Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys

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06 September 2019 - Written by beteasy

The minor premiership was wrapped up for the Storm a couple of weeks ago, but that didn’t stop them from dominating the Sea Eagles to win 36-6 in round 24. They’ll look to finish the regular season with another win, their 20th of the season, when they host the Cowboys on Friday night.

North Queensland sent their home fans away from the final ever game at 1300SMILES Stadium with a 15-8 win against Canterbury in a tense match last Thursday night.

They have named a largely settled side for this clash, with Josh McGuire back from suspension a boost for their forward pack, seeing Reuben Cotter drop out.

Melbourne has taken the chance to rest Cameron Munster, Josh Addo-Carr and Brandon Smith for this one, meaning Jahrome Hughes will partner Brodie Croft in the halves.

North Queensland has had a dogged time of it against the Storm, losing nine in a row against the minor premiers. In round 5 this season, Melbourne prevailed 18-12 in Townsville, pulling away in the final 20 minutes to claim the six-point win.

Despite winning plenty of home games in 2019, the Storm have covered just four times from 11 starts. That includes failing to cover their past three home fixtures against Manly, Canberra and Gold Coast. The Cows’ last win in Melbourne was a famous one, the 2015 preliminary final triumph that took them to the Grand Final, which they won.

The Wolf thinks they’ll have to wait a little longer to taste victory down south again, but they can keep things respectable, with the starting line far too big in a match with nothing at stake.

Wolf Facts

  • The Cowboys are two wins from seven games at AAMI Park.
  • The Storm have a nine-match winning run against the Cowboys currently.
  • Although they can pile on points, the Storm are second last in the NRL in offloads with only 7.4 offloads per game.
H2H: Cowboys +13.5 ($1.90)
Value: Storm 1-12 ($3)

ERL Prediction

Melbourne Storm for the win

 

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