Neds Match Preview: Round 10

Wests Tigers will be looking to make it three wins in a row over the Melbourne Storm when they meet again this Thursday night for their Round 10 clash at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Both sides head in to the contest after producing the two best attacking performances during the Magic Round Weekend. Wests Tigers blew away the Panthers with a flurry of five tries inside the opening 20 minutes, while the Storm hammered the hapless Eels with 60 points against them on the scoreboard.

They'll now face off again tonight in a game that looks more likely to be a defensive battle than an offensive showdown. Their two matches last year (a 10-8 and 11-10 win for Wests Tigers) both went right down to the wire and Michael Maguire and Craig Bellamy will no doubt be looking to increase their discipline again tonight.

Wests Tigers' run-on side is unchanged after producing the fastest start in club history with five tries in the opening 17 minutes of last week's Magic Round clash.

Young forward Josh Aloiai is set to return after missing last week due to concussion — joining Jacob Liddle, Thomas Mikaele and Michael Chee Kam on the bench.


Paul Momirovski and Elijah Taylor — who travelled to Brisbane last week as part of the NRL squad — are again listed as reserves, along with Clark and Luke Garner.

For the Melbourne Storm. injuries to Jahrome Hughes and Curtis Scott have opened the door for Ryan Papenhuyzen to start at fullback and Marion Seve to return to first grade. Sandor Earl is a late inclusion on the bench with Bellamy opting to have an outside back on the bench, similar to Papenhuyzen himself in recent weeks.

Much of the focus for tonight's game will centre around the in-form five-eighths in Benji Marshall and Cameron Munster, but the battle between the number sevens in Luke Brooks and Brodie Croft will be equally important to the outcome tonight.

Brooks leads the NRL in line engaged runs and has continued the form that saw him win the Dally M Halfback of the Year in 2018 with a career-best year so far running the ball. Croft is a strong support player (ranking third in the league for supports) and will also be looking to leave his mark after an improved showing in 2019.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time — 7:50pm AEDT

Venue — AAMI Park, Melbourne


TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502) and Channel Nine

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M and NRL Nation

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, 9Now, NRL Digital Pass and Watch NRL (int.)


LATEST TEAM NEWS

Storm: Injuries to Jahrome Hughes and Curtis Scott have opened the door for Ryan Papenhuyzen to start and Marion Seve to return to first grade. The new face on the bench is Sandor Earl after being a late inclusion for Patrick Kaufusi.

Wests Tigers: After sitting out the big win over Penrith due to concussion, versatile young forward Josh Aloiai returns on the bench in place of Oliver Clark.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Will Chambers
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Marion Seve
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Brodie Croft
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris McQueen
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob Liddle
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Christian Welch
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tui Kamikamica
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Aloiai
  • Interchange for Storm is number 19 Joe Stimson
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam


LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H —Melbourne Storm ($1.22), Wests Tigers ($4.20),

Line — Melbourne Storm -12.5 ($1.90), Wests Tigers +12.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct on Wednesday, May 15 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 31, Storm 19, Wests Tigers 12

At AAMI Park — Played 13, Storm 11, Wests Tigers 2

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 11 def. Melbourne Storm 10 (Rd.5, 2018)


MATCH OFFICIALS

Match Referees — Adam Gee and Gavin Badger

Touch Judges — Chris Butler and Tim Roby

Review Officials — Bryan Norrie and Steve Chiddy