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The Melbourne Storm head to their home away from home at Suncorp Stadium to host the St George Illawarra Dragons in Magic Round. Follow the action from Suncorp Stadium with live scores on The Roar from 4:05pm (AEST).
The Storm didn’t put a foot wrong in their stunning 50-0 annihilation of the Rabbitohs last week. It was a vintage performance from the reigning premiers, showing that despite sitting third on the NRL ladder, they remain the team to beat.
Their line-up, though, is beginning to lose its stars, with Cam Munster (foot) and Harry Grant (hamstring) the latest to enter the casualty ward. Craig Bellamy is being ultra-cautious with Ryan Papenhuyzen, naming the star fullback in the reserves on return for a shoulder injury. It will be up to the Storm’s second-tier players like Dale Finucane, Ryley Jacks and Kenny Bromwich to continue their winning ways.
The Dragons secured a badly needed win over the Bulldogs in Round 9; however, facing the Storm is a whole different ball game. Mikaele Ravalawa returns from suspension on the wing in what should be a fascinating duel with opposite number and six-try sensation Josh Addo-Carr.
Captain Ben Hunt’s return from a broken leg has been a major boost for the Dragons; and against a Storm side far from full strength, coach Anthony Griffin will undoubtedly sense his team can cause an upset.
However, the Storm are a formidable force at Suncorp Stadium. They’ve won 78 per cent of their games at the venue – a better record than even the Broncos – and made it a fortress last season when they were forced out of Melbourne due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kick-off: 4:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV: Fox League, Channel Nine (NSW/QLD/ACT/NT), 9Gem (VIC/WA/SA/TAS)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go
Odds: Storm $1.14, Dragons $5.50 (odds via PlayUp)
1. Nicho Hynes, 2. George Jennings, 3. Reimis Smith, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Ryley Jacks, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich (c), 9. Kenneath Bromwich, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Tui Kamikamica, 13. Dale Finucane
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tyson Smoothy, 15. Chris Lewis, 16. Tom Eisenhuth, 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona | 18. Aaron Pene, 19. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 20. Trent Loiero, 21. Dean Ieremia
1. Matt Dufty, 2. Max Feagai, 3. Jack Bird, 4. Tyrell Fuimaono, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Ben Hunt (c), 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Josh Kerr, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Josh McGuire
Bench/Reserves: 14. Poasa Faamausili, 15. Billy Burns, 16. Daniel Alvaro, 17. Kaide Ellis | 18. Jackson Ford, 19. Junior Amone, 20. Cody Ramsey, 21. Adam Clune