Steve Mascord It was an early test for Sydney Roosters and a pre-Origin exam for Mitchell Pearce. Despite stern opposition from Johnathan Thurston's North Queensland and unseasonable Townsville rain they both...
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1300Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Saturday 7.30pm (AEST)
Winning Starts Monday
Brad Walter NSW coach Laurie Daley is set to enter the State of Origin series with his players in better form than their Queensland counterparts.
Brookvale Oval, Monday 7pm (AEST)
James Macsmith Sydney Roosters know what the critics are saying - that their path to the top four has been forged by beating up on the NRL's lesser lights - and that Monday's clash with Manly is a chance to silence...
James Polson Join LeagueHQ for full, live coverage as the Manly Sea Eagles host the Roosters.
Utility Daniel Mortimer has signed a two-year contract extension with the Sydney Roosters, tying him to the NRL club until the end of 2015.
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Sunday 3pm (AEST)
Dominic Bossi Join LeagueHQ as Michael Jennings lines up for the Sydney Roosters against his former club.
Adam Pengilly It will be a game forever etched in Dragons history, but St George Illawarra hooker Mitch Rein is wary of a rejuvenated Roosters leaning on last year's heartbreak to fuel an Anzac Day revival.
Steve Mascord Seventies rugby league star Russell Fairfax says the current Melbourne side deserves to beat the record of 19 consecutive wins set by his Roosters team - and will get a step closer to making history...
Steve Jancetic St George Illawarra veteran Nathan Fien says they face an Anzac Day moment of truth because the clash with Sydney Roosters will determine the bona fides of the Dragons' resurgence.
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Thursday 4pm (AEST)
Paul Suttor Join LeagueHQ as the Roosters host the Dragons in the annual Anzac Day clash.
Adrian Proszenko This is what happens when the NRL gets it right. The right venue for the right game. And what a game.
Adrian Proszenko Trent Robinson reckons his side is travelling better than he expected so early in his coaching tenure - but believes Melbourne have their match for now.
Canberra Stadium, Sunday 6.30pm (AEST)
Michael Chammas Anthony Minichiello won't retire at the end of the season, but the veteran fullback concedes that doesn't mean he will be at his beloved Sydney Roosters.
Adrian Proszenko Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis has urged the ARL Commission not to snub the tricolours if extra funding is to be dispensed to clubs, claiming: ''We probably need more help than the west.''