Holden Cup Preview: Big test against Roosters

Wests Tigers Holden Cup Coach Todd Payten says Monday nights big clash will see where his team is at heading into the finals.


The Roosters sit in second place on the ladder on 32 points. Wests Tigers sit four points behind in sixth place.


Wests Tigers go into the game on the back of a convincing 52-34 win over Parramatta last Friday night in which the side played their best attacking football of the season. Sydney Roosters suffered a 38-32 loss to competition leaders Canberra.


Payten said the long week between the Parramatta game and Monday meant it was a good chance for the team to further work on their game.


It also has given me a chance to give a few of our guys a rest that I think needed it, Payten said.


Four players will return to training today. It has been a long year and some of our boys have played plenty of football and with form, body language in games, and at training and rewarding a couple, Ive decided to take the opportunity to freshen them up both mentally and physically.


We will get a real indication of where we are at on Monday. The Roosters have a big and skilful forward pack. They also have a big number of players backing up from last season.


Samisoni Langi at five eighth leads them around with class and is a major threat close to the line. Im looking forward to seeing where we are at leading into the finals.


Kick-off is 4.45pm.