Newly appointed Sydney City Roosters coach Brad Fittler can equal the record number of wins set by a newly appointed mid season coach this week when the Roosters take on the Melbourne Storm in Sydney.
The chance to equal the record set by Peter Sharp at Manly in 1999 with 3 wins – comes against the highly fancied Melbourne Storm outfit, the Storm are currently on a 7 game winning streak and miles ahead of the NRL pack.
Fittler may use the blueprint from enemies South Sydney against the Storm – with the Bunnies the only team to even trouble Melbourne in recent weeks. The Rabbitohs all but had the Storm beaten in Gosford recently with an agressive style defence that frustrated the Storm and forced them to kick for most of their points.
The Roosters players have obviously responded well to Fittler at the helm and Freddy will be keen for things to continue – as the young coach is assessed by Nick Politis and his boys for a possible role next year and beyond at Bondi.
Following this week against the Storm, the Roosters have the following run home:
Round 21: Warriors (Home)
Round 22: Wests Tigers (Away)
Round 23: Titans (Away)
Round 24: Panthers (Home)
Round 25: Rabbitohs (Away)
On current form, the Roosters should be able to take at least 2 wins (4 points) from this group of matches. Leaving them on 20 points at seasons end – surely enough for the Sydney City club to retain Fittler moving into 2008.