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Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters Predictions & Tips - Free-scoring Storm to cover handicap

  • Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters predictions for Friday's NRL Round 6 match
  • The match is being played at AAMI Park (10.55am BST)
  • Melbourne Storm have won 8 of their last 12 matches against Sydney Roosters
  • Storm have scored 92 points in their last 2 matches and are tipped to have too much firepower
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Ryan Papenhuyzen can continue his tryscoring form against the Roosters (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 14 Apr 2021
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Melbourne Storm vs Sydney Roosters Predictions


In the game of NRL Round 6, the Storm host the Roosters in Melbourne in an early advertisement of the premiership credentials of both sides. 

At 4-1 compared to the Storm's 3-2, the Roosters have had the slightly better start to the season. But they have a poor record against Melbourne to overcome and the hosts are tipped to cover the handicap and continue their points-scoring blitz.

  • Melbourne Storm have scored 92 points in their last 2 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm's Ryan Papenhuyzen has scored 7 tries in 4 matches this season, and 46 points in his last 2 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 2 matches against Sydney Roosters.
  • Melbourne Storm have won 8 of their last 12 matches against Sydney Roosters.
  • Melbourne Storm have covered the handicap in 3 of their last 4 matches against Sydney Roosters.

Head to Head


Sydney Roosters came out on top in the 2019 Grand Final against the Melbourne Storm, but the Tricolour lost both games played between the sides last year.

A Cameron Smith penalty earned a 27-25 extra time victory for Storm in Round 8. They were then comprehensive 24-6 winners in Round 14.

Storm have now won eight of the last 12 clashes against the Roosters.

Melbourne Storm Form


The Storm are back in positive territory after a third win from five games courtesy of a 52-18 victory over Canterbury Bulldogs last weekend.

It was a nine-try show of dominance from the Storm, who have totalled 92 points in the last two games. They also won 40-6 against the Brisbane Broncos.

The victories have come against two of the weakest sides in the competition, but Craig Bellamy's Storm have done what they needed to.

Storm had opened the season with a 26-18 win over South Sydney Rabbitohs before losing to Parramatta Eels (16-12) and Penrith Panthers (12-10).

Melbourne Storm Team News


Melbourne Storm have named an unchanged 17 from the side which thumped the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Brenko Lee makes his return to the Storm matchday squad after being named in the reserves following a hamstring injury.

Dale Finucane is a chance to come back into the fray next week as he recovers from a calf injury.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Aaron Pene 19. Dean Ieremia 20. Chris Lewis 21. Brenko Lee

Sydney Roosters Form


Sydney Roosters made it a 4-1 start to the season with a 26-18 victory over Cronulla Sharks last weekend.

The Roosters have also beaten Manly Sea Eagles 46-4, Wests Tigers 40-6 and New Zealand Warriors 32-12 in three comfortable wins.

The only blip so far for Trent Robinson's side was a 26-16 loss to South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 3.

An unusually slow start from the Chooks saw them trail 18-0 at half time and 24-0 early in the second period. Despite a good last half-hour, they were unable to overcome the deficit.

Sydney Roosters Team News


Ben Marschke has been cleared to play by the NRL judiciary and will line up at hooker in place of Freddy Lussick.

Lussick is out for at least three weeks with a fractured arm.

Prop Lindsay Collins has been named among the interchange options following an ankle injury, while Adam Keighran makes his return from a dislocated wrist.

Sydney Roosters Team List


1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Ben Marschke 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Adam Keighran 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins 18. Fletcher Baker 19. Matt Ikuvalu 20. Jesse Marschke 21. Daniel Suluka-Fifita

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Verdict

This will be tougher than the Storm's last two wins. But the reigning premiers are in a rich vein of tryscoring form and they are tipped to cover the handicap again against the Sydney Roosters.

Ryan Papenhuyzen is value to get across the line for another try.

Anytime Tryscorer: Ryan Papenhuyzen Anytime Tryscorer @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Best Bet: Storm -8.5 Handicap @-105.26 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Ryan Papenhuyzen First Tryscorer @850.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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