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Dragons vs Storm Betting Tips, Preview & Odds - Storm value despite resting stars

  • St George Illawarra Dragons and Melbourne meet on Sunday
  • The game is the final match of the regular NRL season
  • The Dragons have lost their last 4 matches
  • The Storm have won 12 of their last 13 matches
  • The Storm have made 12 changes to their side for the game
Ryan Papenhuyzen
Ryan Papenhuyzen returns for Melbourne Storm (Getty Images)

Melbourne Storm have chosen to rest a host of big names for the final game of the regular NRL season against St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday. The Storm will finish second on the ladder, but can the second string stake their claim for finals spots against the Dragons?

Dragons Form & Team News

The Dragons have missed the finals and come into their final game of the season on the back of four straight losses. In the bigger picture, St George have lost seven of their last nine games.

The Dragons were thumped 42-18 by Newcastle Knights last weekend, a game which followed a 29-point loss to the Canberra Raiders the previous week. Have St George signed off for the season already?

In search of a win to end the season, the Dragons make a number of changes. Jayden Sullivan will make his debut in the halves and partners the returning Adam Clune, in place of the suspended Ben Hunt and dropped Corey Norman.

An eye injury rules out Paul Vaughan, so Kaide Ellis starts at prop. Max Feagai has been named on the wing in place of Jordan Pereira, Euan Aitken comes back into the centres for Brayden Wiliame and Jacob Host returns in the second row for the benched Tariq Sims. 

Prop Eddie Blacker is in line for a debut after being named on the bench, where is joined by Kaide Ellis and Tyrell Fuimaono.

The Dragons team for Sunday is below: 

1. Matthew Dufty 2. Max Feagai 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Cody Ramsey 6. Jayden Sullivan 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Kaide Ellis 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Jacob Host 13. Jackson Ford 14. Tariq Sims 16. Josh Kerr 17. Eddie Blacker 21. Tyrell Fuimaono, 18. Brayden Wiliame 19. Corey Norman

Storm Form & Team News

Having secured second spot on the ladder last weekend with 50-22 victory over Wests Tigers which made it 12 wins from the last 13 matches, Melbourne Storm take the chance to resting a number of players this week.

The good news for Storm fans is that they coped admirably during the middle part of the season when in something of an injury crisis, and the second string get a chance to impress ahead of the finals.

Storm give rests to the likes of Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, Felise Kaufusi, Kenny Bromwich, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Josh Addo-Carr, Suliasi Vunivalu, Brenko Lee, Justin Olam, Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes.

The incomings include Ryan Papenhuyzen, who returns from an Achilles injury, Sandor Earl, Issac Lumelume, Ricky Leutele, Paul Momirovski, Ryley Jacks, Cooper Johns, Brandon Smith, Christian Welch, Tui Kamikamica, Tom Eisenhuth, Chris Lewis and Max King.

The Storm team for Sunday is below: 

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Sandor Earl 3. Ricky Leutele 4. Paul Momirovski 5. Isaac Lumelume 6. Ryley Jacks 7. Cooper Johns 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Tom Eisenhuth 12. Chris Lewis 13. Max King 14. Nicholas Hynes 15. Darryn Schonig 16. Albert Vete 17. Aaron Pene 18. Aaron Booth 19. Dean Ieremia 20. Trent Loiero 21. Judda Turahui

Dragons vs Storm Head to Head

It is 5-5 from the last 10 games between the Storm and Dragons, but Melbourne have won six of the last eight head to heads including the last two.

Dragons vs Storm Odds

Melbourne Storm are $2.05 outsiders after the multiple changes with the Dragons into $1.87 favourites. The line has been set at +1.5 for Melbourne to cover.

Dragons vs Storm Head to Head

  • The Dragons have lost their last 4 matches.
  • The Storm have won 12 of their last 13 matches.
  • The Storm have won 6 of their past 8 games against the Dragons.
  • The Dragons have lost 4 of their 5 games at Jubilee Stadium this season.
  • The Storm have made 12 changes to their side for the game.

Dragons vs Storm FAQs

What time is the Dragons vs Storm match?

The Dragons vs Storm match is played at 4.05pm on Sunday, September 27.

Where is the Dragons vs Storm match played?

The Dragons vs Storm match is played at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney.

How can I live stream the Dragons vs Storm match?

Check out our live streaming hub to see how you can view the Dragons vs Storm match.



Storm's 12 changes make this game a completely different betting proposition. But the Melbourne squad enjoyed success during a mid-season injury crisis and they can inflict another defeat on the Dragons. It should be a close one though.

Best Bet: Storm Win Match Result @+105 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Storm by 1-12 Winning Margin @+240 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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Betting Slip | 27 Sep 2020

St George/Illawarra Dragons v Melbourne Storm