The Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights
on Sunday in what looms as one of the matches of the season.
The Storm sit second on the premiership ladder, while the Knights are in seventh and a loss will see them at risk of falling as low as eighth on the ladder.
Who will win this battle of the finals contenders?
Storm Form & Team News
The juggernaut that is the Melbourne Storm continued to roll dominating the Broncos in the second-half last week.
After starting slow out of the blocks, Craig Bellamy’s men came home with a wet sail led by the evergreen Cameron Smith and livewire fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen.
Marion Seve replaces Brenko Lee (broken hand), while Jessie Bromwich is a chance of returning from and MCL injury, however, Craig Bellamy will take a cautious approach with his star forward.
The Storm team for Sunday can be found below:
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 17. Tom Eisenhuth 19. Nicholas Hynes 20. Darryn Schonig 21. Jesse Bromwich
Knights Form & Team News
The Newcastle Knights suffered a shock loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs at home last week, however, in worst news was the loss of Andrew McCullough and Connor Watson for the season.
Chris Randall will start in the hooker position, while Sione Mata’utia is also out with Aidan Guerra starting in the second-row.
Lead by David Klemmer in the front-row, the Knights are without a doubt a top four class team, however, consistently continues to dog their season.
The Newcastle Knights team list for Sunday can be found below:
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Tautau Moga 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Josh King 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Herman Ese'ese 18. Tex Hoy 19. Jirah Momoisea
Storm vs Knights Head To Head
The Storm have won 27 of 42 matches against the Knights.
The Storm have won their last six straight games against the Knights going back over four years.
Storm vs Knights Betting Odds
The Melbourne Storm are the $1.26 favourites heading into Sunday with the Knights the $4.25 outsiders.
Newcastle gets a +10.5 head start in the match line betting.
Storm vs Knights Match Up
The match up of the round comes in the final game of the week when two of the games most electric players come head-to-head in Kalyn Ponga and Ryan Papenhuyzen.
Two young guns with the world at their feet, both fullbacks possess an electric turn of foot and the talent to change a game in seconds. Each player will be stalking their forwards behind the ruck for a chance in broken play.
Storm vs Knights Key Stats
- The Storm are $1.25 favourites to win the game and continue their march towards another minor premiership
- The Knights haven’t defeated the Storm in over six games dating back four years
- The Storm have won seven of their last eight games, winning their last two games by an accumulated 88-14