2020 NRL – Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Saturday 21st March, 2020 – 08:35

Where is Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm? 19c in mostly cloudy skies

What channel is Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Cronulla Sharks vs Melbourne Storm? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CRONULLA SHARKS

Starting 13: Kennedy, Katoa, Morris, Ramien, Mulitalo, Johnson, Townsend, Fifita, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Graham, Williams – Interchanges: Tracey, Hamlin-Uele, Rudolf, Sorensen – Reserves: Magoulias, Dugan

Unavailable: Cameron King (Injured), Matt Moylan (Injured), Bronson Xerri (Injured)

  • Cronulla were defeated by South Sydney in round 1 as their late fightback in the second half saw them fall just short of their opponents but they will hope they can build on that effort towards the end of the game.
  • Josh Dugan could be a late inclusion for the Sharks after he was named among the reserves as he bids to overcome a knee injury but Bronson Xerri is still at least a week away because of a shoulder injury.
  • In the initial team named by John Morris, he has retained the same 17 as last week but should Dugan prove his fitness, he will likely take up a role somewhere along the backline.

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Vunivalu, Seve, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Kamikamica, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: Faasuamaleaui, King, Asofa-Solomona, Eisenhuth – Reserves: Grant, Lee

Unavailable: Brandon Smith (Injured)

  • Melbourne produced a strong performance late in the game as they scored three tries in the final quarter to overcome a valiant Manly side but it was their defence that stood out as they limited the Sea Eagles to just four points by means of two penalty goals.
  • The Storm have been able to name the same 17 as last week with Dale Finucane managing to overcome a head knock he suffered against Manly and Nelson Asofa-Solomona showed no ill-effects from the injury that had threatened to keep him out of the side.
  • Asofa-Solomona was a late inclusion last week but is named on the bench from the off this week while the Storm are hoping that Christian Welch can build some fitness with Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup following an ACL injury.

THE PREDICTION

Cronulla were outplayed for most of the game against South Sydney but will be buoyed by their late fightback. They will need to be much-improved as they host Melbourne but the Storm showed their class late on in round 1 with three tries in the final 20 minutes to seal the win. They avoided conceding a single try last week with that defensive effort standing them in good stead and the Storm should be good for the Sharks who are capable of covering -4.5.

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