Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Monday 7pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Roosters 44 bt Tigers 20 at Allianz Stadium, Round 25, 2012
Head-to-head: Tigers 8 Roosters 14
Referees: Gerard Sutton, Phil Haines.
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
TAB: Tigers $8.50 Roosters $1.08
FootyTab: Tigers +26.5
Phil Mitchell writes: Under-siege Tigers coach Mick Potter couldn’t be blamed if he was secretly grateful for Benji Marshall’s controversial video announcing his signing with the Auckland Blues Super Rugby team. At least the media focus has been on Marshall’s arguably ill-timed appearance in a Blues jersey instead of speculation that Potter’s cards are marked at the Tigers after a dismal season. But the spotlight will inevitably fall back on Potter if the Tigers slump to a sixth consecutive defeat on Monday, especially if the scoreline is one-sided as widely predicted. There’s certainly little to suggest otherwise – the ladder-leading Roosters have won six of their past seven clashes with the Tigers, are on a seven-match winning streak and welcome back Sonny Bill Williams from suspension.
Phil's tip: Roosters by 22.
AAP writes: This is as big a mismatch you could currently conjure up. The Roosters are gunning for eight straight, while the Tigers have lost their last five. In a battle of the code-hoppers, Tigers coach Mick Potter has stuck with Super Rugby-bound Benji Marshall, Lote Tuqiri returns to the Tigers’s wing for the first time in over a year, and Sonny Bill Williams will slot back in at second row for the Roosters after serving a two week suspension. A victory here for the Roosters will make it very hard for the Rabbitohs to chase them down for the minor premiership. They’ll likely win big.
Key: The form of Roosters halves Mitchell Pearce and James Maloney should be a class above the Tigers’ Braith Anasta and an out of sorts Marshall.
TIGERS: James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Blake Aysford, Tim Simona, Lote Tuqiri, Benji Marshall (capt), Braith Anasta, Keith Galloway, Joel Luani, Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Suaso Sue. Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Jack Buchanan, Bodene Thompson, Curtis Sironen, Masada Iosefa, Shaun Spence, Matt Bell (three to be omitted).
ROOSTERS: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Wearea-Hargreaves, Nathan Friend, Sam Moa, Aidan Guerra, Sonny Bill Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Tinirau Arona, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa.