By Brady Foray Writers
Out with the old and in with the new. 2013 will bring in a fresh outlook for the Sydney Roosters. New coach. New CEO. New captain. After the departures of coach Brian Smith and veteran Braith Anasta, the Roosters have welcomed back former assistant Trent Robinson. Alongside Robinson, the Roosters have named the well-deserving, all-time leading try scorer Anthony Minichiello as the captain of the Roosters. The club has signed Sonny-Bill Williams, James Maloney, Luke O’Donnell and James Maloney.
Starting off promisingly enough last year, the Roosters won four of their first six games. This unbuckled however, during their Round 7 clash against the Cowboys in Darwin they were thrashed 50-12 in ridiculous heat. From there, the club managed four more wins and a draw to finish 13th.
Signings: Jack Goodsell (Titans), James Maloney (Warriors), Michael Oldfield (Sea Eagles), Sam Moa (Hull FC), Sonny Bill Williams (Rugby Union), Michael Jennings (Panthers), Luke O’Donnell (Huddersfield), Ben Jones (Cowboys)
Departures: Joseph Leilua (Roosters), Braith Anasta (Tigers), Sam Perrett (Bulldogs, mid-season), Anthony Mitchell (Cowboys, mid-season), Justin Carney (Castleford), Curtis Rona (Cowboys), Peni Tagive (Retired), Mose Masoe (Panthers), Brad Takairangi (Titans), Anthony Cherrington (Roosters)
Key to Success:
New halves combination James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce must click straight away. On their individual days they can be your best player. Together though, their games could go to a whole new level. Pearce (pictured left) was outstanding in a losing team last season managing to score a club-high ten tries. Pearce averaged a whopping twenty tackles a week and assisted 23 of his team’s tries. With Maloney outside him, who managed to bust 71 tackles and set up 16 tries last season, the sky could be the limit for Pearce and the Sydney Roosters in 2013.
Player to Watch:
After re-signing with the Roosters until at least 2016 and being named in the Roosters vice-captain club, don’t expect Boyd Cordner to let all his talking be done off the field. Barely out of his teenage years, Cordner managed to play 22 games for the Roosters in 2012 where he averaged 26 tackles and 77 metres per game. His impact on the field has experts touting him as a future Roosters captain and representative player, something that could happen as soon as this season.
Erratic Eddy says:
“What’s the big deal about the return of the money hungry $BW anyway? I’m appalled that the greatest game of all is even bothering to finance his disloyalty circus. Give it this season or maybe next and he’ll head elsewhere.”
Strongest 17: 1-Anthony Minichiello (C) 2- Tautau Moga 3- Michael Jennings 4- Shaun Kenny-Dowell 5-Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6- James Maloney 7- Mitchell Pearce 8- Jared Waerea-Hargraves 9- Jake Friend 10- Martin Kennedy 11- Aiden Guerra 12- Boyd Cordner 13- Sonny Bill-Williams. Interchange: 14- Nafe Seluini 15- Mitchell Aubusson 16- Frank Paul-Nuuausala 17- Luke O’Donnell. 18th Man: Lami Tasi.
Predicted Position: 9th