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By @WarrenAnscombe

 

 

Roosters vs Penrith

 

 

It’s a battle of East vs West on Monday night, when the Roosters host the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium.

 

Both sides have had impressive starts to the season, and despite the Panthers losing playmaker Jamie Soward, I think we could still be in for a riveting encounter.

 

The Roosters have won 8 of the past 15 at this ground against Penrith, as well as 3 of the past 4 at all venues with their loss coming by a single point in a thrilling Week 1 Finals match last year.

 

Whilst Isaac John is an able replacement for the Panthers, I think they will really miss the kicking game of Soward both in general play and in the red zone.

 

Conversely Mitchell Pearce seems to have taken his game to another level and has learnt to control the game off the back of a big, mobile pack and for me that will be the difference here.

 

I still expect the mountain men to give a good account of themselves, but ultimately I think the Roosters have too many strike weapons at their disposal and expect them to prevail in this one.

 

Verdict: Roosters 1-12 at $3.20 with Screenshot 2014-05-03 15.52.18

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