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Eels take cautious approach into Roosters clash

WARY: Eels’ Jarryd Hayne.
WARY: Eels’ Jarryd Hayne.

STAR Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne is wary of a big Sydney Roosters pack going into tonight's clash at Allianz Stadium, despite the defending premiers being without the suspended Sonny Bill Williams.

Hayne said the Roosters, with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner and Mitch Aubusson in their starting forwards, as well as French import Remi Casty coming off the bench, would still be formidable.

"Last year, the way they dominated the competition, they led through their forwards, so it's going to be a big task," Hayne said.

"There's no other team you'd want to play right now than the Roosters just to see where you're at."

Hayne was predicting the Bondi club would be hungry following last week's 28-8 loss to South Sydney, while adding his side had improved dramatically since winning the wooden spoon last year.

The Eels beat the Warriors 36-16 last Sunday.

"To outmuscle a physical team like them was big for us,'' Hayne said. "We haven't done that against teams for a long time." Roosters giant Moa said his team responded to its opening-round defeat this week by training hard, and said his team could handle the loss of dynamic back-rower Williams.

"We've got a lot of depth at the club - while Sonny's out it's going to give another guy an opportunity," he said.

The Roosters will be on the lookout for flying Eels winger Semi Radradra, the Fijian's hat-trick against the Warriors lifting his tally to eight tries in as many games.

But the Eels will miss Nathan Peats, serving a one-game club suspension because of ill discipline.

Peats pulled off 43 tackles against the Warriors.

 

GAME DAY

ROOSTERS V EELS

At Allianz Stadium, 6.30pm

Also: Warriors v Dragons, 2pm

Storm v Panthers, 4.30pm

(All times AEST)

Topics:  footy tipping nrl parramatta eels sydney roosters


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