Melbourne attempt to keep on track for a top two finish when they take on a struggling Manly side in NRL Round 16 action on Sunday.
Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Storm have won their last 15 matches in Queensland…
Storm vs Sea Eagles Tips
Storm vs Sea Eagles Match Details
?? Competition: NRL
? Date: Sunday August 30
⏰ Time: 4.05pm AEST
? Stadium: Sunshine Coast Stadium
Storm vs Sea Eagles 2020 Form (last five matches)
- R11: Broncos 8-46 Storm
- R12: Storm 26-16 Knights
- R13: Storm 41-10 Bulldogs
- R14: Roosters 6-24 Storm
- R15: Eels 14-0 Storm
Sea Eagles (WLLLL)
- R11: Cowboys 12-24 Sea Eagles
- R12: Sea Eagles 12-42 Panthers
- R13: Sea Eagles 22-26 Warriors
- R14: Knights 26-24 Sea Eagles
- R15: Rabbitohs 56-16 Sea Eagles
Storm vs Sea Eagles Head to Head (last five matches)
Melbourne have won six of their last eight meetings.
- 15/3/20: Sea Eagles 4-18 Storm
- 31/8/19: Sea Eagles 6-36 Storm
- 27/7/19: Storm 10-11 Sea Eagles
- 14/7/18: Sea Eagles 13-14 Storm
- 19/5/18: Storm 4-24 Sea Eagles
Storm vs Sea Eagles Preview and Prediction
Melbourne will be determined to bounce back from just their third loss of the season when they square off against a Manly side reeling from their embarrassing defeat to Souths last week.
The Storm were held scoreless for the first time in six years in their 14-0 loss to the Eels last week, but they welcome back several key players for this encounter.
Cameron Smith, Cameron Munster, Jahrome Hughes, Jesse Bromwich and Marion Seve all return in a huge boost to Melbourne’s attack – and after watching Manly concede 56 points last week, they will be confident of doing some damage.
With just one game against a current top eight team remaining for the season, the Storm remain on course for a top two finish, especially with Parramatta struggling to find their best form.
Meanwhile, Manly’s finals chances are all but over after losing their last four matches, including last week’s thumping to the Rabbitohs.
It was one of the club’s worst performances and their equal-worst defensive effort since 2005 – and it could have been even more than 56 points after Souths led 38-0 at half-time.
There’s no two ways around it – Manly rely heavily on Tom Trbojevic and without him they are not a top eight team.
With the majority of their big guns back and playing in Queensland, where they’ve won 15 consecutive matches, anything other than a big Melbourne win would be a surprise.
Storm vs Sea Eagles Teams
As mentioned, Smith, Munster, Hughes, Jesse Bromwich and Seve all return to the Melbourne team, with Kenny Bromwich out injured and Ryley Jacks, Cooper Johns and Albert Vete dropping out.
Moses Suli is out for the season for Manly with a foot injury, with Tevita Funa starting at fullback and Reuben Garrick to the wing. Joel Thompson returns from a tongue injury, pushing Corey Waddell to the bench.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Marion Seve 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Tom Eisenhuth 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Nicholas Hynes 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Sandor Earl 17. Darryn Schonig 18. Ryley Jacks 19. Chris Lewis 20. Albert Vete 21. Isaac Lumelume
Sea Eagles: 1. Tevita Funa 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Jack Gosiewski 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13 Jake Trbojevic 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Albert Hopoate 19. Abbas Miski 20. Morgan Boyle 21. Haumole Olakau’atu
Storm vs Manly Stats
- Melbourne have won six of their last eight meetings
- Melbourne have won their last 15 games in Queensland
- Manly are on a four-match losing run
- Storm have won their last two meetings by 13+ margins
- Storm have scored the first try in six of their last seven matches
Storm vs Manly Best Bet