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05 May 2018 by TSZ

2018 NRL – St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Melbourne Storm Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 06th May, 05:00 (UK)

Where? Jubilee Oval

What channel is it on? UK - St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Melbourne Storm will not be televised live in the UK

Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

Starting 13: Dufty, Macdonald, Aitken, Lafai, Nightingale, Widdop, Hunt, Graham, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, Sims, De Belin – Interchanges: Latimore, Mann, Ah Mau, Robson – Reserves: Lomax, Allgood

Unavailable:

  • St George impressively saw off Sydney Roosters last week, a win which highlighted the Dragons’ credentials this year. Nene Macdonald’s try in the opening minute set the tone for the Dragons who led from that point on in a 24-8 victory.
  • Reece Robson has been named on the bench in what could be his NRL debut. He replaces Jacob Host with the Dragons yet again having no injury concerns.
  • The Dragons have had the most average possession across the NRL this season with 56% which is 3% higher than the side with the second highest average possession. With St George having just 48% of the ball against the Roosters, it showed they have found different ways to win.

STORM

Head Coach: Craig Bellamy

Starting 13: Slater, Vunivalu, Chambers, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Jacks, Welch, C. Smith, Asofa-Solomona, F. Kaufusi, Hoffman, Finucane – Interchanges: B. Smith, K. Bromwich, Stimson, Kasiano – Reserves: Kamikamica, Croft

Unavailable: Sandor Earl, Jahrome Hughes, Jesse Bromwich, Curtis Scott, Tim Glasby

  • Melbourne were irresistible in the first half last week as they blew away New Zealand Warriors. The Storm took a 38-0 lead into the break as they proved far too good for the Warriors and despite taking their foot off the gas, claimed a 50-10 win.
  • Tim Glasby and Curtis Scott miss out with injuries with Justin Olam and Dale Finucane named in their place. Christian Welch has also made the move to prop.
  • Whilst the Storm haven’t always been the most consistent with ball-in-hand, everything fell into place last week. They completed at 86%, made six line breaks and averaged 45.4m a set, 4m more than the Warriors.

THE PREDICTION

In what has the potential to be one of games of the season so far, table-toppers St George host Melbourne. The Dragons have been extremely consistent this season, only losing one game from eight so far whilst the Storm produced their best performance of the season as they demolished the Warriors last week. If both teams play to their potential, it should be a free-flowing game with plenty of attacking ability on display. Both are capable of winning this but St George can lay down a real marker here by knocking off the reigning Premiers.

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