NRL Nines Team Predictions: Roosters
Posted by Christopher Yang
Posted in NRL
With the NRL’s latest format being revealed just days ago, we here at Undisputed Sports thought it would be interesting to begin compiling who we think would make the cut into each teams respective 9 a side team.
As it currently stands, the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines will take place on February 15-16 in 2014 at Eden Park with all 16 NRL clubs to battle it out for a prize pool exceeding $2 million dollars.
A committee has been developed to iron out some of the finer rules of the format, but the more noticeable changes include:
- Two nine minute halves (Total game time 18 minutes)
- Teams consisting of 14 players (9 on at any one time and 5 on the bench)
- Unlimited interchange
- Five player scrums
- All kicks for goal are via drop kick
- 3 minute sin bins
With all of this in mind, it’s time to identify and analyze the team that the 2013 minor premiers, the Sydney Roosters would take with them into the nines tournament.
|4||Sonny Bill Williams|
|5||Shaun Kenny Dowall|
|8||Frank Paul Nuuasala|
In a competition which will be dominated by big, mobile, ball playing forwards, the Sydney Roosters field a formidable line-up capable of challenging for the top prize.
The Bondi boys have based their entire NRL campaign based on offloading and hard running forwards hitting holes off quick play the balls.
Fielding Sonny Bill Williams out wider will give him more space to move and utilize his vast array of skills; a frightening proposition for any opposition. Aiden Guerra showed his utility value in the Round 26 clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, playing in the centres and scoring a try.
NSW Origin halves James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce will be instrumental in getting their forwards on the front foot but it will be their rapid running game that will cause the most damage.
In a lineup filled with big name players, it is light-stepping rookie fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck who will undoubtedly shine on the NRL Nines stage. As he has proven throughout the season, he doesn’t need much space at all to make a break and with the extra freedom of playing on a more open field, look out for him to wreck havoc.
Predicted Finish: 3rd