Melbourne Storm host the Sea Eagles on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday afternoon. The Storm are flying high in second position on the ladder and get a number of star names back, while Manly look to have no answers without Tom Trbojevic.
Storm Form & Team News
Despite missing a plethora of stars last week against the Parramatta Eels, the Storm fought on doggedly to go down 14-0 to their top four rivals.
Melbourne had won eight in a row prior that last week's loss, including two big wins over another of the top four in the shape of the Sydney Roosters.
Cameron Smith, Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes all return, replacing Brendon Smith (broken jaw), Ryley Jacks and Cooper Johns in the halves.
Jesse Bromwich returns for his younger brother Kenny Bromwich (calf), pushing Tom Eisenhuth to the second-row, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui to the bench and Albert Vete to the reserves.
The Storm team for Sunday can be found below:
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Marion Seve 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Tom Eisenhuth 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Nicho Hynes 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Sandor Earl 17. Darryn Schonig 18. Ryley Jacks 19. Chris Lewis 20. Albert Vete 21. Isaac Lumelume
Sea Eagles Form & Team News
It was horrific watch for Sea Eagles supporters in the first half last weekend as they trailled the South Sydney Rabbitohs 38-0 at halftime, before eventually going down 56-16.
Manly have now lost their last four games in a row and are struggling to find a way to win without star man Tom Trbojevic.
Tevita Funa has been named to start at fullback, pushing Reuben Garrick to the wing, while Jack Gosiewski shifts to centre for the injured Moses Suli (foot).
Martin Tapau and Joel Thompson will start at prop and second-row respectively, pushing Taniela Paseka and Corey Waddell to the bench.
The Sea Eagles team list for Sunday can be found below:
1. Tevita Funa 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Jack Gosiewski 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Albert Hopoate 19. Abbas Miski 20. Morgan Boyle 21. Haumole Olakau'atu
Storm vs Sea Eagles Head To Head
The Storm and Sea Eagles once boasted the most brutal rivalry in the game. However, the Storm have dominated their latest clashes winning five of the last seven.
The Storm came out victors the last time they met the Sea Eagles, recording an 18-4 win in the opening round of this season.
Storm vs Sea Eagles Betting Odds
Melbourne Storm are $1.17 to return to winning ways with Manly Sea Eagles heavy underdogs at $5.25. The line has been set at +14.5 points for Manly.
Storm vs Sea Eagles Match Up
Jesse Bromwich is one of the best front-rowers in the game and will be looking to make amends after missing last weekend's clash against the Eels due to suspension.
In his face will be Addin Fonua-Blake, with the Sea Eagles ball of muscle one of the most improved forwards in the game.
Always a talent, Fonua-Blake has enjoyed a breakout last two years, stamping himself as one of the most damaging ball runners in the game. Possessing a scary combination of size, strength, footwork and ball skills, he is vital towards the Sea Eagles chances of standing a chance against Melbourne’s star pack.
In a game which will lack no aggression, the clash between Bromwich and Fonua-Blake looks worth the wait.
Storm vs Sea Eagles Key Stats
- Melbourne Storm have won 8 of their last 9 matches.
- Manly Sea Eagles have lost their last 4 games in a row.
- Manly's Des Hasler is the only current NRL coach with a winning record over Storm coach Craig Bellamy, winning 17 from 30 head to heads.
- The Storm have won 5 of their last 7 matches over the Sea Eagles.