Roosters coach Trent Robinson has named an unchanged squad — youngster Willis Meehan has been named 18th man but is unlikely to play — heading into what was supposed to be a marquee mid-season match-up against the Melbourne Storm down at AAMI Park, but which has been savaged by injuries to the Roosters’ opponents. Thankfully, we get to watch the game on free-to-air television. Delayed. In Standard Definition.
The Chooks head into this one having won five of their past six games to rocket back into the top five. Boyd Cordner remains out injured with a syndesmosis injury.
Roosters team for Round 13: Anthony Minichiello, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Sonny Bill Williams, Aidan Guerra, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: (From) Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa, Mitchell Aubusson, Remi Casty, Willis Meehan.
The Storm have named an unchanged squad from that which couldn’t score a point against the Cowboys. Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Ben Hampton are all unavailable, with Cameron “who?” Munster, Tohu “That’s my spot, Sonny” Harris and Ben “Better than Benji” Roberts starting at fullback, five-eighth and halfback respectively.
Yep, it’s a veritable “who’s who” of “what the fuck”.
Storm team for Round 13: Cameron Munster, Sisa Waqa, Will Chambers, Kurt Mann, Young Tonumaipea, Tohu Harris, Ben Roberts, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith, Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Kenny Bromwich, Mitch Garbutt, Junior Moors, George Rose.