Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters: ‘If they’re in our backyard, they’ve got a problem’

Sydney Rooster Club are aiming to return to premiership contention with a third straight win, but Melbourne Storm are a foot and a half closer to the NRL premiership.

The Storm were held to a 23-19 loss at the MCG on Saturday night, with Storm star Sam Kasiano (pictured above) scoring a try.

Roosters coach Michael Maguire said he would like to see his side take the lead early in the final quarter.

“If they are in our yard, they’ll have a problem,” Maguires said.

It was a good performance. “

We’ve got to get some form, and if we can win a game early we’ll be well on the way.”

It was a good performance.

We’re looking forward to this match and we know what we’re up against.

“Rovers have a bye to the next round and could go into the second weekend of the finals as favourites, although they will need to win a second-round match to do so.

The Rabbitohs won the last game they played against the Storm in 2015.

A win in the first two rounds of the NRL finals would seal the Rabbitoh job for the next six years.

The Roosterers were without key players for the game, with James Tedesco and Josh Addo-Carr both out with hamstring injuries.

Storm winger Cameron Smith was the only Lion to take the field in his first game back.”

He’ll be in contention for selection next week,” Maguiires said of the 27-year-old.”

I’ve got no doubts about Josh and James.

I’ve got Josh’s contract up, and he’s a very fit young man and a very good young player.

“He’s had a great start to the season and he’ll continue to do that, and I’m confident he’ll be ready for Origin.”

James is one of the best young players in the competition and I know him a lot.

He’s got some really good things to offer, so we’re just waiting to see what he can do for us.

“The other thing is we’ve got another tough fixture against Manly.

We’ve got the opportunity to play in the Origin game on Sunday, so I’m hoping that’s going to be a good opportunity to pick up another win.”

Key points:Sydney Rooster coach Michael Burleigh says Storm will need a better performance in the second half to win the premiershipRooster players have been vocal about the need to improve on Saturday’s loss.

Rooster coach Michael MacCulloch said the Storm’s lack of form and desire to win was concerning.

“They’ve got their foot down, they’re not playing with any urgency,” MacCuloch said.”[It’s] just disappointing.”

To see this group of players, when we haven’t done anything really in the past couple of weeks, just going and getting in the mud trying to beat Manly and then coming home and having this sort of meltdown in the last quarter is not good enough.

“There’s a lot of players that can play and they need to do better in the next couple of games.”

You have to see it in the future when you’ve got players that you can get on the field.

“And it’s something that we need to be working on.”

In the meantime, we’ll continue and we’ll get back to the finals.

“Rover captain Sam Kasano said he thought the Storm were a “very solid” side but would need a “really good performance” to beat them.”

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I think we’ll do a lot better in this one.”

Topics:nrl,australian-football-league,sydney-3000,qld,sydney-2000,melbourne-3000First posted November 02, 2017 17:15:34More stories from New South Wales