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Round 6 continues tonight when the Melbourne Storm host the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:55pm (AEST).
In a year when blow outs are far too common, we can get excited about this clash of the heavyweights. Both clubs have already taken their standard spot in the top eight and get the chance to jump a few spots tonight.
After a relatively slow start to the season, the Storm seemed to have found their groove in the last couple of weeks, albeit against weaker opposition.
However, Craig Bellamy would not have been happy about the Bulldogs scoring three tries last weekend, so we can expect a determined defensive effort against the Roosters.
We know Melbourne have a big forward pack but Harry Grant adds a new dimension to the Storm’s attack. Ryan Papenhuyzen is also one of the form players in the NRL right now and will be looking for opportunities all night long.
Craig Bellamy has named the same 17 players that won last weekend. Nelson Asofa-Solomona has been named at lock with Tui Kamikamica on the bench but they may swap spots as per last week.
Despite the retirement of Jake Friend and the long-term injury to Luke Keary, the Roosters keep finding ways to win. They got out of jail last weekend against the Sharks but had all the momentum when it really mattered.
Sam Walker has definitely lived up to the hype with a number of big plays against Cronulla. Any side with James Tedesco remains a potent attacking threat.
Ben Marschke was successful at the judiciary on Tuesday night and will play hooker in place of the injured Freddy Lussick. Lindsay Collins returns from a head knock and Adam Keighran gets a start on the interchange bench.
The Sharks ran a lot of attack at Sam Walker last Saturday night and it almost paid off.
The Storm will likely do the same and they have the ability to keep that pressure up for longer.
Melbourne Storm by 10.
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Bench/Reserves: 14. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes
1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Ben Marschke 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley
Bench/Reserves: 14. Adam Keighran 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins