2019 NRL – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Friday 3rd May, 10:55

Where is Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Melbourne Storm taking place? PointsBet Stadium

What channel is Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Melbourne Storm on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Melbourne Storm?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs Melbourne Storm?
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500028

Melbourne Storm – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500021

THE TEAM NEWS

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS

Head Coach: John Morris

Starting 13: Kennedy, Feki, Xerri, Morris, Katoa, Flanagan, Townsend, Fifita, J. Brailey, Prior, Nikora, Capewell, Gallen – Interchanges: B. Brailey, Bukuya, Williams, Hamlin-Uele – Reserves: Sorensen, Mulitalo, Gray, Dugan

Unavailable: Wade Graham, Matt Moylan, Aaron Woods, Shaun Johnson

  • Cronulla suffered a heavy defeat against Brisbane and with their injury problems continuing to mount as they host Melbourne this week, the Sharks need to try and come out of this tough period with their season still intact.

  • The Sharks lost Josh Dugan just before kick-off last week whilst Shaun Johnson hobbled off with both suffering hamstring injuries with the latter ruled out whilst the former has been named amongst the reserves but isn’t expected to play.

  • Sione Katoa comes onto the wing in place of with Ronaldo Mulitalo who made his debut in Dugan’s absence last week whilst Kyle Flanagan gets his shot at five-eighth with Johnson out but Briton Nikora makes a welcome return in the back row after serving a ban.

MELBOURNE STORM

Head Coach: Craig Bellamy

Starting 13: Hughes, Vunivalu, Chambers, Seve, Addo-Carr, Munster, Croft, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Asofa-Solomona, F. Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: B. Smith, Welch, Kamikamica, Papenhuyzen – Reserves: Walters, P. Kaufusi, Stimson, Scott

Unavailable: Scott Drinkwater, Tom Eisenhuth

  • Melbourne were lucky to come away with the win as they put in a hugely disappointing performance at home to New Zealand Warriors and will be looking for a much-improved effort here.

  • The Storm had to rely on Cameron Smith to guide them to the win last week and he has jumped to second in the Dally M table after a three-point display with Melbourne seemingly struggling to find the same attacking cohesion and structure without Billy Slater at fullback.

  • Nelson Asofa-Solomona has been named in the run-on side after he came off the bench in last week’s contest with Christian Welch back to the interchanges in the only change to the side that won.

THE PREDICTION

Cronulla have plenty of their salary cap currently sat in the stands and that figure increased with Josh Dugan and Shaun Johnson joining the injury list last week. They went down to Brisbane and now host a Melbourne side who were lucky to win last week but are sure to improve here. Craig Bellamy was left fuming with his side’s display and will demand more this week as he tries to find some consistency to his side’s play, especially in attack. The Sharks will be game but will ultimately fall short with too much talent sat on the sidelines.