The Courier-Mail

Rookie on course for Storm damage

- PAUL CRAWLEY

FORMER Storm antagonist Mick Ennis has given Roosters rookie Sam Walker a crash course on what to expect at AAMI Park on Friday.

And never mind the war of words that’s erupted between James Tedesco and Cronulla’s Chad Townsend over trash talking claims directed at Walker.

Ennis is predicting Craig Bellamy will have his own welcoming committee ready — to be led by big man Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Ennis expects Bellamy to “park” the NRL’s scariest human on the daunting left edge with Kenny Bromwich, Cameron Munster and Justin Olam.

Asofa-Solomona’s player profile lists him at 2m tall and 115kg, compared to Walker at 183cm and 78kg. But rather than sleepless nights worrying about the tale of the tape, Ennis says the trick for Walker will be to go down and “embrace” the experience.

Walker earned rave reviews for his matchwinni­ng performanc­e in the comeback win over the Sharks, with his skipper Tedesco unloading on Townsend who he claimed taunted Walker in the match.

“Townsend was giving it to him, but cop that Townsend,” Tedesco said. “He showed him how to play footy.

Townsend hit back at Tedesco, denying he targeted the rookie, claiming he only spoke to big Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

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