2018 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Preview


When? Sunday 12th August, 07:10 (UK)

Where? AAMI Park

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena
Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=STORM2218




Head Coach: Craig Bellamy

Starting 13: Slater, Vunivalu, Chambers, Scott, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Asofa-Solomona, F. Kaufusi, Hoffman, Finucane – Interchanges: K. Bromwich, Glasby, Welch, Stimson – Reserves: Kamikamica, B. Smith, Blair, Croft

Unavailable: Sam Kasiano

  • Melbourne lost out in their top-of-the-ladder clash with South Sydney last week. The Rabbitohs were too good in the second half as they continually kept the Storm in their own half with all of that pressure telling as they went down 30-20.

  • Skipper Cameron Smith has been named for the Storm despite leaving the field with an injury last week. Suliasi Vunivalu is back in the side after he was a late withdrawal last week, replacing Cheyse Blair.

  • Last week’s defeat was Melbourne’s first in nine matches and cost them their place at the top of the ladder although they will return to the summit with a win here.


Head Coach: Shane Flanagan

Starting 13: Holmes, Dugan, Ramien, Leutele, Katoa, Moylan, Townsend, Fifita, Brailey, Prior, Lewis, Graham, Gallen – Interchanges: Sorensen, Segeyaro, Woods, Bukuya – Reserves: Paulo, Seumanufagai, Feki, Flanagan

Unavailable: Jack Williams, Kurt Capewell

  • Cronulla lost a thriller against Manly last week as the Sharks were sunk by a Daly Cherry-Evans drop goal in golden point. In a game that saw the lead change several times, the Sharks couldn’t hold on to their lead with the Sea Eagles forcing the game to golden point with six minutes left before snatching the 32-33 win.

  • Shane Flanagan has gone with the same 17 that were defeated last week as he seeks a response from his players.

  • Cronulla have lost their last two games and a third defeat in a row here could put their top 8 place under threat, particularly if Wests Tigers pick up a win this weekend.


Melbourne were outplayed by South Sydney in their top-of-the-table clash last week but can regain first place on the ladder with a win here. They host a Cronulla side that have lost their last two and could find their place in the top 8 under threat if other results go against them this weekend. The Storm didn’t play particularly badly last week but were on the end of some brutal defence by the Rabbitohs that penned them in their own half for much of the second period. The Sharks on the other hand will be seeking an improvement after losing at home to the Sea Eagles in a game they were expected to win comfortably. AAMI Park isn’t a fun place to go when needing a win which is what the Sharks need here to avoid any doubts over their play-off spot but it’s the Storm that should win this and head back to the top of the ladder.