The best game to watch this weekend, and how to watch it
Has all the rain got you itching to get outdoors and see some well-built men, hear some big thuds and break into a sweat? If so, we hope you’ve got your ticket to Future Music Festival ready to go.
But if you’re yet to make a plan, never fear, the party-hungry human traffic isn’t the only buzz on Anzac Parade. The Sydney Roosters take on the Penrith Panthers at the SFS (AKA Allianz Stadium) this Sunday at 3pm in our pick of the weekend’s footy.
The Local Taphouse is only a stone’s throw from the ground and boasts one of Sydney’s best collections of tap beers. Those foamy, warm mid-gamers will go down much more easily after you’ve gotten a few world-class brews into you. And you’ll get a laugh or two telling your mates you’ve just had your lips around a Mountain Goat or Prickly Moses (yes, they are beers!)
Who to watch
Roosters lock Jared Waerea-Hargreaves can break a match, or a man, wide open with his iron shoulders and unlikely finesse, but the Panthers pack, led by veteran Luke Lewis, will ensure he is a marked man. On his day, Penrith flyer Michael Jennings is harder to control than a fixie on Foveaux Street, though the (potentially) slippery ball might not suit him. And keep an eye on the two fullbacks: Anthony Minichiello might have ten years on Lachlan Coote, but candles mean nothing to the blokes who hand out the blue jerseys.
The boys from Bondi will be flying high after their tight win over the Bunnies last weekend and should have enough in them to just hold off the Panthers who blew an early lead to fall to Des Hasler’s Bulldogs, and lost a few men doing it.
Did you know?
Minichiello and Lewis are the only survivors of the 2003 Grand Final when the Panthers shocked the nation to go from cellar-dwellers to champs.
You’re never short of a pub in Paddington and Darlo, but for something different, try the rooftop of Hunky Dory Social Club. There are rumours of sunshine, but if the clouds tear up again, the boys will rig up a very effective, and cool, shelter – the show is actually quite Pirates of the Caribbean! And win, lose or draw, a Long Island Ice Tea will go down a treat.
Best of the rest of the codes
Expect fireworks when the Melbourne Rebels take on the Queensland Reds on Saturday night in the union (8.40PM AEST). Beale, O’Conor, Genia, Iaone and... Cipriani all on the same field!