Melbourne Storm will be confident of registering their fifth straight win when they come up against a struggling Cronulla Sharks side in NRL Round 8 action on Friday.
Storm vs Sharks Tips, Preview & Predictions
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Sharks have lost seven of their last eight away matches…
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks Tips
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Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday April 30
⏰ Time: 6.00pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: AAMI Park
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks Head to Head (last five matches)
- 21/3/20: Sharks 10-12 Storm
- 13/7/19: Storm 40-16 Sharks
- 3/5/19: Sharks 20-18 Storm
- 21/9/18: Storm 22-6 Sharks
- 12/8/18: Storm 14-17 Sharks
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks Preview and Prediction
Melbourne target their fifth win on the trot and look to further cement themselves in the top four when they host the Sharks on Friday night.
It’s been a typical start to the season for the reigning premiers – the Storm have won five of their seven matches and they are leading the competition for points scored, most line breaks and most line break assists.
Craig Bellamy’s side will almost certainly finish in the top four once again and be contending for the premiership.
The Storm have won their last four matches, scoring 40+ points in three of those – including last week’s 42-20 victory over the Warriors.
Even without leading point scorer Ryan Papenhuyzen, the Storm still managed 42 points, with Josh Addo-Carr stepping up for his best game of the season, using his blistering speed to score a pair of second-half tries.
Meanwhile, the Sharks’ season sunk to a new low last week when they lost at home to the previously-winless Bulldogs.
It was the worst performance of Cronulla’s season as they leaked 18 first half points to a side that went three consecutive games without scoring not so long ago.
The Sharks have now lost eight of their last 10 games dating back to last season, while coach John Morris was given his marching orders a fortnight ago. Cronulla are a club unsettled with absolutely no direction at present.
Facing Melbourne at AAMI Park is the last thing the Sharks needed. The Storm have won their last 13 matches as the home side and have scored 40 points or more in three of their last four – they should steamroll the Sharks in this one.
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks Teams
Reimis Smith replaces George Jennings on the wing for Melbourne, with Tom Eisenhuth shifting to the wing.
Will Chambers returns to the NRL for the Sharks and plays his first game against his former club in the centres in place of Josh Dugan.
Storm team: 1. Nicholas Hynes 2. Reimis Smith 3. Tom Eisenhuth 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Tui Kamikamica 14. Harry Grant 15. Dale Finucane 16. Chris Lewis 17. Ryley Jacks 18. Aaron Pene 19. Dean Ieremia 20. Trent Loiero 21. Isaac Lumelume
Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Will Chambers 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Connor Tracey 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Teig Wilton 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Matt Moylan 19. Billy Magoulias 20. Franklin Pele 21. Josh Dugan
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks Stats
- Storm have won their last 13 matches when playing at home
- Sharks have lost seven of their last eight away matches
- Sharks have lost eight of their last 10 matches dating back to last year
- Storm have scored 40+ points in three of their last four matches
- Storm have won their last four games by 13+ margins
- Josh Addo-Carr scored two tries in three minutes last week vs the Warriors
- Mawene Hiroti is one of just four players to have scored a try in the last four rounds
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