Legendary coach says fewer penalties have helped Storm and Roosters ahead of blockbuster clash

Coaching legend Roy Masters says fewer penalties in 2019 has benefited the clinical teams rather than the sides that play more ad-lib rugby league.

“The Broncos were predicted to be the team most likely to capitalise on the Annesley revolution,” Masters wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald.

“But Brisbane are 1-4, as are Queensland’s other two NRL teams, the Titans and the Cowboys, both of whom have halves who prefer the playground style.”

“It’s the clinical teams – the Storm, the Roosters – who lead the ladder, ahead of a grand final replay on Good Friday.”

Masters says we should expect a tight finish in this Friday night’s AAMI Park grand final re-match.

“The teams with proven game managers build pressure and are content to win in the final minutes of a match. They are mentally tougher.”

Both the Storm and Roosters are 5-0 to start the year with Cooper Cronk returning to the Victorian capital for the first time as a Rooster.

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