Roosters Test Premiership Credentials

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Anthony Minichello scored against the Cowboys last week. Source: Gregg Porteous/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 4, 2012 – Melbourne Storm 44 d Sydney Roosters 4 at AAMI Park
Round 26, 2011 – Sydney Roosters 40 d Melbourne 8 at Allianz Stadium
Round 14, 2011 – Melbourne Storm 21 d Sydney Roosters 4 at AAMI Park
Round 14, 2010 – Sydney Roosters 38 d Melbourne Storm 6 at AAMI Park
Round 25, 2009 – Melbourne Storm 38 d Sydney Roosters 4 at Olympic Park Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10 
Roosters

W

W

W

W

W

Storm

W

W

L

L

D


The Roosters  have named an unchanged side to that which scored a hard fought 12-8 victory against North Queensland in round ten for their clash with the Storm  at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night. With first choice props Sam Moa (injured) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (suspended) unavailable, Luke O’Donnell continues in the front row alongside Martin Kennedy as Trent Robinson’s men try to extend their winning run to six matches.

After starting the season with seven consecutive victories, Melbourne has now gone three weeks without a win following their 10-10 draw with the Sea Eagles on Monday night and the same 17 man squad from that match has been retained, with Slade Griffin to travel to Sydney as 18th man. Will Chambers was a late withdrawal against Manly with a back problem and he misses out again, with Maurice Blair continuing in the centres.

1st Tryscorer

Anthony Miniciello  may not possess the same electrifying speed that he had earlier in his career but there is no doubting that he is one of the most canny operators in the game today. He has scored the first try of the match twice already this season including last Saturday night in Townsville.

With Matt Duffie ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery this week, Mahe Fonua  is now the first winger picked for the Storm. He is Melbourne’s joint top tryscorer having scored six tries in his opening eight matches of 2013 and will be desperate to get across the line again after coming up empty-handed against the Panthers and Sea Eagles in the last fortnight.

Prediction

Although the Storm haven’t been at their best over the past month, they put in an improved performance against Manly in round ten and do often save their best for the ‘big’ teams. They will need to lift again however, with the Roosters arguably the best team in the competition at the moment. They have been particularly good at Allianz Stadium, where they have conceded just 16 points in their five most recent matches. Sydney Roosters by 2

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