The Tricolours’ casualty ward is housing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of talent — Joseph Suaalii, Luke Keary, Lindsay Collins and Billy Smith are all battling season-ending injuries while Matt Ikuvalu and Josh Morris have been ruled out until the finals series.
In addition, injuries have forced veterans Jake Friend, Brett Morris and Boyd Cordner into retirement this season.
Remarkably, despite their slew of injuries, the Roosters are still a chance to finish the regular season in the top four.
The side’s victory over Parramatta in round 20 put it on equal competition points with the fourth-placed Eels with five games to play.
“We’re pretty clear on how we want to play and the game that we’ve been trying to build with reforming the combinations and new players in,” coach Trent Robinson said after Thursday night’s win.
“We’re confident in our style of play and now it’s about executing it.
“It was the intensity of play that got us the result (against Parramatta).”