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NRL ROUND 19

MELBOURNE STORM VS WESTS TIGERS

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 5.30 PM, SUNSHINE COAST STADIUM, BOKARINA

Melbourne will be looking to continue their strong affiliation and form at their makeshift Sunshien Coast home ground as they take on the Tigers who are already sunken and looking for answers before the 2021 season begins.  Last time out Melbourne, at this venue were too good for a disappointing Cowboys unit who have throughout 2020 not been good enough, winning 36-20, with the game basically over at Halftime as they lead 24-4 and added another 6 before the Cowboys got stuck in.  Wests instilled fear into the Rabbitohs as they surged back into contention last Thursday, as they did only to win against Manly the week before, but feel short by 2 when the Bunnies held them out in terrific defending work late in the game.  Decent conditions are on hand at Bokarina for this match, with a tricky breeze that could affect the kicks and receiving, with what should be a nice crowd.

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui will probably start now that Welch has breached bio-security measures and needs to isolate for a to be determined period, leaving the Storm without one of their better Props, also giving Schonig another chance.  Though, Brandon Smith’s return could alter Schonig’s place again, if he passes a late fitness test after overcoming a broken jaw, while Papenhuyzen is set to miss another week due to his Achilles problem.  Brooks suspension for Wests gives Josh Reynolds a chance to start, while Talau is out to accommodate the return of Leilua.  Garner is dropping to the bench in favour of McIntyre who looks like a Backrower for the longterm for Wests, while Packer and Musgrove are back on the bench, due to the exclusion of veteran Taylor and Liddle.  Should coach Maguire want to blood another youngster and give himself a utility type option on the bench, young Madden could be in line to debut, a 20-year old from Scone.

The last time these sides met, was a classic down in Melbourne in May 2019, when the Storm got away with a 24-22 victory, after trailing 12-8 at the break, thanks to late tries to Seve and Chambers, while Papenhuyzen was the key at the back.  Melbourne have dominated the Tigers in their NRL tenure, leading 20-12, giving them plenty of good memories in this matchup, as they have against so many of their rivals.  Melbourne are short $1.15 favourites, with match predictors giving them a 14.5-point advantage against Wests who are $5.50 and little chance of causing Melbourne many headaches.  Melbourne are a legitimate contender for the title again this year, leaving a Wests Tigers win as nothing but a stunning upset.

PREDICTION: Melbourne by a comfortable margin.

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