2020 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? Friday 5th June, 2020 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs taking place? AAMI Park, Melbourne

What is the expected weather for Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs? 8c, partly cloudy

What channel is Melbourne Storm vs South Sydney Rabbitohs 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 South Sydney Rabbitohs? 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 South Sydney Rabbitohs? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Vunivalu, Olam, Seve, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Finucane – Interchanges: B. Smith, Faasuamaleaui, King, Lee – Reserves: Schonig, Lewis

Unavailable: Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Sandor Earl (Injured), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Suspended)

  • Melbourne Storm had plenty of question marks surrounding their style of play and how they would be able to adapt to the new rules that have been implemented to speed the ruck up but they have work to do following their showing against Canberra Raiders last week.
  • The Storm were punished for some uncharacteristic errors and despite seeing 55% of the ball, they completed just 27 of 40 sets for a completion rate of 68% which ultimately proved to be their undoing.
  • They did show some promising signs with the ball but must be more clinical in this contest as they attempt to get back to winning ways, although they will be without giant prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona who copped a ban last week with Brenko Lee taking his place in the 17.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Mitchell, Gagai, Graham, Burns, Johnston, Dargan, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Murray, Knight – Interchanges: Nicholls, Lowe, Sironen, Goodwin – Reserves: Amone, Kolomatangi

Unavailable: Hame Sele (Injured), Cody Walker (Suspended)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs were second best in their derby with bitter rivals Sydney Roosters and now face another tough challenge as they head to AAMI Park to face Melbourne Storm in an attempt to put a horrible record behind them.
  • The Rabbitohs have lost on all of their last 15 trips to Melbourne and if they are to be successful on this visit, they will need to make more metres with the ball having managed an average of just 39m per set last week while allowing the Roosters to make 47.2m.
  • The lack of Cody Walker harmed the Rabbitohs last week with their halves failing to really create but they will hope to put in a better showing for Wayne Bennett who makes a solitary change to his side with Bryson Goodwin elevated to the bench in place of Patrick Mago.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Storm have felt the wrath of head coach Craig Bellamy this week as he voiced his displeasure at their performance in their loss to Canberra Raiders in Round 3. That usually invokes a response which spells bad news for South Sydney Rabbitohs who lost out in their derby to Sydney Roosters last week. The Rabbits have lost on all of their 15 previous trips to Melbourne and they look set for more misery here with the Storm likely to be more clinical than they were last week. If that is the case, South Sydney’s defence does not look capable of keeping them at bay having conceded almost double the amount of points than their hosts through just three rounds and the Storm's superior defence should ensure that they are able to cover the -6 handicap.

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