Closest race to the finals in recent history: Cordner

Sydney Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner says the run to the 2018 finals is one of the closest in recent memory ahead of his team’s top four showdown against St George Illawarra on Sunday.

Cordner’s Roosters are just starting to hit their straps but they will have a real test this weekend against the Dragons who found form themselves with a win away from home in North Queensland.

“Anyone in the top eight [could win it]. There has been some teams that have been really good for a few weeks and then another team takes over,” Cordner told Fairfax Media earlier this week.

“Teams also fly under the radar like Melbourne, they are going to be really hard to beat come September. I don’t think there is a real standout right at the moment.

“There’s teams like Souths, Dragons, they have proven that, and obviously Melbourne but anyone in the top eight. Injuries play a big part in that, if you hit form at the right time, anyone can give it a shake.”

Cordner also said the Roosters were planning some payback for the Saints after going down in their Anzac Day clash earlier in the season.

“[They] had a good win on the weekend and the last time we played them was on Anzac Day and we’ll be looking to get one back on them.”

Roosters and the Dragons kicks off at 4.10pm on Sunday at Allianz Stadium.

Catch The81stMinute Call Team this Saturday from 2pm live on steelesports.com.au for the Intrust Super Premiership clash between Mounties and the North Sydney Bears.

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