2021 NRL – Canterbury Bulldogs vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canterbury Bulldogs vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Saturday 10th April, 2021 – 08:30 (UK)

Where is Canterbury Bulldogs vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Stadium Australia, Sydney

Where can I get tickets for Canterbury Bulldogs vs Melbourne Storm? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Canterbury Bulldogs 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 Canterbury Bulldogs 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

THE TEAM NEWS

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Cotric, Hopoate, Allan, T. Katoa, Averillo, Flanagan, Thompson, S. Katoa, Hetherington, Elliott, Waddell, Jackson – Interchanges: Topine, Atoni, Napa, Ogden – Reserves: Wakeham, Smith, Britt, Stimson

Unavailable: Jayden Okunbor (Injured), Christian Crichton (Injured), Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Injured), Jeremy Marshall-King (Injured), Lachlan Lewis (Injured), Nick Meaney (Injured)

  • Canterbury Bulldogs were inexpiably nilled for the third game in succession as they put in another woeful display and despite playing just four rounds in 2021, they have conceded 122 points while scoring just 16.
  • Their points all came in their opening contest with the Bulldogs continuing to struggle with the ball in last week’s 0-38 loss to South Sydney Rabbitohs but there is obviously plenty for head coach Trent Barrett to work on defensively too.

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Jennings, R. Smith, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, B. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Asofa-Solomona – Interchanges: Lewis, Kamikamica, Eisenhuth, Hynes – Reserves: Pene, Ieremia, Lee, Grant

Unavailable: Dale Finucane (Injured), Max King (Injured)

  • Melbourne Storm overcame a lacklustre start to last week’s clash with Brisbane Broncos as they ran riot in the final 55 minutes of the game, amassing 40 unanswered points during that period to run out comfortable 40-6 winners which ensured they avoided a third straight loss.
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen stole the show on his return from injury as he ran in four first half tries in a devastating 11-minute spell and the Storm will hope for more against their struggling opponents here, especially as hooker Harry Grant could make his own return from injury.

THE PREDICTION

Canterbury Bulldogs have been extremely poor in their last three matches and they have failed to post a single point in any of those in what is a very worrying trend. They have plenty to do if they are to end their poor form, especially in this clash with reigning premiers Melbourne Storm who posted 40 points last week. The Bulldogs will be desperate to get off to a good start and find a way onto the scoreboard but it is unlikely to matter even if they do with the Storm set to compound their woes in this one by covering the -27.5 handicap.

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