Sunday’s (21/06/2015) third NRL 2015 Round 15 match is between St George Illawarra Dragons and Sydney Roosters. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:00 local time with the game to be played at Allianz Stadium. The away team Sydney Roosters are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between St George Illawarra Dragons and Sydney Roosters.
When: 19:00 | Sunday 21/06/2015
Where: Allianz Stadium
Tip: Sydney Roosters at $1.53
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Eto Nabuli at $12.00
1 Josh Dugan 2 Eto Nabuli 3 Euan Aitken 4 Peter Mata’utia 5 Jason Nightingale 6 Gareth Widdop 7 Benji Marshall 8 Leeson Ah Mau 9 Mitch Rein 10 Mike Cooper 11 Tyson Frizell 12 Will Matthews 13 Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14 Jake Marketo 15 Ben Creagh 16 Jack de Belin 17 Heath L’Estrange 20 Rory O’Brien.
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Michael Jennings 4 Blake Ferguson 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6 James Maloney 7 Mitchell Pearce 8 Dylan Napa 9 Jake Friend (c) 10 Sam Moa 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Aiden Guerra 13 Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14 Jackson Hastings 15 Mitchell Aubusson 16 Kane Evans 17 Sio Siua Taukeiaho 19 Suaia Matagi.
Melbourne five-eighth Blake Green says the Storm is bigger than the “Big Three” and the State of Origin period is the time to prove it.
The Storm got their NRL premiership campaign back on track with an impressive 20-0 win over a sloppy Penrith at Pepper Stadium on Saturday night.
It came just a week after coach Craig Bellamy savaged his team as “soft as butter” after surrendering meekly in their 24-2 loss to the Sydney Roosters.
The defeat to the Roosters raised questions about the Storm’s premiership credentials, with the side suffering an apparent Origin hangover.
With Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Will Chambers backing up from Origin days earlier and Billy Slater missing due to a shoulder injury, the Storm had their pants pulled down by the Roosters.
Bellamy lamented that the side’s Origin stars were a standout in that match and the rest of the side offered little.
For the next month, the task before the Storm is to prove they are a force even without the “Big Three” of Smith, Cronk and Slater, who will be missing intermittently.
“We think it’s an exciting period for us,” Green said.
“We’ve got some good young kids that have been going really well in the Queensland Cup and really good at training and they’re going to get a chance to play their part in the team.
“I think that’s the best way that we can approach it – to be excited and approach it as an opportunity to perform well and we’ve got that chance next Monday night (against Parramatta) because we’re going to be missing all four of (Cronk, Smith, Slater and Chambers).”
Saturday’s performance against the Panthers would have given Bellamy hope they can negotiate the difficult Origin period and still come out the other side in touching distance of the top four.
Green had arguably his best game in Storm colours since joining the club this season, scoring two tries while his kicking game was also outstanding, making 257 metres with the boot.
Like so many journeymen before him, Green has uncovered his best football under Bellamy.
After failing to play consistent first grade during stints at Parramatta, Cronulla and Canterbury, the 28-year-old spent four years in the English Super League with Hull and Wigan and has returned a more experienced footballer.
His game management and ability to close out matches has blossomed at Melbourne, which he attributes to rubbing shoulders with Cronk, Slater and Smith.
“It’s something that they’ve been very good at for years, strangling teams and when they’re on top they just keep momentum and it’s hard to get it back,” he said.
“It’s something I’ve been watching closely and it’s something they’ve been helping with.”
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