2019 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Thursday 25th April, 10:50

Where is Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? AAMI Park

What channel is Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

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

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors?
Melbourne Storm – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500021

New Zealand Warriors – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500032

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STORM

Head Coach: Craig Bellamy

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

Unavailable: Scott Drinkwater, Joe Stimson, Tom Eisenhuth

  • Melbourne fought back from a 20-point deficit against Sydney Roosters but it proved in vain as they went down in golden point to Latrell Mitchell’s field goal as the Storm suffered their first loss of the year.

  • The Storm have made just the one change to their side this week with Marion Seve coming onto the bench in place of Ryan Papenhuyzen who was only given limited game time against the Roosters.

  • Melbourne will be smarting after last week’s loss and will look to bounce back immediately with their back three crucial to this having made more kick metre returns than any other team so far this season with an average of 229.4m per game.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Beale, Hiku, Kata, Maumalo, Harris-Tavita, Green, Paasi, Luke, Ah Mau, Blair, Harris, Burr – Interchanges: Tevaga, Papali’i, Afoa, Roache – Reserves: Perham, Pulu, Herbert, Satae

Unavailable: David Fusitu’a

  • New Zealand Warriors produced an awful performance as they went down to a disappointing home defeat to North Queensland Cowboys and now face a daunting trip to AAMI Park.

  • Blake Green makes a timely return for the Warriors which sees Peta Hiku revert to the centres but David Fusitu'a is out with a rib injury with Gerard Beale taking his place on the wing.

  • Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is a doubt having picked up a knock in last week’s game but he has been named at fullback and will play if he comes through the Captain’s Run without any adverse reaction.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne started slowly against Sydney Roosters as they looked to be putting in a third below-par performance in a row but hit back from 0-20 down to level the scores, only to go down in golden point. They now host the struggling Warriors in what could be a blowout. Melbourne rarely lose two games in a row and this doesn’t look like being one of those occasions with the Warriors falling short of a performance to match the Storm despite the return of Blake Green.