Roosters to take on Jets in trial
FOOTY season is almost upon us and with more than 4000 fans expected to watch the Roosters versus Ipswich Jets trial, it seems the city can’t wait for the NRL season to start.
The Roosters arrived in the city yesterday ahead of tomorrow night’s match.
They visited factory workers at their major sponsor Steggles in Wulkuraka and then had dinner at Brothers Leagues Club.
The Roosters have selected a team filled with rookies and genuine NRL stars, including Anthony Minichielo.
Two former Ipswich Grammar School students Lama Tasi and Tom Guymer will play in the match which many are predicting will be quite close despite the fact it is the Queensland Cup wooden spooners taking on the NRL grand finalists.
Tasi, a backrower or prop, is an impressive sight in the flesh and is arguably the biggest member of the Roosters squad.
He is yet to play an NRL game and Tasi said he wanted to prove to coach Brian Smith he has what it takes to play in the NRL with a big effort against the Jets.
The former Goodna Eagles junior and Manly Sea Eagles Toyota Cup star will come off the bench in tomorrow night’s trial.
“I just want to use these few games to show what I can do and its up to Smithy (Brian Smith) from there,” Tasi said.
“I’m looking forward to playing in front of my friends and family in Ipswich.”
Minichielo said he wanted to find consistency in his game, and finding form in the trials was important.
The former New South Wales regular said he was not concerned about regaining an Origin spot.
“I’m focusing on playing well for the Roosters first, not worrying Origin,” Minichiello said.
“We have a real confidence in the team this pre-season. There’s a good feeling in the club.
“We’ve had a better pre-season this year then we did the year before.”
The Roosters will hold an open training session and autograph opportunity today at Briggs Road from 4.45pm.