2020 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Thursday 13th August, 2020 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm? 16c, clear skies

What channel is Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Starting 13: Tedesco, Hall, J. Morris, Manu, Ikuvalu, Keary, Lam, Collins, Friend, Taukeiaho, Tupouniua, Aubusson, Liu – Interchanges: Hutchison, Faamausili, N. Butcher, Fifita– Reserves: Tuipulotu, Bailey

Unavailable: Billy Smith (Injured), Victor Radley (Injured), Sam Verrills (Injured), Daniel Tupou (Injured), Angus Crichton (Injured), Boyd Cordner (Injured), Brett Morris (Injured), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Injured)

  • ● Sydney Roosters made it three wins in a row as their under-strength did enough to overcome St. George Illawarra Dragons last week but they will have to improve on their recent efforts if they are to continue that run as they host Melbourne Storm.
  • The Roosters were 16-24 winners in their best showing in their last four performances, completing at 92% thanks to cutting down the handling errors that have blighted them of late.
  • ● Head coach Trent Robinson was hoping to have a handful of his injured stars available for this clash but only Josh Morris has made it as he slots back into the centres with Mitch Aubusson reverting to the second row whilst Lachlan Lam will continue at halfback.

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Vunivalu, Eisenhuth, Olam, Addo-Carr, Jacks, Hughes, J. Bromwich, B. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: Hynes, Faasuamaleaui, Vete, Asofa-Solomona – Reserves: Earl, Lee

Unavailable: Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Max King (Injured), Paul Momirovski (Injured), Cameron Smith (Injured), Marion Seve (Injured), Ricky Leutele (Quarantined), Cameron Munster (Injured)

  • ● Melbourne Storm put in a strong showing as they racked up 40 points in their win over Canterbury Bulldogs last week with their weakened side comfortably coming out on top to make it seven successive victories.
  • ● Despite completing at just 69%, the Storm were clinical in possession as they ran in seven tries in the 41-10 success and they have now scored more points than any other side in the NRL this season with 350.
  • ● The Storm suffered a further injury blow last week with Cameron Munster suffering a knee injury so Ryley Jacks is promoted from the bench into the run-on side while Ryan Papenhuyzen and Dale Finucane return after the pair were rested for last week’s clash.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm renew their rivalry but both teams will be missing a host of important players for this intriguing clash. The Roosters have won their last three despite not performing particularly well while the Storm have claimed the win in their last seven. It is arguably more important for the Roosters to come out on top with their spot in the top four far from secure but they can take advantage of the Storm missing two key playmakers in Cameron Smith and Cameron Munster by earning revenge for their dramatic golden point defeat earlier in the campaign.

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