Storm vs Dragons Round 9 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Storm vs Dragons Tips

Melbourne Storm target their sixth win on the bounce when they come up against the resurgent St George Illawarra Dragons in NRL Round 9 action on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne Storm vs St George Illawarra Dragons free NRL footy tips, predictions and preview – Dragons have covered the +22.5 games line in 17 of their last 18 meetings with the Storm…

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Storm vs Dragons Tips

Best Dragons +22.5 games line odds $1.87 with bet365

  • Dragons have won their last three games
  • Dragons have covered the +22.5 games line in 17 of their last 18 games vs Storm
  • Dragons have covered the +22.5 games line in six of their eight games this season
  • Storm have seen over 42.5 points in their last six games
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen has scored a try in his last nine games at AAMI Park
  • Harry Grant has scored a try in three of his last four games
  • Mikaele Ravalawa has scored a try in nine of his last 10 games outside NSW

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Storm vs Dragons Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Sunday May 8
Time: 2.00pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: AAMI Park


Storm vs Dragons Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 16/5/21: Storm 44-18 Dragons
  • 27/9/20: Dragons 30-22 Storm
  • 4/7/19: Dragons 14-16 Storm
  • 5/7/18: Storm 52-30 Dragons
  • 6/5/18: Dragons 34-14 Storm

Storm vs Dragons Preview & Prediction

The Storm look to keep the pressure on Penrith at the top of the ladder when they play host to the Dragons at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Melbourne and Penrith are clearly the benchmark in the NRL once again this season and it will take a special effort from one of the other teams to prevent them squaring off in the Grand Final come the first weekend of October.

After a somewhat slow start to the season, the Storm have clicked into gear with five consecutive wins since a golden point loss to the Eels.

All five of those victories have been by 13+ margins, with Melbourne scoring a whopping 120 points in their last two wins over the Warriors and Knights – which is more than four teams have scored all season!

Xavier Coates has crossed for a hat-trick in those two thumping wins, while Ryan Papenhuyzen is on fire and has scored a try in his last nine outings at AAMI Park.

Meanwhile, the Dragons have hit some form again after a run of four straight defeats and come into this encounter on a three-match winning streak.

Admittedly, those victories were against the embattled Knights, Tigers and a struggling Roosters side, but there’s no doubt the Dragons have improved.

When Ben Hunt starts taking the line on, the Dragons are a much better team, so the halfback has to keep up his current form if the team are to be genuine finals contenders in 2022.

VERDICT:

Obviously the Storm are overwhelming favourites and you can’t back against them in this kind of form on their own turf against a team outside the top eight.

In saying that, the Dragons have pushed the Storm fairly hard over the last decade and have covered the +22.5 games line set for Sunday in 17 of their last 18 meetings dating back to 2008. Considering the Dragons have won their last three matches, they are in a good position to cover once more (Best Dragons +22.5 games line odds $1.87 with bet365.)


Storm vs Dragons Teams

Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tyran Wishart 16. Trent Loiero 17. Jordan Grant 18. Chris Lewis 19. Bronson Garlick 20. Jayden Nikorima 21. Cooper Johns 22. Tom Eisenhuth 23. Dean Ieremia 24. Alec MacDonald

Dragons team: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Jack Bird 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Andrew McCullough 10. George Burgess 11. Tariq Sims 12. Josh Mcguire 13. Jack de Belin 14. Talatau Amone 15. Blake Lawrie 16. Aaron Woods 17. Tyrell Fuimaono 18. Jayden Sullivan 19. Cody Ramsey 20. Jack Gosiewski 21. Tyrell Sloan 22. Josh Kerr 23. Jackson Ford 24. Tautau Moga


Storm vs Dragons Stats

  • Dragons have won their last three games
  • Dragons have covered the +22.5 games line in 17 of their last 18 games vs Storm
  • Dragons have covered the +22.5 games line in six of their eight games this season
  • Storm have seen over 42.5 points in their last six games
  • Ryan Papenhuyzen has scored a try in his last nine games at AAMI Park
  • Harry Grant has scored a try in three of his last four games
  • Mikaele Ravalawa has scored a try in nine of his last 10 games outside NSW

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