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The Roosters' rollercoaster season continued in Canberra on Sunday as they fell to a fourth loss in their past seven games while the Storm put their feet up and enjoyed a bye.

Joey Manu was magnificent for the Roosters at fullback but the absence of James Tedesco, Daniel Tupou and Lindsay Collins in Origin camp certainly contributed to the six-point defeat GIO Stadium.

The Storm have their own Origin duo of Cameron Munster and Felise Kaufusi hoping to back up from Wednesday's showdown, with Xavier Coates ruled out after picking up an injury in Origin I.

In last year's two meetings the Storm racked up 66 points to the Roosters' four, winning 46-0 in Newcastle and 20-4 in Melbourne.

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The Rundown

Team news

Roosters: James Tedesco didn't back up from Origin I last year but will play this time around in a boost for the Tricolours. Daniel Tupou and Lindsay Collins will also play after their Origin efforts on Wednesday night. The only late change to the side is the omission of Egan Butcher, whose place on the bench is taken by Daniel Suluka-Fifita.

Storm: Xavier Coates is out after suffering a syndesmosis injury in Wednesday night's State of Origin but Maroons team-mates Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi and Harry Grant will all play. Grant has been moved to the bench on game day with Brandon Smith to start. Nelson Asofa-Solomona also goes to the bench in his return from a knee injury, with Tui Kamikamica promoted to the starting side.

The backline reshuffle sees Marion Seve move to the wing in place of Coates, with Grant Anderson named to play centre. Alec MacDonald (illness) is also back.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Dean Ieremia
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
  • Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Centre for Storm is number 24 Grant Anderson
  • Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph Suaalii
    Winger for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Sam Walker
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Luke Keary
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Lindsay Collins
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Drew Hutchison
    Hooker for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Nat Butcher
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Josh King

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Connor Watson
    Interchange for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Fletcher Baker
    Interchange for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Terrell May
    Interchange for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Daniel Suluka-Fifita
    Interchange for Storm is number 18 Chris Lewis

Reserves

  • Replacement for Roosters is number 23 Billy Smith
    Replacement for Storm is number 19 Jayden Nikorima

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key match-up

Luke Keary v Jahrome Hughes: The Roosters No.7 took his try assist tally to 12 for the season when he went aerial for Joseph Suaalii to leap high and score in Canberra. The three-time premiership winner was a constant threat to the Raiders defence and his running game looks to be on song heading into the second half of the season. Hughes has seven try assists and four line break assists to his name from seven games this season and he has a big role to play if the Storm are to continue their recent dominance over the Roosters, especially if fellow playmaker Cameron Munster doesn't back up from Origin One.

Stat Attack

The Storm are averaging 31 points per game in 2022 and conceding just 15 per match. The Roosters are scoring 22 points per match and conceding 18. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.