2020 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Sunday 2nd August, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

What is the expected weather for Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights? 19c, mostly sunny

What channel is Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights 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 Newcastle Knights? 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 Newcastle Knights? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Vunivalu, Seve, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, Asofa-Solomona, C. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: B. Smith, Faasuamaleaui, Vete, Eisenhuth – Reserves: Jacks, Hynes, Schonig, J. Bromwich

Unavailable: Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Sandor Earl (Injured), Max King (Injured), Brenko Lee (Injured), Paul Momirovski (Injured)

  • Melbourne Storm took a while to get going in their clash with Brisbane Broncos last week but they put their opposition to the sword in a clinical 51-minute spell in which they won 0-40 from the 29th minute of the game.
  • The Storm scored seven tries during that period but perhaps more impressively was how they prevented their opponents from even coming close to score as they dominated through the middle, amassing over 750 metres more than the Broncos.
  • With an impressive 12 line breaks, the Storm were able to cause problems throughout in the dominating 8-46 success and they will look to build on that this week, although they will be without the injured Paul Momirovski and Brenko Lee with Marion Seve and Tom Eisenhuth taking their spots.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, Tuala, Moga, Best, Hunt, Mann, Pearce, Klemmer, Randall, J. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Guerra, Barnett – Interchanges: Crossland, King, Saulo, Ese’ese – Reserves: Hoy, Momoisea, Lino, Croker

Unavailable: Jayden Brailey (Injured), Tim Glasby (Injured), Edrick Lee (Injured), Daniel Saifiti (Injured), Andrew McCullough (Injured), Connor Watson (Injured), Sione Mata’utia (Injured)

  • Newcastle Knights produced their worst performance of the season as they lost to Canterbury Bulldogs last week and head coach Adam O’Brien has placed his entire side on notice following what he perceived as a poor attitude in that contest.
  • The Knights were 0-18 down headed into the final quarter of the match and despite the Knights crossing for two tries to narrow the deficit to just six points, they were unable to find an extra effort as they succumbed to the disappointing loss.
  • To make matters worse for Newcastle, Connor Watson and Andrew McCullough both collected season-ending injuries while Sione Mata’utia also suffered an injury so Chris Randall comes in at hooker and Phoenix Crossland and Josh King are the new faces on the bench.

THE PREDICTION

Newcastle Knights could barely have put in a worse performance than the one they served up last week as they allowed Canterbury Bulldogs to earn just their second win of the season. It was a terrible showing from the Knights and if there is not a reaction in this game with Melbourne Storm, things could get messy with the Storm capable of putting them to the sword. That is exactly what Melbourne did to Newcastle last week and having won five games in a row as well as beating the Knights in their last eight matches, this is set to be a straightforward win for the Storm who should win by at least eight points.

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