17 Sep 2008

Roosters expecting hostile reception at Mt Smart

8:21 am on 17 September 2008

The Sydney Roosters are expecting nothing less than the most hostile of receptions from Warriors fans on Friday night, but their coach Brad Fittler is hoping the unique atmosphere will bring out the best in his team.

Fittler has embraced the prospect of the drums beating and a sell-out crowd for the first NRL preliminary semi-final, with the remaining tickets snapped up yesterday morning in only 11 minutes.

The Roosters have one of the best records in away games this season, and they've won three of their last four matches in Auckland, including a 38-12 win in round 11 this year.