2022-06-29 20:00:00

It will be a battle of the fullback’s on Friday night with James Tedesco and Dylan Edwards sitting atop of the running metres leaderboard.

Meanwhile, the Warriors return home could be a timely one and the final two places in the top eight could be battled out by two teams.

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Double Trouble

The Roosters and Manly are both in the battle for possibly the final two places in the top eight this year, but both face one of their nemeses in recent seasons this week.

Manly has lost six straight games against Storm and have not lost seven straight to any opponent in an unbroken run since the mid 1970s (Canberra won seven around the Northern Eales interlude). A loss would also set a new unwanted record at Brookvale Oval — the Sea Eagles have never lost six straight to an opponent there but have lost five straight against Melbourne there since their most recent win in 2015.

Their record this season against the nine sides currently above them is abysmal to say the least, with no wins from eight starts — the only team yet to defeat one of them.

Should Storm win this game it will set a minor record for coach Craig Bellamy as well. He is currently locked at 17 wins apiece with Des Hasler, but almost incredibly, has never had a winning record against him.

The Roosters six straight losses to the Sharks in 2014-17 is their worst streak under Trent Robinson, but now the Panthers (and Storm) are just one win away from equalling that mark. In their ten games against the big two from the past three seasons Sydney have scored more than 18 points on just two occasions and have not conceded fewer than 20 – half of their losses have been by 16 points or more.

Overall, the Roosters recent form has been poor with just one win from their past five games, including three losses in a row. They have not lost four straight since 2016 – the last time they missed the finals.


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Smart Move?

It has been over 1000 days since the Warriors last played a game in New Zealand and they will be desperately hoping the return home can help to cure some of the many ills currently afflicting the club.

Last week’s 40-6 loss to the Panthers was the Warriors seventh straight loss — their equal fourth worst streak in club history. It also brought up 11 straight games conceding 20 points or more, a new unwanted record.

They are leaking almost 29 points per game, easily the worst defence of any team this season and currently running neck and neck with the clubs worst ever defensive season back in 2004. Their four wins this season is still two short of their lowest ever ebb in 2004, a record they surely do not deserve to break after the past few years.

The good news is they have a great recent record against Wests Tigers, with four straight wins against them their current longest streak against any opponent.

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Stat of the week – The Running Man (Most 180+ metre games).

Dylan Edwards and James Tedesco are both sitting at the top of the metre gainers this season and their head-to-head battle will be enthralling on Friday night. Edwards is averaging a career high 189 metres per game, so it’s no shock to see him neck and neck with Tedesco with the most 180+ metre games this season.

The Running Man (Most 180m+ running metres)

Player — Games

James Tedesco — 7

Dylan Edwards — 7

Reuben Garrick — 6

Joseph Tapine — 6

Corey Oates — 5

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