Storm's focus not on minor prem: Chambers

Storm centre Will Chambers says Melbourne aren't thinking about the minor premiership just yet despite opening up a gap at the top the NRL ladder ahead of their clash with the Sydney Roosters on Saturday.

Victory against the Tricolours would put the Storm three wins ahead of a chasing pack that includes Roosters, Broncos and Sharks, virtually guaranteeing them a place in the top two. 

But Chambers isn't dreaming of a minor premiership just yet.

"We haven't spoken or talked that far ahead," Chambers said. 

"We're taking it week by week, and enjoying first-grade footy."

 


Although the Storm have lost only four games all year, a showdown with a high-flying Roosters team has Chambers excited.

"They are a fair footy side and will come down here with a point to prove. They beat us in Adelaide (in Round 16)," he said.

Latrell Mitchell, Blake Ferguson and Daniel Tupou lead the Roosters' try-scoring feats in 2017, but the rest of their backline have also consistently crossed the chalk. 

Chambers is aware of their attacking threat but also is confident he and his Storm colleagues can match them.

"Latrell – he's a special talent and can score points from anywhere. Fergo's going good – he's played at the highest level, [including] State of Origin and for Australia. It's going to be a tough task, but we've got some fair footy players in our side too in Curtis Scott, Suli [Vunivalu] and Billy [Slater] out the back.

"We know that we can match them, and we've got to match them Saturday night. Because if we don't, they'll score points and make it a tough old night at the office."

In a year where his teammates are breaking records, Chambers has quietly gone about making a few of his own.

Chambers' try against North Queensland last Friday night meant he moved into the Storm's top five try-scorers of all time, equalling Marcus Bai on 71. He was pleased when told of the milestone.

"That's pretty handy. There are a few great players in front of me (Billy Slater, Matt Geyer, Cooper Cronk and Greg Inglis). I'm still awhile away from catching them." 

Chambers can go to outright fourth on the all-time Storm list if he dots down against the Roosters.