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NRL: Roosters face daunting Storm test

Having lost both encounters with Melbourne Storm already this season, Sydney Roosters know they head to AAMI Park on Friday night with a big challenge ahead of them.

However, there is renewed hope for the Roosters, as they head into this match on the back of six successive wins and will be looking to cause an upset under the lights in Melbourne.

WhatMelbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters
WhereAAMI Park, Melbourne
When19:50 (AEST) Saturday 15th September, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsMelbourne Storm 1.28, Sydney Roosters 3.75

Melbourne seeking response 

After a 26-0 defeat at the hands of the Brisbane Broncos last time out, head coach Craig Bellemy will be seeking a strong response from his players this weekend.

However, they will have to go again without fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen after he suffered a fractured ankle in the heavy defeat to the Broncos.

Xavier Coates is also set to miss this next game after picking up his own ankle injury, meaning Reimis Smith comes in as cover on the wing.

Young Tonumaipea suffered a head knock against the Broncos and has been replaced in the centres by PNG international Justin Olam.

Meanwhile, a much better attacking performance will be required on Friday night to see off a resurgent Roosters side.

Halves Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes were disappointing against Brisbane and will be eager to put things right against the Roosters.

Melbourne are the firm favourites to get back to winning ways, with the Storm available at 1.28 to claim the victory on home soil and set up a preliminary final showdown with reigning champions the Penrith Panthers.   

Roosters on a roll

A 13-12 win over Cronulla Sharks in their first postseason game saw Sydney Roosters make it six wins on the spin for head coach Trent Robinson.

Confidence is high in the Roosters camp as they prepare to go to AAMI Park, which has not been a happy hunting ground for them in recent years.

Winning four of their 11 visits, Sydney will know how tough Friday’s encounter will be, especially as they have injury concerns of their own.

In a triple blow for the visitors, Joseph Manu (hamstring), Billy Smith (jaw) and Joseph Suaali'i (concussion) are all set to miss the trip to Melbourne.

Robinson has gone with Paul Momirovski and Corey Allan as the new centre partnership, while Jaxson Paulo has been selected out on the wing.

The Roosters have done remarkably well to reach this stage of the competition and will be desperate to set up what would be a mouthwatering encounter with the Panthers, as two of the most successful sides in the modern game would go head to head.

First, they must get past the Storm in their own backyard and the Roosters are available at 3.75 to pull off the victory in Melbourne.   

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