2020 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? Sunday 30th August, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles taking place? Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

What is the expected weather for Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles? 19c, cloudy

What channel is Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles 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 Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles? 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 Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Seve, Lee, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, Faasuamaleaui, Asofa-Solomona – Interchanges: Hynes, Schonig, Jacks, Vete – Reserves: Lewis, Lumelume

Unavailable: Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Max King (Injured), Paul Momirovski (Injured), Ricky Leutele (Match Fitness), Suliasi Vunivalu (Injured), Dale Finucane (Injured), Brandon Smith (Injured), Kenny Bromwich (Injured), Tom Eisenhuth (Injured), Sandor Earl (Injured)

  • Melbourne Storm’s under-strength side were unable to continue their brilliant run of form as they were kept scoreless against Parramatta Eels last week with that defeat ending their eight-match winning streak.
  • The Storm were not blown away by the Eels but looked fairly toothless in attack in the 14-0 reverse, although they will fully believe they can make an instant response to that as they welcome some of their big guns back.
  • Skipper Cameron Smith is back to lead the side along with first-choice halfback pairing Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes to hand the Storm a huge boost while prop Jesse Bromwich also returns from suspension.

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Starting 13: Funa, Taufua, Parker, Gosiewski, Garrick, Cust, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Levi, Taupau, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic – Interchanges: Croker, Waddell, Keppie, Paseka – Reserves: Hopoate, Miski

Unavailable: Manase Fainu (Disciplinary), Tom Trbojevic (Injured), Dylan Walker (Injured), Brendan Elliot (Injured), Moses Suli (Injured)

  • Manly Sea Eagles’ season continues to unravel and they suffered a huge loss last week as South Sydney Rabbitohs embarrassed them to all but end their hopes of making a late charge for the top eight.
  • The Sea Eagles shipped 38 first half points without reply and despite showing some fight in the second half, it was nowhere near enough as they struggled to contain the Rabbitohs who enjoyed 64% of the ball.
  • Albert Hopoate has been named amongst the reserves after being recalled from his loan with New Zealand Warriors and he is expected to be a late inclusion but the Sea Eagles are without Moses Suli so Jack Gosiewski will start at centre.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Storm were beaten for the first time in nine matches last week but the fact they were kept scoreless is likely to spur on them on to produce a big response in this clash with Manly Sea Eagles. The Storm were unable to cope with a huge injury list as they slipped to a 14-0 defeat against Parramatta Eels but the Sea Eagles were hammered in their game with South Sydney Rabbitohs as they lost for the fourth game in a row. With Melbourne’s key men in the spine returning this week, they are likely to be too good for Manly and should win by at least 12 points.

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