Scouting Report: The Roosters
Sydney may not have the wins on the board this season but that does not lessen the threat the pose when they come to AAMI Park on Saturday night.
With plenty of playmaking prowess they have a number of options to throw at the Storm defence.
Dylan Napa and Mitchell Pearce are the two big inclusions who were not there for the Round 14 clash the last time these two teams met.
That game may have resulted in a 46-0 win to Melbourne but there is no doubt the return bout at AAMI Park will be more tightly contested.
Lead by size
The strength of Sydney for a number of years now has been their forward pack. Lead by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Dylan Napa, when the Roosters’ big boys get on top they are very tough to beat. Melbourne also have three first-choice front rowers sidelined through injury, which leaves this battle of the big men well and truly in the balance.
Rep stars across the board
The Roosters will have eight players in their lineup with Origin or international experience. They are players who have got the job done at the highest level for several years now. On paper it is surprising to see where they are on the ladder but there it is only a matter of time before all their wheels begin to click into gear. The Storm defence has been dominant this season but it will face a tough test on Saturday night.
Deceiving form line
Sydney are on a five game losing run. That would usually give Melbourne confidence but that form line is deceiving. The tri-colours have been dreadfully unlucky in the past month. Three of their defeats have come by four points or less while Monday night’s 12-point loss to the Sharks had them with every chance of causing an upset for much of the contest. The Roosters have lost eight games this year by less than five points, meaning that with a bit of luck their current 3-14 record could have been a very different story.