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The Melbourne Storm will look continue their march into the finals while Wests Tigers will be playing for some pride at Sunshine Coast Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm (AEST).
The Storm kept on trucking last Sunday with a fairly easy win against the struggling Cowboys, a win this afternoon would mean they sew up secind spot with one round to play, and a home final in the first week of the finals series. The Tigers saw their faint finals hope evaporate last weekend in a narrow loss to Souths but played some good footy, they will be looking to finish their season on a high, starting with a win over the Storm.
The last three matches between these two sides have been surprisingly close, considering where both have been placed on the ladder at times. Melbourne got away with one last year against the Tigers at AAMI Park after trailing for most of the match, scoring a try at the death to win the game. In 2018, the Tigers actually beat the Storm twice. While they aren’t exactly a bogey team for the Storm, the Tigers have aimed up in recent times against them, and tend to make it a close-run thing.
There will be some points scored in this one. The Tigers are now free from some pressure and Benji Marshall will be motivated to leave the club on a high. Joey Leilua and Josh Reynolds add some spark and aggression to a side that always seems to push the Storm. The Storm felt the loss of Ryan Papenhuyzen last week in defence, and will have to be better in that department this week.
Playing at their new home on the Sunshine Coast, and with more to play for, you can’t go away from the Storm, but it will be closer than many are predicting.
Storm by 8
Kick-off: 5:30pm (AEST)
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Storm $1.12, Tigers $6.50
1. Nicho Hynes, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Brenko Lee, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenneath Bromwich, 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Bench/Reserves: 14. Ryley Jacks, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 16. Tom Eisenhuth, 17. Tui Kamikamica, 18. Brandon Smith, 19. Isaac Lumelume, 20. Max King, 21. Paul Momirovski
1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joseph Leilua, 4. Chris Lawrence, 5. Asu Kepaoa, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Benji Marshall, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Harry Grant, 10. Thomas Mikaele, 11. Sam McIntyre, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Alex Twal
Bench/Reserves: 14. Zane Musgrove, 15. Matthew Eisenhuth, 16. Russell Packer, 17. Luke Garner, 18. Tommy Talau, 19. Michael Chee-Kam, 20. Jock Madden, 21. Jacob Liddle