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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 10 Aug 2007 00:33:00 GMT
This is it for the rejuvenated roosters this Friday at Telstra Stadium.
The eighth-placed Wests Tigers (22 points) host the eleventh-placed Roosters (19 points) in probably one of the most highly anticipated games of the round.


The reality is the Roosters need to win all four remaining games and finish on 27 points and hope results go for them to finish in the top eight.

With a dreadful for and against record, the Roosters need 27 points to make it as the GRL Phantom believes 26 points will be the qualifying mark for eighth spot.

Both teams have injury worries.

Tigers full-back Brett Hodgson hasn't been named in the seventeen man outfit for the match.

But the GRL Phantom has good mail the skipper will have a fitness test late Thursday to see if his corked knee has responded to treatment and rest.

The Tigers need Hodgson for several reasons.

His leadership is intangible and top quality.

Hodgson also gives the Tigers a ``three-pronged'' attack inside the opposition quarter-line.

The Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall and Brett Hodgson attacking triangle is hard to defend against. The Tigers are the best front runners in the game.

They change the tempo of the game in attack to suit the trend of the game.

They use the short pass on the edges to find holes in defences.

When they play the ball fast their dummy-half style with Farah and Dene Halatau scatters tacklers like tenpins.

When the Tigers have the tempo of their game, slowed like the Titans did last week - their forwards tend to play in a ``flat line'' and can only run and not have the option of passing before the line.

The Roosters have been the form team over the past month along with Manly.

Freddy Fittler has given the team three key ingredients to the form turnaround.

1. Attacking structure inside their own half. The back rowers and centres, who play on the left and right side of the field, are in position to counter attack and back up Craig Wing's running game.

2. Defensively, they are hitting in numbers and belting the opposition like they did in seasons 2002-03-04 when they made three grand finals.

3. Confidence. Fittler is to the Roosters what Wally Lewis was to Queensland in State of Origin. The players have absolute respect for the former great five-eighth and Australian captain. Fittler wants to be the permanent coach.

The big three for the Tigers in this match are: Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall and Brett Hodgson while for the Roosters they are Craig Wing, Braith Anasta and Ashley Harrison.

Harrison is skipper while inspirational leader Craig Fitzgibbon is out with ankle injuries.

My verdict:

The Roosters by six in a high scoring thriller. - Read More, Here