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Roosters expect Storm to be back to best

Melissa Woods and Nick Perry 02/09/2011 02:45:27 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters skipper Braith Anasta believes the character of Melbourne during the salary cap saga is proof their drive for the NRL premiership won't be derailed by the latest dramas at the club.

The 12th-ranked Roosters host the table-topping Storm on Sunday night at the SFS, with the visitors still looking to wrap up the JJ Giltinan Shield as minor premiers.

Their path to that trophy was halted by an 18-4 loss to second-placed Manly last week, in a game which resulted in 10 players being charged after a wild sideline brawl.

Key Storm forward Adam Blair was suspended for the remainder of season, while Sika Manu and Sisa Waqa were rubbed out for this game.

But Anasta doesn't believe the Storm, who have halfback Cooper Cronk returning from injury, will be unsettled.

"The Storm have shown how much character they've got as a team and I don't think it will bother them too much," he said.

"They're playing for the minor premiership so they'll be throwing everything at us."

He said he wasn't surprised the Storm went down to Manly at Brookvale Oval, where the Sea Eagles haven't lost this season.

"It's not to say they're not playing good football but they probably met a better team on the night."

While Anasta believes Melbourne are one of the premiership favourites, he says the competition is wide open.

"I think Brisbane are going great, they're sneaking under the radar a little bit.

"The Tigers are always dangerous because they can score any time against any team.

"Then you have Melbourne, St George and Manly, so it's open. Anyone can win it."

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