The Roosters name an unchanged line-up from the team which weathered hideous refereeing and teeming rain to win 12-8 against the Cowboys on Saturday, with Dylan Napa as always expected to fall off the interchange bench.
The Roosters have now won five straight matches and conceded an average of just a try per match in that run. They face a team that scored a solitary try last week and just two the week before in a loss to the lowly Panthers.
Roosters team for Round 11: Anthony Minichiello (C) ,Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Luke O’Donnell, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy, Mitchell Aubusson, Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner. Interchange: (From) Daniel Mortimer, Frank-Paul Nu’uausala, Aidan Guerra, Lama Tasi, Dylan Napa.
The Storm name the same squad that ran onto the field on Monday, with some late changes leading to the impressive Tohu Harris heading to the bench with Ryan Hinchcliffe returning from injury. Mo Blair also gets another start in the centres after scoring the Storm’s only try from a Gareth Widdop cross-field kick. Slade Griffin, despite his awesome name, will likely drop off an extended bench.
The Storm are coming off a thrilling 10-all draw with the Manly Sea Eagles on Monday in one of the best — and most physical — games of the season. They struggled to put away a team that was out on its feet near the end, and played the full 90. They now face a short turnaround against a well-rested and in-form Roosters squad.
Storm team for Round 11: Billy Slater, Sisa Waqa, Maurice Blair, Justin O’Neill, Mahe Fonua, Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (C), Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: (From) Tohu Harris, Jason Ryles, Junior Moors, Lagi Setu, Slade Griffin.