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New look Storm for Roosters
Melbourne will be without Robbie Kearns with an injured ankle and Scott Hill, who is in camp with the Australian side. Hill is available for selection but will be unlikely to backup for a second game in less than 24 hours.
Shane Walker returns to the front row, after serving a three-week suspension and Semi Tadulala has been selected for his second ever first grade game for the Storm.
Fijian born Tadulala made his first grade debut in round 24 last year against Penrith and has impressed while playing with feeder club Brisbane Norths after suffering a knee injury earlier this year.
23-year-old Tadulala will step in to the wing position vacated by Matt Geyer, who assumes the role of ?Mr Versatile? at five-eighth, while Hill fulfils his test selection.
After his best on ground performance last week against the Tigers, prop Peter Robinson lines up in Kearns? number eight jersey alongside Walker in the front row.
According to coach Mark Murray, the reshuffling of the Storm line-up offers a great opportunity to those players entering the side.
?We don?t expect Scott Hill to back up from the test on Friday night, he hasn?t backed up that well in the past so we?re assuming that he?ll be out and Semi will therefore come on to the wing,? Murray explained. ?It?s a great opportunity for Semi, his form has been particularly good in the last month, he had a lot of injury early in the season, but his form has been good over the last month. He scored three tries in one game the week before last, so he?s obviously looking forward to his opportunity this week.
?Unfortunately Robbie (Kearns) is out, but Shane (Walker) comes off suspension so he?ll be fresh and keen to get back in to the season.?
THE MELBOUNRE STORM TEAM TO PLAY THE SYDNEY ROOSTERS, THIS SATURDAY AT OLYMPIC PARK, 3PM
1. Junior Langi 2. Semi Tadulala 3. Aaron Moule 4. Steven Bell 5. Marcus Bai 6. Matt Geyer 7. Matt Orford 8. Peter Robinson 9. Richard Swain 10. Shane Walker 11. Danny Williams 12. Stephen Kearney (c) 13. Willie Leyshon
14. Michael Russo 15. Ian Sibbit 16. Mitchell Sargent 17. Kirk Reynoldson
IN? Shane Walker, Semi Tadulala OUT?Robbie Kearns, Scott Hill
STORM TRAINING THIS WEEK
Wed: Gosch?s Paddock (9.30am) Thurs: Olympic Park (10am) Fri: Olympic Park (10.30am)
For further information Contact
James Avery: Phone (03) 9421 3222 Mobile: 0411 623 024 [email protected]