Just coming off the annual ‘Old Boys' weekend, Antonio Kaufusi has some thoughts on this week's game between Broncos V Storm. One he says will be a show not to miss!
I was down in Melbourne for our annual ‘Old Boys' weekend.
It coincided with the 20 year and 10 year anniversary of the 1999 and 2009 premiership winning teams.
What a few days it has been, catching up with old mates and guys that laid the foundation in Melbourne in its earlier days, players such as Glen Lazarus, Tawera Nikau, Robbie Kearns, Rodney Howe, Robbie Ross, Scott Hill.
Then you have the newly retired Billy Slater, Brett White, Brett Finch, Anthony Quinn and Steve Turner and the list goes on.
60 players were back in town and after all that effort, I don't want to see another alcoholic beverage again.
As we laughed and told stories and every year, the same story keeps getting stretched further from the truth.
Melbourne Storm is one of the youngest teams in NRL history but has some impressive records already.
It's success rate with finals appearances, having the first player in NRL history reaching 400 games, just to name a few.
We as old boys are humbled and privileged to have played a small part in the club's history.
Broncos v Storm the game to watch
Back to round 20, and a couple of streaks have been broken.
Panthers being halted by the Raiders and the Eagles pipping Melbourne in extra time.
My match of the round is the Broncos V Storm on Friday night.
What a game this shapes up to be.
The resurgence of the Broncos have been impressive of late, led by thier young massive pack.
The Storm will be looking to get straight back into the winners circle after that lost against the Eagles.
Melbourne hold no fear playing up in Suncorp.
The last time the Broncos beat the Storm at home was back in 2009.
That's right digest that one slowly and have a glass of water to wash that down.
It's essentially a home game for the storm.
If a team want to be serious contenders for the Premiership race, this is it, ‘The Storm Test'.
How well you play against the Storm will surely put you where you need to be.
I mean when you play the storm you know you have to bring your A game, look what the storm did last week, they got beaten by manly by one point into the second half of extra time.
Can a young Bronco out fit stay in the grind?
For me, not this year. The storm to flog, that's right flog the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
My upset of the round is the Dragons V Eels. Only going on gut feeling.
The dragons for once have a full strength team and they want to make it difficult for teams making the 8.
Dragons to be the thorn in the bushes for teams that have to face them for the remainder of the rounds before finals.
Kaufusi's Call for Round 20
Tigers v Cowboys
Warriors v Raiders
Broncos v Storm
Sea Eagles v Knights
Bulldogs v Panthers
Sharks v Rabbitohs
Roosters v Titans
Dragons v Eels