Cold hard facts are we play a team lead by the greatest player of our generation? ably supported by a further 9 International players? best winning record in recent time and a system that breads champions.
I know we will come out firing as we have heard how much Anzac day hurt them. What till be critical is if we score first or blow our chances at their end. We will definitely have the first scoring opportunity we just need to take it!
I'm hoping like hell the lads don't go out onto the paddock looking for redemption over the Anzac Day match. The team (especially the forwards) tends to burn out and fuck things up every time they try to do more than play the game in front of them. Apart from that, the two biggest threats will be:
1. Cameron Smith's incessant conversations with the refs resulting in penalties against us.
2. Shaun Johnson trying to play touch footy.
I actually think there is a decent chance that the Storm play a bit rusty today given that this is the first time that their origin players have been together for awhile. So if we play well, we could ambush them just like the Tigers did against the Rabbits yesterday.
Lino in and will have Rooster's type game. If Vuna plays, he gets his 3x tries today off the back of some Shaun Johnson magic. Think the forwards will have a point to prove and with Simon's future confirmed, another huge game from him. I'm hoping they may target the storm right and we might just see Sol creating some mayhem there.
Get a fair suck of the sav from the Refs (interesting to see what happens now after the raiders fiasco) and it stays dry, I hope our offloading and 2nd phase will bring us home.