Written by Christopher Tearse
Saturday, August 8, 3.00 PM, Round 13, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne Storm take on Canterbury Bulldogs NRL Match Preview
Test round for Melbourne, how will the Melbourne Storm perform without Cameron Smith and Ryan Papenhuyzen? facing a Bulldogs team who are starting to fire and be competitive this shapes to be a nail biter if the Bulldogs play their chips right, it’s not often a team will get to face the Storm without their captain, the Storm although without their captain is still quite strong and Bellamy will produce an appropriate game plan to make sure his team adapts to these changes, a bit of doubt may set in though if the scores are locked up with 5 mins to go!
The Melbourne Storm
|Albert Vete||Cameron Smith|
|Chris Lewis||Marion Seve|
|Cooper Johns||Ryan Papenhuyzen|
1. Nicholas Hynes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Tom Eisenhuth 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
Reserves: 14. Ryley Jacks 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Albert Vete 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 18. Darryn Schonig 19. Chris Lewis 20. Cooper Johns 21. Sandor Earl
Coach: Craig Bellamy
The Canterbury Bulldogs
|Chris Smith||Jack Cogger|
1. Nick Meaney 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Tim Lafai 4. Jake Averillo 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Sione Katoa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson
Reserves: 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Reimis Smith 19. Kerrod Holland 20. Renouf To’omaga 21. Chris Smith 22. Matt Doorey
Coach: Steve Georgallis
The last time these two teams met the Bulldogs at home were smashed 6-28. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 41 matches played between the Bulldogs and the Storm favour the Bulldogs winning 21, all other statistics indicate the Storm should win this one.
Melbourne Storm for the win.
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