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Round 14 of the NRL Premiership continues tonight when the Sydney Roosters take on the Melbourne Storm at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEST.
In this Origin period, wins against fellow finals contenders are like gold. The Roosters and Storm have both been heavily impacted by Origin selection, with a win tonight just making their finals surge a little easier.
After arguably their best half of the season against the Sharks a fortnight ago, the Roosters crashed back to earth last weekend. The 22-16 defeat to the Raiders could easily bite the tri-colours at season’s end.
Whilst the loss of James Tedesco to Origin impacted the team’s cohesion, a forward pack missing Waerea-Hargreaves, Collins and Radley didn’t measure up to the Raiders. Only some return this weekend.
All Origin so that Joey Manu goes back to centre and Kevin Naiqama to the reserves. Daniel Suluka-Fifuta also drops out of the 17. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves remains on the injured list.
The Storm have been off their game over the last month, although the return of Jahrome Hughes helped them knock over the Sea Eagles a fortnight ago. More cavalry return this weekend.
Back closer to full strength, the Storm are legitimate contenders for the premiership. Behind a perhaps underrated forward pack, Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes will be looking to cause plenty of problems for the Roosters defensive line.
Similar to the Roosters, all Origin players (minues Xavier Coates) have been named to start. Nelson Asofa-Solomona will make his return from a knee injury and with Harry Grant’s return to the team, Tui Kamikamica and Brandon Smith move to the bench.
This is a difficult one to predict, as there may well be some late changes.
However, Craig Bellamy’s teams just tend to get things done in these type of games.
I expect Melbourne to get home in a close game.
Melbourne Storm by 4
1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Drew Hutchison 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Nat Butcher
14. Connor Watson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Egan Butcher 17. Terrell May 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 20. Ben Marschke 21. Naufahu Whyte 22. Kevin Naiqama 23. Billy Smith
1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam
5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King
14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Trent Loiero 17. Alec MacDonald 18. Chris Lewis 19. Jayden Nikorima 20. Tyran Wishart 21. Jordan Grant 22. Bronson Garlick 23. William Warbrick 24. Grant Anderson