Josh Ma
Josh Ma DAVID ROWLAND

By Josh, Roosters need to stop him

STOP Josh Mansour.

If the Sydney Roosters want to continue to be a thorn in the side of top eight sides they will have to find a way to stop the Penrith powerhouse from racking up the big metres in their Pepper Stadium clash tonight.

They put a dent in Brisbane's finals hopes last weekend and now they can inflict some serious pain on Penrith, which sits in ninth place and desperate for premiership points.

Mansour, a member of Laurie Daley's NSW Blues who beat Queensland in the third Origin game, has claims to the game's number one winger in a season when spectacular tries have dominated highlight reels.

But while many of his rivals get across the tryline with amazing aerial acrobatics, Mansour uses a combination of speed, footwork and strength to score.

In the Panthers' golden point loss last week to the Warriors, Mansour smashed out an amazing 266 metres from a game-high 24 carries.

He had two line breaks and scored two tries in a man-of-the-match performance.

Coach Anthony Griffin will want a similar performance from his big winger tonight.

Mansour has run more than 200 metres per game and has had an amazing 36 tackle breaks in his past three games, highlighting how important it will be to reduce his impact.

After winning the last three minor premierships Roosters coach Trent Robinson will want to make sure his players finish 2016 strongly

Boyd Cordner, Latrell Mitchell, who scored two tries against Penrith in round seven, Blake Ferguson and Dylan Napa need big games to cause an upset.


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