2020 NRL World Club Challenge Preview
The Sydney Roosters will be looking to separate themselves from the Wigan Warriors on Sunday morning by becoming the first side to win five World Club Challenge trophies.
their way is St Helens, the defending Super League champions. The Saints will
be making their eighth appearance at this event as they look to put 2015’s shutout
loss to the Rabbitohs behind them.
are currently favouring the Roosters by plenty despite losing star fullback
Latrell Mitchell to South Sydney and Cooper Cronk to retirement during the
offseason. This is a tough game to bet on with very little value head-to-head,
but we’re confident we’ve found some value plays in our preview below.
Not only is
Trent Robinson’s side looking to win a fifth World Club Challenge, but the
Roosters are also hoping to become the first club to win back-to-back trophies
in the history of the competition.
The reigning NRL premiers are currently laying -9.5 on the road even with a handful of last years stars missing. Aside from Latrell and Cronk, Sydney will also be without captain Boyd Cordner and hooker Sam Verrills.
this will worry Trent Robinson, though. Depth is the Roosters’ biggest
strength, leaving Robinson with the simple decision to play Angus Crichton in
Latrell’s absence and Sitili Tupouniua in place of Cordner.
no problem scoring points in this game last year winning 20-8 over Wigan. This
one could turn out a little closer against a St Helens side that score in a
hurry, but I expect the Roosters to keep their composure as Robinson employs a
fairly simple gameplan.
are three weeks into their season, although they too are nursing a long list of
and Lachlan Coote are both in doubt, while centre Mark Percival is out
indefinitely after suffering a shoulder injury last weekend against Hull.
St Helens has
the added advantage of being match fit, but the defending Super League champs
have shown some signs of fatigue – most recently losing to Warrington 19-0 a
The Saints should put up a respectable number on the scoreboard, but at the end of the day, it’s tough to see them penetrating Sydney’s dominant forward line and also keeping the likes of James Tedesco out of the equation.
Tip: Back the Roosters to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.92