NYC PREVIEW: Titans v Storm
Gold Training under-20s centre Rory Humphreys will again be sidelined with a shoulder and will be replaced by 18-year-old Greg Lelesiuao in tomorrow’s clash with Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park tomorrow (11.45am kick-off).
That will be the only change to the starting line-up tomorrow with Rhys Duke dropping off the originally selected six-man bench.
The Storm will be desperate for victory, needing the two points to stay in touch with eighth-placed Wests Tigers who are two points ahead on the ladder but with a for-and-against average that Melbourne can’t match.
When Ben Woolf’s side last visited AAMI Park they were 16-0 behind inside 15 minutes but then fired home to win convincingly, with the NRL following with a 28-26 victory in a great day for the club.
“We were disappointing against the Eels last week and just started too slowly, so that’s going to be a key against the Storm – coming out with good intent,” said coach Woolf.
“Rory’s shoulder hasn’t come up and he’ll be missed; he was in good form and runs strong and direct but Greg is capable of anything, although he would have been disappointed with his game last week.”
Max Elliott has recovered from a knee injury that saw him drop out of Monday night’s loss to the Eels and he will be a welcomed addition to the pack with his aggression and high workrate.
The Gold Training under-20s team is: Hudson (capt), Lelesiuao, Kelly, Berkers, Spring, D Schwass, Torpy, Tuiasau, Lawton, Elliott, Wright, H Schwass, Wilson (capt). Interchange: Gillham, Hughes, Colman, Law.