Sydney v Melbourne, in Adelaide?
The NRL’s top two collide in the city of churches and it’ll be the people of Adelaide saying their prayers that the eight (nine including Munster) Origin representatives get through unscathed on Wednesday night.
The Roosters come in fresh off the bye while the Storm has won four in a row including two nail-biters against the Sharks and the Cowboys. Because of this, they’ve opened up a four-point lead at the top of the NRL ladder with a chance to make that six this weekend.
Brodie Croft, Brandon Smith and Curtis Scott took the NRL world by storm (pardon the pun) last week with a dazzling display without their Queensland representatives, however, only the latter remains in the side this week, starting on the bench. Cameron Munster and Jesse Bromwich were ultra-impressive in the win, displaying their leadership qualities with the Kiwi big man playing an astonishing 73 minutes in the win.
Young Tonumaipea moves to the centre position with Cheyse Blair still injured to match up on the dynamic Latrell Mitchell.
There are heavyweight battles all over the park in this one, none more so intriguing than Boyd Cordner and Felise Kaufusi. The Storm second-rower is in the midst of a career-best stretch and can’t have been far away from Queensland selection while the New South Wales captain is riding high and leading from the front, both at club and at representative level.
The nimble footwork of Kaufusi against the strength and ferocity of Cordner is one to keep your eyes out for.
So who wins the top of the table clash?
The Storm will start as slight favourites, however, with talk that Craig Bellamy could rest star fullback Billy Slater, that could change the balance of the scales.
As it stands, we like the Storm. The two sides generally stack up quite evenly against each other on both sides of the ball however with their role players in just as good a form as their stars, it appears they’ll be too potent in attack.
Storm by 6.
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