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The Roosters were good enough to overcome the loss of Victor Radley and Sam Verrills to finish off the Dragons but the premiers are in for a much sterner test against the Storm.

Radley's aggressive defence and ability to bust the line will be sorely missed but if any side is good enough to overcome adversity it's the Roosters and they won't be making any excuses for the rest of the season.

The Storm have their own dramas with key playmaker Cameron Munster suffering a knee injury in the big win over the Warriors which will force a backline reshuffle.

The two pre-emiment sides of the past decade are still guaranteed to turn on a cracking spectacle for those fans lucky enough to be inside Suncorp Stadium.

The Rundown

Team news

Storm: Cameron Smith moves to the halves in place of Cameron Munster (knee) with Brandon Smith starting at hooker and Ryley Jacks going back to the bench. Marion Seve and Albert Vete dropped off the reserves list an hour before kick-off after Cooper Johns and Chris Lewis were cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off. The Storm have won 12 of their past 13 games at Suncorp.

Roosters: The Tricolours are 1-17. Jake Friend is back in the starting team with Sam Verrills (ACL) out and Nat Butcher starts at lock for Victor Radley (ACL). James Tedesco returns from a head knock at fullback pushing Joseph Manu to centre alongside a returning Josh Morris with Ryan Hall out and Mitch Aubusson to the interchange. Poasa Faamausili will come from the bench on his return from a stint on loan to the Warriors. Hall and Lachlan Lam dropped out of the extended squad on game day after Daniel Fifita and Freddy Lussick were omitted 24 hours before kick-off. The Roosters have won three of their past four games in Queensland.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Justin Olam
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Nat Butcher

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 6 Ryley Jacks
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Video Referee: Ben Galea
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Key match-up

Jahrome Hughes v Kyle Flanagan. The halfbacks have more responsibility on their shoulders due to key injuries. For Melbourne, Hughes will need to take creative control in Munster’s absence. Flanagan has enjoyed a great start to his Roosters career but without ball-playing lock Radley acting as the team’s “link”, the No.7 is about to assume a bigger attacking role.

Stat attack

Roosters halfback Kyle Flanagan leads the NRL for both points scored (80) and goals kicked (34) over the first seven rounds. Cameron Smith, the greatest point scorer in the game’s history, has 52 points this year.