The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Following last week?s 20-point win over the previously undefeated Canberra Raiders, the third placed Storm will be looking to take its strong home form on the road this week.
?We?ve put together a strong record at home this year with four wins from four matches, but the key now is to take that form with us when we travel,? Storm skipper Stephen Kearney said.
?Brisbane is by far one of the toughest road trips in the competition and this weekend poses and enormous test for us.?
The Storm struggled to a 2-1-9 away record last year, a stark contrast to eight victories from the last nine games at Olympic Park.
?We don?t want to be known as the team that can play well one week and fall away the next week,? Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said.
?The last two weeks have been tremendous, the effort has been great.
?Our big challenge now is to have the same sort of effort away from home.?
Bellamy and his coaching staff will await the outcome of an MRI scan on Junior Langi?s strained right quadriceps; the centre incurred the injury during the warm-up before last week?s stirring win over the Raiders.
MELBOURNE STORM TEAM TO PLAY BRISBANE, THIS SUNDAY AT ANZ STADIUM, 2.30PM
1. Billy Slater 2. Semi Tadulala 3. Steven Bell 4. Junior Langi 5. Marcus Bai 6. Matt Geyer 7. Matt Orford 8. Robbie Kearns 9. Cameron Smith 10. Mitchell Sargent 11. Peter Robinson 12. Stephen Kearney (c) 13. David Kidwell BENCH: 14. Danny Williams 15. Dallas Johnson 16. Kirk Reynoldson 17. Glen Turner
*No changes to last week?s team
STORM TRAINING THIS WEEK:
Wednesday: 10am, Gosch?s Paddock Thursday: 1.30pm, Olympic Park Saturday: 9.30am, Gosch?s Paddock
For further information contact:
James Avery: Phone (03) 9421 3222 Mobile: 0411 623 024. [email protected]