Speedy Bronco throws down gauntlet to Storm
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.”