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Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Storm can win without Smith

Steve Bennett 16 May 2018
  • Storm take the field without Cameron Smith
  • Sea Eagles just one win at AAMI Stadium
  • Storm won both games last year
Storm face the Sea Eagles without Cameron Smith on Saturday

A resurgence from the Sea Eagles who ended a five-game losing streak last week and the reigning premiers who will be without their captain this week makes for a very interesting clash on Saturday night.

Storm vs Sea Eagles kicks off at 7.30pm AEST on Saturday night at AAMI Park. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction



Match Preview

Although given a little fright early, the Storm managed to get the better of the Titans last week and take home the two competition points. It did, however, come at a cost with their hooker and captain Cameron Smith copping a one-week suspension for dangerous contact.

The Sea Eagles turned up at Suncorp Stadium full of fire and ready to play. After transferring their home game to Brisbane, it made little difference as they never gave the Broncos a minute’s peace and finished the match worthy winners.

It was a far different Manly side that had lost it’s previous five matches and they were led by a hungry Jake Trbojevic whose man-of-the-match performance was a prime example of what the Manly side is capable of doing. 

The Storm have been scratchy of late and seem to be missing their front running prop Jesse Bromwich who they clearly missed in their big loss to the Dragons in round 9. This week they are still without the International front-rower and now without the Australian captain (Cameron Smith) as well.

But all is not lost for the Melbourne side with the likes of fullback Billy Slater and in-form five-eight Cameron Munster there to guide the ship. With Origin jerseys on the line, they will be out to impress selectors along with the returning Tim Glasby and centre Will Chambers.

With Smith and front rower Sam Kasiano both missing through suspension, the Storm will have to lift a gear to hold out a much improved Manly side. But with one of the fastest backlines in the game we believe they can outscore the Sea Eagles and enjoy a home victory.

Match Odds

Storm - $1.46

Sea Eagles - $2.75


Stats

Head-to-head: Played 32… Storm 18 wins,  Sea Eagles 13 wins,  1 Draw

Matches at venue: Played 6… Storm 4 wins,  Sea Eagles 1 win, 1 Draw

2017 Results:  Round 7 (Lottoland) Storm 30-26,  Round 21 (AMMI Park) Storm 40-6

Teams

Storm: 1 Billy Slater (c), 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Christian Welch, 9 Brandon Smith, 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Felise Kaufusi, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Dale Finucane
Interchange: 14 Tim Glasby, 15 Kenny Bromwich, 16 Joe Stimson, 17 Jahrome Hughes
Reserves: 18 Patrick Kaufusi, 19 Brodie Croft, 20 Harry Grant, 21 Justin Olam

Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Matthew Wright, 3 Moses Suli, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Dylan Walker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Shaun Lane, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14 Trent Hodkinson, 15 Frank Winterstein, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Toafofoa Sipley
Reserves: 18 Tom Wright, 19 Lewis Brown, 20 Jorge Taufua, 21 Tevita Funa

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