Melbourne Storm Vs Brisbane Broncos
16 March 2017, 8:05pm (AEDST)
Melbourne Storm 2-0-0
Last week Melbourne battled the elements in New Zealand and won in another powerful display, taking care of business 26-10. A close game at half time, but with Cronk and Smith directing traffic they jumped out of the gates like Phar Lap and with in 3 minutes scored a Converted Try and like the Great Thoroughbred, never looked like losing. Once again really showed the competition that they are primed for another big year.
Brisbane Broncos 1-0-1
Brisbane endured another heart breaking defeat at the hands of their “little brother” in the Cowboys. Like all little brothers though, they find a way of winning when the odds are stacked against them. It was once again a very good team performance, with Hunt starting to deliver on his large price tag and Milford starting to stay composed. The young forwards are also growing which is a sign that this club is not one to be looked over.
Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)
Storm – The biggest in is B. Slater to Fullback. This forces the developing super star, C. Munster to 5/8 and R. Jacks onto the extended bench. We won’t know exactly the teams make up until final team lists, but rumours are flowing that J. Bromwich could be another Massive In, if he’s cleared to play in this block buster. The front row seems to change every week for the Storm depending on the perceived oppositions players, once again final team lists will sort this out.
The movement of players is a slight concern, as disrupting their last two games winning formulas could mean a few errors/miss timings, especially if the weather is terrible.
Brisbane – Are staying firm with their 17 as per Team List Tuesday.
Their last 5 game report card: 3 games at AAMI stadium and 2 at Suncorp Stadium.
Melbourne Storm have won 3 games, only once at AAMI stadium, and Brisbane have won 2 games, both at AAMI stadium.
Storm victories, rd17 2016 won by 42 points, rd26 2015 won by 7 and their last victory at AAMI stadium rd26 2014 won by 10 points.
Brisbane Broncos rd25 2016 won by 10 points and rd15 2015 by 2 points, as stated above both at AAMI stadium.
What we take from this?
The “Fear Factor” of AAMI stadium, won’t have a massive effect on W. Bennett’s men. With 4/5 last games being decided by 10 points or less and with the anticipated weather we are expecting a close game.
B. Salter returning may not be a happy one, with Hunt’s kicking game returning to his best and the Brisbane’s team is looking good across the park. Moving your spine around can be a double edge sword and for us tonight’s game wouldn’t be the game to introduce Slater.
The third game I’m a row for the Storm in terrible weather combined with the pace that Brisbane have been playing the game, will lead to fatigue in our opinion. As long as Brisbane can maintain their ball control, the below line looks too good.
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