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Roosters $4.50 favourites to lead the competition at the halfway stage.

Posted on 27/02 by Joe Gann

Roosters $4.50 favourites to lead the competition at the halfway stage.
The Roosters are highly fancied to be leading the race for the Minor Preniership after the first twelve rounds.

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All eyes will be on big-spending Sydney Roosters this season with Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco recruited to the club, and they are being backed to lead the competition at the half-way stage. By the time the campaign reaches the completion of Round 12, punters are predicting that the Chooks will have their noses in front of their rivals, courtesy of a comfortable looking opening set of fixtures.

With double-headers against the beleaguered Warriors and Bulldogs as well as games against wooden spoon favourites the Tigers and Titans, Roosters coach Trent Robinson can be well pleased with the early hand he has been dealt. The fixture list has conspired to keep them from locking horns with Storm, the Cowboys or the Eels until after Origin has commenced; a notoriously unpredictable period of the season and one which can alter the trajectory of a team’s campaign.

In fact, the only members of last year’s top eight that the Tricolours will face in the initial stages are the Broncos, Sea Eagles and Sharks; it provides the Bondi club with a fantastic opportunity to hit the ground running in a season in which much is expected of the team.

However, while the big-name arrivals have stolen the limelight, the departure of some of the club’s established names has flown under the radar somewhat. The potential effects stemming from the loss of Mitchel Pearce, Aiden Guerra and Connor Watson shouldn’t be discounted despite news of their exits having been overshadowed by the feel-good factor generated by the new arrivals.

With the Roosters making their home a fortress with nine wins from ten in the 2017 regular season, they became the masters of winning tight encounters with a record twelve victories achieved by the margin of a converted try or less and they will be confident of taking maximum points from their opening Allianz encounters this time around.

At the half-way point in the 2017 campaign, they were lying in fifth following a start that yielded eight wins and sixteen points from the first dozen games; the pressure will be on to improve upon that return this year given the increased expectation levels.

The Sydney Roosters are $4.50 to top the ladder after Round 12.

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