preliminary final win over the Souths, holding them to just 10 points despite being under duress. And they and will need to be just as brave against the Roosters.
There is enough talent on this Raiders team to get the job done, but how the handle being on the biggest stage of them all is unknown.
If they aren’t daunted by the occasion or their opponent and settle into the game early, the Raiders can be the ones lifting the cup.
After another dominant campaign that saw them finish second, the Roosters are looking to claim back-to-back premierships.
The Tricolours have been the favourite for most of the season, and with the Storm and Rabbitohs knocked out, go into the granny as the hot favourites at $1.40. For the best Rugby Betting odds visit this link.
The Chooks are running hot with nine wins from their past 10 games, defeating the Rabbitohs and Storm during their finals campaign.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will return from a one-game suspension, sliding Siosiua Taukeiaho back to the bench and Lindsay Collins to the reserves.
This star-studded Roosters outfit have proven they can win on the big stage and have match winners all over the field, led by the recently crowned Dally M medallist James Tedesco.
The question might not be if the Roosters will win, but how much will they win by. Leading the league this season in tries, try assists and line break assists and ranking second in points and third in field goals, this team can score and score big, averaging a winning margin of 19.1.
It won’t be that easy against the Raiders, but a 1-12 Roosters win looks like the best play at $2.70. Tedesco will have his head up after claiming the Dally M and his teammates always look to get the ball in his hands, priming him as an anytime try scorer at $2.20. Latrell Mitchell has showed he can shine on the big stage and ranked second in the NRL in tries this season. He also has $2.20 odds for anytime try scorer.
These sides have already met twice earlier in the season, with the Roosters winning both matches. In total, they have faced off 63 times, with the Chooks winning 35 to Canberra’s 28.