The biggest game of the year is almost here, the 2018 NRL Grand Final which takes place this Sunday afternoon where we will see the Melbourne Storm take on the Sydney Roosters to decide who will be crowned Premiers in 2018.
Both teams have been by the far the best performers in the competition this season and it’s only fitting that the top-two finishing teams in 2018 do battle in the Grand Final.
With both sides having with key superstars in doubt, all things look be playing even in the lead up to big match.
With what’s set to be two huge matches of rugby league, we can’t wait to see what we have in store!
7:20pm Sydney Roosters vs. Melbourne Storm @ ANZ Stadium
The Sydney Roosters were early competition favourites this year with key preseason signings of Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco.
The two State of Origin and Australian representatives boosted an already star-studded Roosters line-up and lead them to the Minor Premiership.
Roosters enforcer, Dylan Napa, has been missing in recent weeks due to suspension and would be a massive addition to the forward pack.
Question marks have been raised over Cooper Cronk’s fitness this week after suffering a shoulder injury in their win over the Rabbitohs. Cronk has indicated this week to the media that he will play if 80% fit.
The Roosters put in a gutsy performance against the Rabbitohs, with the absence of strike centre, Latrell Mitchell , through suspension. Mitchel will be a welcomed back with open arms by his team mates to return to kicking duties after Blake Ferguson had night he would rather forget kicking 0/4.
The Rooster’s defence was ruthless against the Rabbitohs and they will need to bring the same aggressive and resilient approach to take down a patient and relentless Melbourne Storm.
The Melbourne Storm put the Sharks to the sword in the first-half of their Grand Final qualifier to go into the half-time break 20-0.
As Melbourne have done all year, they proved defence wins games and kept the Sharks to only one try for the match in the 69th minute.
Billy Slater proved why he is undoubtedly one of the best fullbacks to ever play the game, crossing for two of the Storm’s three tries. Thankfully for the Storm, Slater has been cleared to play by the NRL Match Review Committee for an alleged shoulder charge.
The Storm can claim bragging rights for being the most consistent team in the NRL for the past three seasons, making the Grand Final in all three years. The Storm Side were unsuccessful in 2016 and I’m sure they will remember the pain after that experience.
A clever combination of a brutal forward pack, strategic play makers and speed to burn, makes the Melbourne Storm a formidable opposition – no matter who they come up against.
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