Melbourne Storm put their unbeaten start to the season on the line with a blockbuster clash with the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on Thursday night.
Storm v Broncos kicks off at 8.05pm AEDT on Thursday at AAMI Park. Live streaming is available via bet365 (geo restrictions apply in Australia and NZ).
Preview and Tips
Melbourne Storm have started with two wins from two but face arguably their toughest test yet when they host the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park in the opening game of NRL Round 3.
In the game of the round, the Storm clash with a Broncos side who will be wounded by last week's Golden Point defeat to rivals North Queensland Cowboys.
That defeat left the Brisbane side with a win and a loss to start the 2017 season and they go into the trip to Melboune as clear underdogs.
The Storm have been impressive in the opening two weeks, conceding just 16 points, and have underlined their pre-season status as the favourites to win the 2017 premiership.
And Craig Bellamy's side are boosted further by the return of Billy Slater at full-back for the first time in more than a year.
Melbourne also have the wood over the Broncos with 17 wins in the last 21 meetings, although the spoils were shared last season with the Storm winning 48-16 in Round 17 before Brisbane gained revenge with a 26-16 success at AAMI Park in Round 25.
Will they be able to repeat that success and upset the odds on Thursday night? The signs suggest it will be another Melbourne victory - but only just.
- Melbourne Storm have won 17 of the last 21 meetings
- Brisbane Broncos did, however, win the last encounter 26-16 in Round 25 last season
- Storm have conceded just 16 points in their opening two games this season
Billy Slater returns at fullback for Melbourne Storm after more than a year on the sidelines, and his comeback means Cameron Munster switches to five-eighth. Ryley Jacks drops out of the side. Tim Glasby replaces Christian Welsh at prop and Jesse Bromwich is on the bench on his return along with Mark Nicholls and Young Tonumaipea.
Brisbane Broncos are unchanged from last week's defeat to the Cowboys, with Benji Marshall, George Fai, David Mead and Jonus Pearson added to the reserves.
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