Match Preview - Qualifying Final
Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters
Friday 11 September, 7:55pm
TV: GO Channel, LIVE from 7:30pm
Online: NRL Digital Pass
Radio: ABC, 2GB, Triple M
Hosting rights to a home preliminary final are on the line on Friday night when Melbourne face the Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
Both sides enter the clash carrying good form and momentum into their respective finals campaigns. The Roosters are undefeated since Round 13 while Storm have recorded back-to-back wins against top four opponents in the final two rounds of the season.
Having met twice already in season 2015, Storm and the Roosters have shared the spoils. Storm got the better of Sydney at home at AAMI Park early in the year before Trent Robinson's side returned serve in the reverse fixture in Round 12 at Allianz Stadium.
Craig Bellamy has opted for an unchanged 17 players for a second consecutive week while Sydney have named an 18-man squad with Matt McIlwrick coming onto an extended, five-man interchange bench.
Melbourne Storm: 1. Cameron Munster, 2. Marika Koroibete, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Kurt Mann, 5. Matt Duffie, 6. Blake Green, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Tim Glasby, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 14. Kenny Bromwich, 15. Christian Welch, 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 17. Jordan McLean
Sydney Roosters: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Blake Ferguson, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. James Maloney, 7. Jackson Hastings, 8. Sam Moa, 9. Jake Friend (c), 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 14. Mitchell Aubusson, 15. Isaac Liu, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Suaia Matagi, 18. Matt McIlwrick
Referees: Ben Cummins, Alan Shortall
Sideline Officials: Jason Walsh, Nick Beashel
Video Referees: Bernard Sutton, Ben Galaea
HEAD TO HEAD:
at Allianz Stadium
LAST TIME THEY MET:
Round 12, 2015
Melbourne Storm 2
Goals: Cameron Smith 1
Sydney Roosters 24
Tries: Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Mitchell Aubusson, Daniel Tupou
Goals: James Maloney 4
at Allianz Stadium.