W ell strap yourselves in Moneyballers because tonight is going to be a belter! The Broncos have ridden into AAMI Park to try and kick the Storm off their top perch but the Melbourne boys want to win so they can put the minor premiership in their cabinet and throw away the key.
Both coaches are able to name unchanged line-ups for this titanic battle. The Storm beat Manly last week but it came after a rough loss to the Raiders and so it seems the chinks in the armour are maybe starting to appear. Brisbane on the other hand are on the comeback trail after beating the Bulldogs and are starting to show glimpses of their brilliant best as the race for the finals heats up.
Cooper Cronk ($7,900)
Coops is once again dominating and has unsurprisingly been one of the NRL’s best players this season, like he has been year after year all through his 296 game career. The man may very well be a robot, especially given his meticulous preparation and calmness under pressure. Cronk leads the league in try assists tin 2016 with 26, and has also found time to add 11 tries of his own, 20 line break assists, 8 line breaks and 29 tackle busts, not bad for a 32 year old. Cronk’s personal battle with Broncos young guns Ben Hunt ($7,000) and Anthony Milford ($8,200) will go a long way in helping his side claim the two competition points.
Jesse Bromwich ($8,300)
The 27 year-old Storm front man is widely regarded as one of the premier front rowers currently running around the NRL at the moment and his battle with Broncos big boys could be gargantuan. Jesse and his pack mates, including brother Kenny Bromwich ($5,300) are the guts and grit at the core of the Storm success. Throughout Bromwich’s 154 game career he has proven to be a handful and his 139 run metres, 27 tackles, 2 tries, 39 offloads, 4 line breaks, 3 try assists, 7 line break assists prove this year has been no different.
Corey Parker ($8,400)
34 years old, a veteran of 343 NRL games and countless rep games and Parker just seems to get better with age. In what will be his last season gracing our screens and our footy fields Parker has tallied up 3 tries, 28 offloads, 122 run metres, 4 line breaks, 1 try assist, 28 tackles and 25 tackle busts. Corey hates those Melbourne players (look up the Broncos old NRMA ads) but the Broncos stalwart will come up against long time friend, rep team mate and rival Cam Smith ($9,700) tonight and it will be Parker’ job to shut down one of his closest friends
Anthony Milford ($8,200)
The Milf has hit some electric form on the eve of the Broncos finals campaigns, a most opportune time for the somewhat struggling Brisbane outfit. Milf doesn’t look like the sort of athlete that can leave people in his dust with strength, speed or mesmerising footwork but his 12 tries, 15 line breaks and 84 tackle busts say different. It is his ball playing ability that has really come along in leaps and bounds this year and his 18 try assists, 20 line break assists and 21 offloads are testament to his development. Milf’s enemy tonight, Cooper Cronk ($7,900) paid him the ultimate compliment saying “there’s no ceiling to what he can achieve”
I think that the Storm will be too strong down in Melbourne but it will be a tough encounter. Storm by 4
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