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  • New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm expert predictions for Saturday’s Round 15 NRL game
  • Kick off is at 5:30 PM at Go Media Stadium
  • Dallin Watene-Zelezniak expected to score again for the Warriors.
  • Preview, expert analysis, stats, team news & best bet
Ryan gives his best bets for Saturday's games in Round 15 of the NRL

New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm, Round 15 2024 - Expert Prediction


The 15-game curse will be broken on Saturday when the New Zealand Warriors get their first win against Melbourne since round 18, 2015.
  • New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm, Round 15 2024 - Expert Prediction
  • Head to Head 
  • New Zealand Warriors Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • New Zealand Warriors Team News
  • New Zealand Warriors Team List
  • Melbourne Storm Form Analysis & Betting Trends
  • Melbourne Storm Team News
  • Melbourne Storm Team List
  • New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm NRL 2024 Round 15 FAQ’s

The Warriors have come close in the last two games against Melbourne with the Storm snatching both games late, especially in round 2 this season with an aerial showcase by Xavier Coates stealing victory in the dying seconds.

The Storm’s defence was put under pressure by the Knights last weekend and the Warriors forward pack will follow the same tactic as Newcastle and muscle Melbourne through the middle. The Warriors backs will then reap the benefits and we will see New Zealand put up a good score of over 21.5 points in the game.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has proved to be un-defendable against the Storm, scoring 4 tries in his past 2 games against Melbourne and we can expect the Warriors flying winger to cross again on Saturday.

  • New Zealand have won their past 3 matches
  • New Zealand record the second-highest run metres per game at 1,543.
  • The Storm have conceded 25+ points in 3 of their past 4 matches.
  • Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has scored two tries in each of his past two games against Melbourne.

Head to Head 


Melbourne have won the past 15 games against New Zealand, including a 30-26 victory in round 2 this season.

The positive for the Warriors is that they have led late in both matches but have been unable to finish the job.

New Zealand Warriors Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
3-23-22-3

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
18.95-84-42-2

The Warriors look to be back on track and everyone will once again be jumping on the Wahs bandwagon again after their third consecutive win, which was a convincing one against the Cowboys.

New Zealand put the sword to North Queensland last weekend, beating them on their home turf 42-12. The Warriors looked the goods against a tired Cowboys defence scoring the first 4 tries of the match through the middle and out wide. 

The tries were nice but Andrew Webster was more impressed with his team's ability to neutralize the dangers of the Cowboys attack and hold them to just two scores. Defence was the key to the Warriors success last season and it is eminent that that will need to be the case again, as their average points against in a win is at just 13, while conceding an average of 25 points when they lose. 

New Zealand Warriors Team News


Shaun Johnson returns with Chanel Harris-Tavita to the bench and Te Marie Martin moving back to five-eight.

Freddy Lussick will drop of the pine and back to the reserves.

New Zealand Warriors Team List


1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
3. Rocco Berry
4. Adam Pompey
5. Marcelo Montoya
6. Te Maire Martin
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Addin Fonua-Blake
9. Wayde Egan
10. Jackson Ford
11. Marata Niukore
12. Mitchell Barnett
13. Tohu Harris

Interchange
14. Chanel Harris-Tavita
15. Dylan Walker
16. Jazz Tevaga
17. Kurt Capewell

Reserves
18. Tom Ale
20. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
21. Taine Tuaupiki
​​​​​​​22. Freddy Lussick
23. Jacob Laban

Melbourne Storm Form Analysis & Betting Trends


Recent Form
Last 5 W/LLast 5 ATSLast 5 O/U
3-21-43-2

2024 Betting Trends
$10 MLOver/Under1-1213+
15.826-67-32-0

Melbourne came out of a tough battle against Newcastle with an 8-point victory that they were not particularly proud of. The Storm were tipped by many to win 13+ but their middle defence was not up to scratch and they leaked the second-most points they have all season in their 36-28 win. 

Melbourne’s attack was at its best though and got them out of trouble in the second half with three quick tries, however, the concern for Bellamy is that his side has conceded 25+ points in 3 of their past 4 games. 

Melbourne Storm Team News


Dean Ieremia will start in the centres with Reimis Smith failing his HIA last week.

Harry Grant will start at No. 9 with Bronson Garlick moving back to the bench.

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Sua Fa'alogo
2. Grant Anderson
3. Dean Ieremia
4. Nick Meaney
5. Xavier Coates
6. Tyran Wishart
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. Tui Kamikamica
9. Harry Grant
10. Josh King
11. Shawn Blore
12. Eli Katoa
13. Trent Loiero

Interchange
14. Bronson Garlick
15. Christian Welch
16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
17. Joe Chan

Reserves
18. Young Tonumaipea
19. Jack Howarth
20. Lazarus Vaalepu
21. Chris Lewis
​​​​​​​22. Kane Bradley

New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm NRL 2024 Round 15 FAQ’s

How to watch New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm NRL 2024 Round 15?

You can watch the New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm NRL 2024 Round 15 game via Fox Sports or Kayo Sports. If you are watching from outside of Australia the WatchNRL app is the perfect solution.

How to buy tickets to New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm NRL 2024 Round 15?

To buy tickets to the New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm NRL 2024 Round 15 game check the NRL website or the official New Zealand Warriors site.

Verdict

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will cross as the Warriors score over 21.5 points and beat the Storm for the first time in 9 years.
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