What do the bookies know about the NRL premiership race? Not much, according to Melbourne Storm star Will Chambers.
The veteran centre took exception to the Storm being very strong favourites for this year’s NRL premiership with sports betting companies and when asked about it on Tuesday Chambers was immediately on the front foot.
“What’s that mean? What’s that mean? It doesn’t mean much does it?” Chambers said partway into a question about the Storm being favourites.
“Are they right all the time? That’s crazy. It’s a tight competition and to be saying the bookmakers have us as favourites or someone else said this or that, at the end of the day anyone can beat anyone and you can see that throughout the year.
“If you start worrying about things like that then it’s crazy. We have the Roosters to worry about this weekend and that’s the most important thing to us.”
The Storm face the second-placed Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park on Saturday night and a win would move them three games clear on top with three games to play.
If they beat the Roosters they could secure the top spot with a win over Newcastle in Newcastle next Saturday.
The Storm will again be without Cameron Munster (ankle) and Tohu Harris (shoulder) who were not named in the extended squad to face the Roosters, while the visitors have star forward Boyd Cordner back from injury but lose winger Daniel Tupou.
“It’s pretty handy and nice to know as there is a few great players in front of me and I’m a while off catching them,” Chambers said. “But I have a few more years down here, hopefully I can cross the line a few more times.”
Greg Inglis is ahead of Chambers on 78 tries, but then the field stretches with Cooper Cronk on 92 tries, Matt Geyer on 113 and Billy Slater on top with 178 tries and counting.
But Chambers has tipped second-year winger Suliasi Vunivalu to one day sit high on the Storm’s try-scorers as he recently broke the NRL record for most tries in the first two seasons of a career, with 40 tries from 40 games.
“I think the others are a bit too high for me, but if I can get GI that would be something special. But I reckon Suli [Vunivalu] will be on my tail soon,” Chambers said. “He is scoring them for fun at the moment, we will see how he goes.”
Storm play the Roosters at AAMI Park on Saturday at 5.30pm.