By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
They've locked horns at club and State of Origin level in spectacular fashion, but the 2018 Grand Final could provide the biggest and brightest stage yet for the ongoing battle between Storm veteran Will Chambers and Roosters superstar Latrell Mitchell.
Mitchell has been the revelation of the 2018 NRL season as the Rooster's best player in a star-studded lineup and he will take his place back in the side after a stint on the sideline suspended while Chambers, long regarded as one of the best centres in the game has vowed to win the personal battle that could go a long way to determining who finishes Sunday night with the Provan-Summons trophy.
The pair put on a spectacular show during a heated and tense State of Origin campaign, but with the Blues coming out on top and ending a three-year stretch of success by the Maroons, Latrell won the contest on a narrow points decision over Chambers, something the Queensland and Melbourne star will not have forgotten when he lines up across from the 21-year-old centre from Taree on Sunday night at ANZ Stadium.
It was clear to see throughout the Origin campaign that Chambers, a noted niggler who is happy to get stuck into the odd verbal stoush on-field did his best to unsettle his young opponent with his mouth as much as with the football in hand, but Mitchell rose to the occasion for Brad Fittler's Blues and was amongst their best in a 2-1 series win.
Mitchell missed last week's preliminary final win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs after he was suspended for a crusher tackle and while they were able to overcome the Bunnies in the end, it was clear the Chooks missed the x-factor that he brings to proceedings.
Will Chambers himself has spent time sitting on the sideline after suspension for crusher tackles, but it will be how the fiery pair face off on the hallowed ANZ Stadium turf that could go a long way to deciding how the Grand Final unfolds.
It's currently advantage Latrell, though that could change in the blink of an eye. Will Chambers is a highly capable star and he enters the contest part of a Melbourne juggernaut aiming to roll on while the Roosters sweat the availability of star halfback Cooper Cronk.