NRL Round 23 - Storms vs. Roosters
MATCH UP STATS
NRL Round 23 - Storms vs. Roosters
Line bettingMelbourne: -8 at $1.92 with CrownBetSydney: +8 at $1.92 with CrownBet
CAN anybody stop the Storm?
Melbourne have looked nigh-on unbeatable since regaining their State of Origin stars in mid-July.
They did not have it all their own way against injury-hit North Queensland last week, yet their inimitable blend of class and grit won out in the end.
Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu both scored braces in the 26-8 victory, taking their combined tally to 33 tries for the season.
Cameron Smith finished with three goals from five attempts, but it was Billy Slater who shone brightest of all in Townsville.
There are no changes for the Storm ahead of Saturday’s table-top clash, with Cameron Munster and Tohu Harris still sidelined.
The Roosters are aiming for a famous double over the NRL Premiership leaders.
They edged out Craig Bellamy’s men in a golden-point classic back in round 16, blazing back from 14 points down to seal the deal with a Mitchell Pearce field goal.
Nevertheless, online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au has the Chooks as rank +225 outsiders to repeat the feat at AAMI Park.
While Sydney remain second on the ladder, they are now four points from the top after slumping to a heavy defeat at Manly last weekend.
The Tricolours started well enough at Brookvale, taking an 18-4 lead after half an hour, but the Sea Eagles turned things around in emphatic fashion with 32 unanswered points.
To make matters worse, star winger Daniel Tupou was forced off the field with a groin injury.
He is out for the big trip south, but key men Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend are back in after injury layoffs.
Joseph Manu moves to the flank opposite Latrell Mitchell, with Mitchell Aubusson shifting into the centre.
Josh Addo-Carr anytime tryscorer – -138.89
Over 36.5 total match points – -107.53
Melbourne Storm to win by 13+ points – +150
After last week’s results, it would be foolish to write off the even the remotest possibility of an upset.
Even so, it is hard to see anybody beating the Storm right now.
The big three of Cronk, Slater and Smith are firing on all cylinders, but it is the young talent coming through that should have the competition worried.
With Sydney missing one of their greatest weapons in Tupou, it is Melbourne’s game to lose.
Look for a big win to the Storm, which would all but guarantee the minor premiership and top seeding for the finals.
The 13+ margin bet folds nicely into the over option on the total points line, which is set at a highish yet achievable 36.5.
The Storm boast several quality candidates in the tryscorer betting, but we have picked out the impressive Addo-Carr to extend his run to six (or maybe more) in as many games.
Storm vs. Roosters NRL bookie specials
Australia’s best online bookmakers have a stack of bonuses, promotions and bet specials in play for the big clash at AAMI Park:
– +300 odds at Ladbrokes for Will Chambers to score and Storm to win
– Salute with a head-to-head bet and CrownBet will give you a $5 bonus for each try your team scores
– +800 odds at Ladbrokes for Latrell Mitchell to score and Roosters to win
– If your team leads by 12 points or more at any time, Sportsbet will pay you out for the win
– Boosted odds on all Melbourne vs. Sydney first tryscorer options at Ladbrokes
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