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Round 8 of the NRL season kicks off with a tantalising clash between the Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:50pm (AEST).
No one has looked like toppling the Roosters since the competition restart, but if there’s a side capable of ending the Chooks’ run of five straight wins, it just might be the Melbourne Storm.
Craig Bellamy’s men haven’t been at their best in 2020, but last week’s demolition of the Warriors bodes poorly for the rest of the comp. The New Zealand side might be doing it tough this year, but Melbourne hitting the half-century is ominous regardless of their opponents.
Injuries have hit both these sides hard, particularly the Roosters. While a knee injury has ruled Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster out, the Roosters are without Sam Verrills and Victor Radley, both of whom tore their ACL last week and will miss the rest of the year.
That said, there are some handy inclusions for Sydney, too. James Tedesco is back at fullback, Jake Friend slots into the no.9 jersey and Josh Morris comes into the centres. Ryley Jacks replaces Munster in the Melbourne line-up.
Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
TV: Fox Sports, Nine
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass, 9Now
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Justin Olam, 4. Paul Momirovski, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Ryley Jacks, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane
Bench/Reserves: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 16. Tom Eisenuth, 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 18. Cooper Johns, 19. Marion Seve, 20. Albert Vete, 21. Chris Lewis
1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Brett Morris, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Kyle Flanagan, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Angus Crichton, 13. Nat Butcher
Bench/Reserves: 14. Poasa Faamausili, 15. Sitili Tupouniua, 16. Mitchell Aubusson, 17. Lindsay Collins, 18. Daniel Fifita, 19. Ryan Hall, 20. Freddy Lussick, 21. Lachlan Lam