Last season, the Sydney Roosters failed to inspire confidence and slipped out of NRL playoff contention very quickly but Trent Robinson’s side have found their feet in recent months. In the 2016 campaign, Sydney handed debuts to 11 first team players and their complete lack of experience showed on more than one occasion.
With a year’s worth of knowledge now under their belts, the Roosters’ young stars are playing some scintillating attacking footy and plenty of fans will be backing the 13-time Premiership champions to lift the title at the end of the season.
Michael Gordon, arguably Sydney’s most under-rated player, still leads the way at the top of the points scoring charts, and the 33-year-old has found his best form since joining the Roosters last summer. Given the opportunity, Gordon could be crucial to guiding Sydney all the way to the NRL Grand Final.
His reliability and consistency as a kicker stands him tall above his peers but he has a unique ability to join in and start attacking sets from receiving the ball deep in his own half – and that is what makes him such a dangerous player. If Gordon plays well, there’s a good chance Sydney do too.
But Gordon or no Gordon, Sydney will still have trouble stopping the Melbourne Storm. After finishing at the summit of the NRL regular season ladder, most supporters (as well as The Obstruction Rule) expected Melbourne to go on and win the Grand Final but it all came unstuck against an exceptional Cronulla Sharks outfit. [Read more…]