2019 NRL – Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Saturday 31st August, 08:30

Where is Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Lottoland

What channel is Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm on?
UK – Sky Sports Action
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm?
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500002

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

THE TEAM NEWS

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES

Head Coach: Des Hasler

Starting 13: T. Trbojevic, Taufua, Elliot, Suli, Garrick, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Koroisau, Taupau, Gosiewski, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Fainu, Waddell, Boyle, Paseka – Reserves: Croker, Funa, Parker, Perrett

Unavailable: Albert Hopoate, Toafofoa Sipley, Joel Thompson

  • Manly secured a vitally important win over top 4 rivals Canberra as the Sea Eagles ended Round 23 level on points with the Raiders but face a tough test of their premiership credentials as they host Melbourne.

  • Joel Thompson has suffered a broken forearm and could miss the rest of the season for the Sea Eagles unless they go deep into the finals but his loss, for this week at least, is tempered by the return of fellow back rower Curtis Sironen.

  • Brad Parker is listed among the reserves and could be a late inclusion to the side following a knee injury which has sidelined him for the past two games with Brendan Elliot likely to make way in the centres if Parker can prove his fitness.

MELBOURNE STORM

Head Coach: Craig Bellamy

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Vunivalu, Chambers, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Asofa-Solomona, F. Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: B. Smith, Faasuamaleaui, King, Eisenhuth – Reserves: Scott, Croft, Earl, Grant

Unavailable: Christian Welch

  • Melbourne put in a very poor first half display against Gold Coast but did enough in the second half to all-but seal the minor premiership and will need to improve on that performance as they travel to Manly to face the Sea Eagles.

  • Will Chambers is a surprise name in the Storm team this week after he had been ruled out for up to four weeks following a sprained ankle but he comes back into the side for Curtis Scott after making a miraculous recovery.

  • Head coach Craig Bellamy has made a big change to his side this week with Brodie Croft omitted and that sees Jahrome Hughes switch to the halfback role and Ryan Papenhuyzen starts at fullback in his place.

THE PREDICTION

Manly have already defeated Melbourne this season in a thriller and this should be another high-quality encounter. The Sea Eagles need to win their final two games to secure a place in the top 4 after last week's brilliant win over the Raiders and with home advantage, they can back that up here. The Storm have made a huge alteration to their side here with the exciting Ryan Papenhuyzen earning a start with Jahrome Hughes shifting to the halves in a move that could spark their attacking play but it remains to be seen how that will pan out in what will be a tough game.

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