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Storm vs Sharks
NRL, 12 August, 2018
|Fulltime - Storm 14, Sharks 17|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: Brett Suttor & Michael Wise|
|Video Referee: Jared Maxwell|
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Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has questioned his team’s hunger to defend their NRL title in a stinging assessment of their performance in their 17-14 loss to Cronulla.
Melbourne Storm 14
Cronulla Sharks 17
The Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks are both looking to consolidate their position within the top eight as the finals draw near. Join The Roar from 4:10pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage of the match.
The Storm are one win away from first place after losing to South Sydney last week.
Craig Bellamy has made only one change to the side that went down 30-20 to the Rabbitohs, with Suliasi Vunivalu returning on the wing for Cheyse Blair.
While Melbourne have speed to burn in the backline and plenty of go-forward through the middle, their spine will determine the match’s outcome.
Cameron Smith must take a more proactive role in steering the team around, while Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes need to set up some structure in the halves.
Cronulla are unchanged from last week’s 33-32 loss to the Sea Eagles and will be hellbent on a win to kickstart some form going into the finals.
James Segeyaro will be the key to exploit fatigue through the middle, using his speed from acting half. Similarly, Matt Moylan needs to inject some attacking brilliance.
The Storm and Sharks have played in 35 games, with Melbourne winning 22, although Cronulla were successful in their most recent outing, securing a 14-4 win in Round 4.
That said, AAMI Park has not been a happy hunting ground for the away side – winning just once in eight games.
The Storm will stay in touch with the JJ Giltinan Shield, producing a big win over the 2016 premiers.
Storm by 12.
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