Sonny Bill will line up for the Roosters v Dragons clash today
Sonny Bill will line up for the Roosters v Dragons clash today Matt King / Getty Images

NRL teams go into battle in round 7 of footy fixtures


Roosters V Dragons

History: Played 28, Dragons 17, Roosters 10, draws 1

Last met: Roosters 26-10, round 22, 2012

Since this match became an Anzac Day fixture 11 years ago, the record of the Roosters is abysmal, winning just three times.

Their losing streak is five straight, and seven from the past eight. But that will change this afternoon.

Not only are the Roosters in great form but the Dragons have had a woeful bye week, with Jamie Soward signing elsewhere and continued mutterings over the future of coach Steve Price. Roosters by at least a dozen.



Storm V Warriors

History: Played 31, Storm 16, Warriors 13, 2 draws 1

Last met: Storm 22-12, round 13, 2012

For those who believe in miracles, six wins by the Warriors is the best record of any visiting team in Melbourne.

But after that things unravel, with the Storm having won their past eight at home and are in line for their 15th successive NRL win.

Escaping the rep round injury free has been a huge bonus for the Storm and although the Warriors enjoy playing in Melbourne, the Storm will continue bounding along.

The men in purple have far too much class.



Sea Eagles V Rabbitohs

History: Played 128, Sea Eagles 71, Rabbitohs 57

Last met: Sea Eagles 23-6, round 23, 2012

What a clash this will be, and thankfully Queensland will see it live.

Apart from the unbeaten Storm, these have been the big impression makers in 2013, losing just one match apiece.

While the Rabbitohs have looked good with the ball they have leaked 105 points, whereas the stingy Sea Eagles have conceded half that number.

And that is where this game will be decided.

As is always the case with Manly their brilliant halves, Cherry-Evans and Foran, will be the difference.



Cowboys V Raiders

History: Played 30, Raiders 18, Cowboys 12

Last met: Cowboys 40-18, round 16, 2012

Tonight is when the Cowboys must start to play like the top four certainties they were touted pre-season.

Two from six, and with 110 points scored against them, does not concur with the talent in this team.

But although the Raiders have a decisive winning record when opposing them, the Cowboys have won five on the trot against the Raiders at home.

Expect a big game from Johnathan Thurston who has been relatively quiet of late.


Broncos V Tigers

History: Played 20, Broncos 15, Tigers 4, 1 draw

Last met: Broncos 18-14, round 6, 2012

Everything points to a Broncos victory.

They have won six of their past seven against the Tigers, are unbeaten in seven games at Campbelltown and the Tigers are in an injury-induced shambles.

But these are the games that invariably don't go to script and it spells danger for the Broncos.

With Origin around the corner they need all the points they can garner, and should put these two in the bag.



Titans V Knights

History: Played 9, Knights 5, Titans 4

Last met: Titans 24-14, round 12, 2012

Again this weekend Wayne Bennett is confronted by the question - which team will get off the bus?

At home the Knights have been sensational; on the road abysmal.

The return of Dane Gagai is a plus, but Jeremy Smith remains a massive loss.

The Titans were outstanding in their comeback win against the Eels and with sharp attackers Sezer and Srama returning, they might just have too much for the ageing Knights. Could be a nailbiter.


Sharks V Bulldogs

History: Played 84, Bulldogs 52, Sharks 30, 2 draws

Last met: Bulldogs 26-6, round 11, 2012

Which of the NRLs two most-distracted teams will prevail at Gosford?

The ASADA-Sharks drama played out another scene during the week while the Bulldogs, under pressure from all areas it seems, lost their CEO.

Still without a number of key players and with Ben Barba nowhere near his best, panic stations have been alerted.

Last year's grand finalists are stone motherless last. With Todd Carney back, the Sharks should win - unless side-tracked by ASADA.



Panthers V Eels

History: Played 85, Eels 52, Panthers 32, 1 draw

Last met: Eels 19-18, round 16, 2012

Such is their injury list that just two of the Panthers' backline listed for Monday night would have been in their predicted team at season's start.

And while their pack looks good on paper, they have failed to dominate as many thought they would.

Eels coach Ricky Stuart has stuck solid with the team that capitulated against the Titans and they need to repay him. Jarryd Hayne, Ryan Morgan and Chris Sandow might just have a field day.

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