Storm Looking For Another Rooster Roast

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The Storm host the Roosters in Round 7. Image courtesy of: heraldsun.com.au

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Storm v Roosters


AAMI Park

Saturday April 18 – 7:35 PM (AEST)

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With Billy Slater likely to be out for a month, Storm  have unearthed a solid replacement for the Maroons fullback ahead of their home clash with the Roosters .

Playing in just his second NRL game, Cameron Munster stepped up to fill 'Billy the Kid's' shoes against the Raiders in Canberra. The Rockhampton product chimed in with 22 runs for 183 metres and crossed for a crucial try . His efforts at the back, and those of Jesse Bromwich up front, were the difference. Bromwich ran a massive 259m and made 33 tackles in a man of the match performance. Fellow Kiwi Tohu Harris also had a quality 80mins, with 165m and 40 tackles. Skipper Cameron Smith chipped in with a game-high 55 tackles, as well as three crucials goals in the 14-10 victory. Interestingly, coach Craig Bellamy has stuck to his successful 17, but added four players (Kenny Bromwich, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Ben Hampton and Hymel Hunt) on an extended bench. 

In a side beaten by a Broncos golden try last week, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was massive for the Tri-colours. The fullback ran for 288m to follow up the previous week's 339m. He's run averaging 247 metres per game after six rounds. Surely with those kind of number, tries will start flowing Tuivasa-Sheck ! There's no panic at Bondi, but coach Trent Robinson has made some changes. Co-captain Jake Friend gets his first start of the season after playing 65 minutes off the bench and making a whopping 55 tackles. Dylan Napa replaces the suspended Sam Moa and Sio Siua Taukeiaho moves to lock. Matt McIIwrick and Isaac Liu drop to the bench alongside Lagi Setu and Kane Evans.  Willie Manu's 18th man.

A worrying sign for the Roosters is that they've lost two of three road games this season and are taking on a team which has won both its home matches impressively, 30-14 over the Warriors and 36-18 against the Sharks.

With a number of quality kickers in both sides, the 40/20 'YES'   option looks great value!

 

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