John Sutton and Adam Reynolds will be gunning for an Origin jersey. Image courtesy of: Source: Gregg Porteous / DailyTelegraph
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm
Friday May 16 – 7:45 PM (AEST)
The first half of the South Sydney Rabbitohs v Gold Coast Titans game on Saturday was by far the best 40 minutes of football played this season. Scoring four tries in the space of 15 minutes, the Bunnies proved they are back. On the other hand, Melbourne Storm once again showed they know how to grind out a game. Coming back from two tries down with 20 minute remaining, their goal line defence was amazing, defiantly denying wave after wave of Manly attack.
Greg Inglis is a superstar, everyone knows that. But how good is Dylan Walker? His speed is phenomenal, his skill improves every week and he is a very smart footballer, a quality only a few possess in the modern game. Nabbing four tries in the win on the Gold Coast, Walker showed he's a representative player in the making. With Origin selection less than a week away, it's crunch time for a couple of Redfern players. Inglis is a shoe-in. Ben Te’o and Chris McQueen are both probable. But with the drama surrounding Mitchell Pearce and the form of James Maloney being less than desirable, half-back Adam Reynolds and five-eighth John Sutton are waiting in the wings. Coach Michael Maguire has named an unchanged line-up, with Joel Reddy and Ben Lowe being added to an extended bench.
Interesting how once again, the “Big 3” at Storm are firing up. Coming into the Origin period, they just begin to click. Having to fight back for 12 points down, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cam Smith showed why they are the spine of the Kangaroos. With the Bromwich brothers coming into their own and Tohu Harris gaining a lot of confidence from representing his country two weeks ago, the Storm are finding their feet at the best possible time. Not to mention Ryan Hoffman is almost a certainty to snag a sky blue jumper. Craig Bellamy has been forced to make one change, with Joel Romelo coming in for Ben Hampton (suspension) at five-eighth.
This game should be the pick of the round. Big forward packs going head-to-head, class players running into holes and players looking to prove themselves ahead of Origin. The class of the Bunnies should see them home.