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  • New Zealand completed 98% of their sets in their last game
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Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors Tips


New Zealand Warriors don’t get smashed very often and completed 40/41 sets last week. If they continue to hold onto the ball they can keep this closer than the odds suggest.

  • Melbourne Storm have won 11 of their last 14 games.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 9 games against New Zealand Warriors.
  • New Zealand Warriors have lost by 16+ points in 3 of their last 19 games.
  • New Zealand Warriors completed 98% (40/41) of their sets in their last game.

Head to Head


Melbourne Storm have a 27-16 advantage against New Zealand Warriors with 2 draws in 45 games.

Melbourne Storm Form


Melbourne started the season by beating South Sydney 26-18 after racing to a 22-0 lead. The Storm lost their next two games, 16-12 against Parramatta and 12-10 against Penrith.

Craig Bellamy's side bounced back with three straight wins. The Storm beat Brisbane 40-6, Canterbury 52-18 and Sydney Roosters 20-4.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen (shoulder) has been ruled out with Nicho Hynes replacing him in the starting side.

Dale Finucane (calf) has been named on the bench to play his first game of the year.

Trent Loiero and Ryley Jacks have replaced Chris Lewis and Brenko Lee in the reserves.

Melbourne Storm Line Up


1. Nicho Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 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. Kenny Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Dale Finucane 18. Dean Ieremia 19. Ryley Jacks 20. Trent Loiero 21. Aaron Pene

New Zealand Warriors Form


New Zealand started their season with a 19-6 win against Gold Coast Titans. 

The Warriors then lost 20-16 against Newcastle after conceding a late try, bouncing back with an upset 34-31 win in Canberra.

Nathan Brown’s side  lost their next two games, 32-12 against Sydney Roosters and 13-12 against Manly. 

New Zealand Warriors beat St George Illawarra 20-14 last week. They completed 98% (40/41) of their sets and committed just four errors.

New Zealand Warriors Team News


Peta Hiku (shoulder), Adam Pompey (knee) and Paul Turner (shoulder) all ruled out. Ken Maumalo (glute) is in doubt but has been named.

Teenagers Reece Walsh and Rocco Berry could have been included as reserves.

Marcelo Montoya and Jack Murchie have been named in the centres with David Fusitu'a returning on the wing.

Bayley Sironen (shoulder) has been named on the bench with Josh Curran holding his spot in the second row. 

New recruit Reece Walsh has been named in the reserves.

New Zealand Warriors Line Up


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu'a 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Jack Murchie 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O'Sullivan 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Josh Curran 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Rocco Berry 20. Tom Ale 21. Reece Walsh 22. Taniela Otukolo

Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors FAQs

Where can I watch the Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors live stream?

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When does Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors take place?

The Round 7 clash is being played at AAMI Park on Sunday, April 24.

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Verdict

New Zealand completed 40/41 sets last week. If the Warriors continue to hold onto the ball, they can keep this closer than many expect and cash in with the +16.5 point start in Melbourne.

Best Bet: Warriors +16.5 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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