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Sea Eagles vs Storm Tips & Betting Preview - Can the Storm extend their unbeaten Round 1 run?

  • The Melbourne Storm has won 17-straight round 1 matches
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Todd Davey 13 Mar 2020
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Sea Eagles vs Storm Tips & Betting Preview

The Sea Eagles host the Storm on Sunday as both teams look to get their campaigns off to the perfect start.

The Storm come into round one having won 17-straight season openers and will be confident of defeating a team they've beaten in two of their last three meetings.

The Sea Eagles have a number of key players coming into the game under injury clouds but will still fancy themselves at home to a Melbourne team missing a number of players from last year's team.

Sea Eagles Team News

Backs: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans Forwards: 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic Interchange: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Sean Keppie 16. Morgan Boyle 17. Haumole Olakauatu Reserves: 18. Toafofoa Sipley 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Tevita Funa 21. Zac Saddler

Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler named forwards Addin Fonua-Blake and Jake Trbojevic in the Manly line up despite the pair have reportedly done minimal contact. 

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Storm Team News

Backs: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes Forwards: 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich Interchange: 13. Dale Finucane 14. Harry Grant 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Max King 17. Tom Eisenhuth Reserves: 18. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 19. Brenko Lee 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Darryn Schonig

The Storm are without centres Curtis Scott and Will Chambers, who no longer at the club while utility forward Brandon Smith has been sidelined with a facial fracture.

Sea Eagles vs Storm Head to Head

The Sea Eagles vs Storm rivalry stands in Melbourne's favour with 20 wins, 15 losses and two draws.

Melbourne has won two of the last three meetings between the sides including a 30 point thumping at the end of the 2019 season.

Sea Eagles vs Storm Betting Odds

The Storm are the slight $1.77 favourites heading into Saturday with the Sea Eagles just beyond even money at $2.05

The line for the Storm is set at -2.0.

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Sea Eagles vs Storm Match Up

The fullbacks Tom Trbojevic and Ryan Papenhuyzen are the key players here. 

Trbojevic is on the comeback trail from injury but has been cleared to play while Papenhuyzen is coming off a breakout year at the back for the Storm. How Papaenhuyzen deals with the added exposure will be interesting to follow as the season progresses.

Sea Eagles vs Storm Key Stats

  • Melbourne has won its last 17 opening round matches
  • Melbourne has covered the line in eight of its last nine interstate matches
  • Each of Manly's last four round one matches have gone under the total match points line

Sea Eagles vs Storm FAQ

When does the Sea Eagles vs Storm match kick off?

The Sea Eagles vs Storm match is scheduled to kick off at 4.05pm AEDT on Friday, March 15 from Lottoland in Sydney.

Where is the Sea Eagles vs Storm match being played?

The Sea Eagles host the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland on Sunday, which is located in Sydney.

How can I live stream the Sea Eagles vs Storm match?

Visit our live streaming page for information on how you can watch the Manly Sea Eagles vs Melbourne Storm.



The Melbourne Storm always hit the ground running and with the line only at two points we're backing the men from Melbourne to kick their campaign off with an 18th straight round one victory.

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