If you’re missing a review of the Manly game from us here at 26 Rounds, you won’t get one, sadly: this writer was off in the country and unable to watch the game by the time this was published. However, all the stats for that game can be found at the foot of this team announcement. 

Sydney Roosters

Robbo’s named the exact same squad he named on Tuesday last week before he went and pulled a swifty prior to the clash against Manly by shifting Guerra to 5/8, Niko to the bench and Liu to the starting side.

“The Source” has heard whispers that the big fella, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, is not far off a return and was aiming for this week or next, though he hasn’t been named this week. If it’s next week, expect him to come off the bench but don’t be overly surprised if there is a “shock” late call-up prior to the Warriors clash — though it still remains doubtful. He hasn’t played since August 22 last year.

For reference, this is the club’s worst start since 2007 when it started 0-5, which at the time was its worst start since the 1966 season when it lost all 18 of its games. But from all reports the Roosters did progress/improve last week, and some sections are saying we wuz robbed. ROBBED, THEY TELLS ME!! Regardless, if the Chooks had kicked goals at an acceptable rate in that game we’d be looking at 1-3, instead of 0-4. Alas, this week’s game against a disappointing Warriors squad is perhaps the club’s best chance at getting a digit on the board in the next three rounds with the Bunnies and Panthers next on the agenda.

Sydney Roosters Team for Round Five

1 Latrell Mitchell
2 Daniel Tupou
3 Brendan Elliott
4 Blake Ferguson
5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6 Jayden Nikorima
7 Jackson Hastings
8 Sam Moa
9 Jake Friend (c)
10 Dylan Napa
11 Aidan Guerra
12 Mitchell Aubusson
13 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
14 Isaac Liu
15 Kane Evans
16 Mitchell Frei
17 Eloni Vunakece
24 Abraham Papalii.

: Trent Robinson

New Zealand Warriors

The Roosters have moved this game to Gosford, thus robbing the non-travelling Roosters fan the chance to “welcome back” Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at Allianz. RTS has been somewhat of a disappointment across the bug dutch, but regardless starts again at fullback this weekend, with no other changes to last week’s team named by under-fire coach Andrew McFadden.

The UnZud club won its first game of the year last week, a drubbing of the hapless Knights. Typically a slow-starting club, they’ll be keen on making an earlier march up the ladder than they traditionally make with another win against a struggling Bondi club.

New Zealand Warriors Team for Round Five

1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2 Tuimoala Lolohea
3 Blake Ayshford
4 Solomone Kata
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Shaun Johnson
7 Jeff Robson
8 Jacob Lillyman
9 Issac Luke
10 Ben Matulino
11 Simon Mannering
12 Ryan Hoffman
13 Albert Vete

14 Jazz Tevaga
15 Sam Lisone
16 Charlie Gubb
17 Konrad Hurrell

Coach: Andrew McFadden

Round Four Stat Summary

Manly Sea Eagles 22 (Taufua, Walker, Lyon tries; Lyon 5 goals) defeated Sydney Roosters 20 (Kenny-Dowall 2, Ferguson, Tupou tries; Hastings, Taukeiaho goals) at Allianz Stadium.

All stats are accrued via, and may differ from those found on other databases such as or Supercoach, which use a different provider and which aren’t readily available in as much detail.

(Click on the chart below to enlarge or, for smartphones, flip the phone on its side.) 



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