Speedy Bronco throws down gaunt­let to Storm

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

BRON­COS flyer James Roberts has turned the heat up on the Storm, declar­ing the premier­ship is Mel­bourne’s to lose as a show­down looms for the NRL’s fastest man.

Roberts and Storm speed­ster Josh Addo-Carr will clash at AAMI Park on Fri­day night when not only a grand fi­nal berth will be on the line.

Roberts and Addo-Carr are re­garded as the fastest men in the game and the crown could go to one if they find them- selves in a foot race. The Storm will start heavy favourites in the clash be­tween the 2006 grand fi­nal ri­vals, hav­ing been the most dom­i­nant team in the com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

In a rare in­ter­view, Roberts said Brisbane would coast into the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal be­cause the pres­sure was on Mel­bourne to not choke.

“It takes all the pres­sure off us,” he said. “We can go down there and worry about our­selves.

“It’s their premier­ship to lose, not ours. Hope­fully we can fly un­der the radar and give them a good go.

“We can’t make easy er­rors. We need to starve them of the ball. If you make er­rors they make you pay quickly. We need to play our own game.”

The Bron­cos came within two points of up­set­ting the Storm at AAMI Park in Round 3. Roberts raced away from Addo-Carr for the first try that night but the Storm winger scored in the dy­ing min­utes for Mel­bourne to pinch it.

The speed­sters played for the same ju­nior club, La Per­ouse United, and Roberts said he was ex­cited to face Ad­doCarr.

“He is a re­ally good tal­ent,” he said. “He has taken his game to an­other level and is only go­ing to get bet­ter.

“He’s been the best winger in my eyes. I wouldn’t say I have him cov­ered (for speed). We’ll see what hap­pens.”

While Brisbane have only won four of their past 23 matches against the Storm, three of those wins have come at AAMI Park.

“We’ve beaten them down there be­fore in the past,” hooker Ben Hunt said.

“It’s def­i­nitely not an easy thing to do. If we go down with the right at­ti­tude we will give it a fair crack. You don’t want to go in too con­fi­dent. They are one of the best teams that’s played for a long time.”

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