The Roosters and Dolphins clash for the second time in NRL history on Saturday night six months on from one of the biggest upsets of the season.
Both these sides last met in Round 1 for the Dolphins' inaugural clash in the NRL with Wayne Bennett's side springing an upset at Suncorp Stadium on an historic day for the game's 17th team.
Fast forward to August and a lot has changed since then. The Roosters' inconsistencies throughout 2023 have been on full display while the Dolphins had momentum early but have since slipped away.
You can bet the Bondi boys haven't forgotten about the season-opener after being on the wrong end of the scoreline with a return to Allianz Stadium the perfect opportunity to not only get one back but keep their slim finals hopes alive.
Roosters: There are no late changes for the Tricolours with veteran forward Dylan Napa coming in for his first NRL game since 2021. Napa replaces the suspended Nathan Brown in the only change to Trent Robinson's squad from last week.
Dolphins: There visitors are unchanged one hour prior to kick-off. Ray Stone returns from the broken hand he suffered in Round 20 against the Panthers and joins the bench, which pushes Herman Ese'ese back to 18th man. Kodi Nikorima is again the fullback with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow in the centres.
Match: Roosters v Dolphins
Round 24 -
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Dolphins is number 1 Kodi Nikorima
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Dolphins is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Billy SmithCentre for Dolphins is number 3 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Dolphins is number 4 Valynce Te Whare
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph-Aukuso SuaaliiWinger for Dolphins is number 5 Tesi Niu
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke KearyFive-Eighth for Dolphins is number 6 Isaiya Katoa
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Drew HutchisonHalfback for Dolphins is number 7 Sean O'Sullivan
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Dolphins is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Brandon SmithHooker for Dolphins is number 9 Jeremy Marshall-King
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Lindsay CollinsProp for Dolphins is number 10 Mark Nicholls
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Nat Butcher2nd Row for Dolphins is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Siua Wong2nd Row for Dolphins is number 12 Connelly Lemuelu
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor RadleyLock for Dolphins is number 13 Kenneath Bromwich
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Sandon SmithInterchange for Dolphins is number 14 Ray Stone
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Fletcher BakerInterchange for Dolphins is number 15 Josh Kerr
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Terrell MayInterchange for Dolphins is number 16 Anthony Milford
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Dylan NapaInterchange for Dolphins is number 17 Jarrod Wallace
Replacement for Roosters is number 22 Corey Allan
Reserve for Dolphins is number 18 Herman Ese'ese
- Referee: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
- Dolphins winger and leading points-scorer Jamayne Isaako has scored 19 tries in 20 NRL games this season.
- The Dolphins have won only two of their last 10 matches.
- The Roosters have made more tackles than any other NRL team in 2023.
- The Roosters are aiming for their first back-to-back wins since April.
- Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has won eight of his past 10 games against the Roosters.
- Roosters winger Daniel Tupou has scored five tries in his past four games.
- In their only previous game in Sydney, the Dolphins were swamped 58-18 by Manly.
- Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary will make his 200th NRL appearance.
Match: Roosters v Dolphins
Round 24 -
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.