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NRL Round 2 | Draw

Broncos v Rabbitohs | Suncorp Stadium Brisbane

Sharks v Bulldogs | Shark Park Cronulla

Panthers v Eels | Penrith Park Penrith

Raiders v Tigers | Canberra Stadium Canberra

Cowboys v Knights | Townsville Stadium Townsville

Storm v Warriors | AAMI Park Melbourne

Sea Eagles v Roosters | Brookvale Oval Brookvale

Dolphins v Dragons | Redcliffe Stadium Redcliffe

NRL Tips Round 2

Broncos by 10
Sharks by 14
Panthers by 14
Raiders by 6
Cowboys by 8
Storm by 10
Roosters by 6
Dolphins by 6

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Storm v Warriors | AAMI Park Melbourne

Melbourne
-6.5 market line
39.5 total points (market position)


Storm have won last 14 straight v Warriors including the last 8 straight when in Melbourne
Storm have a 67% record of covering when at home and favoured by -6.0 or more (last 21 games)

Storm do it again and win round 1, and this time as 6.5 outsiders at home but with Munster and big Nelson missing in again last years title holders. While not a game laced with superb handling or sparking attack I loved the intensity and grit and dig in approach from both teams (in particular the Storm) and think this game stands up as a quality form reference.

Typical of the Storm I’m sure they also take some nice positives out of the offering, Pezet was good (good kicking game), Chan looks a nice find for their left edge and Bellamy has now moved Reimis Smith to the left and slotted in Meany to the right centre role and he looks like he is going to have some fun off Hughes, Pap and Katoa. They as a unit look very suited 9and well drilled) to the contested ball off short drop out options and turned a number of close game moments to their advantage.

Off such a fast start and a 12-0 early lead (12 minutes) the Warriors looked to be dominating and on their way, yet with 57% of the first half ball but also 5 errors they lacked composure and finishing when they should have taken a far more comfortable lead into half time. With little ball and field position the Sharks hung in, got a few turning moments just prior to half time and a try and then a sniff of getting in to their work in the second half, and so they did, lengthening out to a close 16-12 win. Worse still for the Warriors were injuries to Egan and Capewell while they still remain with out Nicoll-Kiokstad and Niukore. Capewell (ribs) may well play here, but surely Egan off what looked crook arm joint and twist has to be in significant doubt (and I am working on him not playing).

As listed above the Storm have held a very dominate longer term record over the Warriors winning the last 14 straight including the last 8 when in Melbourne. The Warriors are going to need points here (likely low 20 something if to win), and so some risk with ball play but also offer some of the tight defence (top 3 last season) that Webster has had them playing with. Johnson was quite last week, Ford prone to some error, they should have more patience and learning off that loss but if Egan is an out that certainly brings them back a peg or two for mine. I’m sure Storm build off that defensive commitment again, Papenhuyzen and Pezet I’m sure will also will be better for the hit out last week, and they as a unit are just so tough to crack at home.

Teams off holding their opponent to zero the prior week have an outstanding record the following week, the Storm in particular, they again look well placed here.

Tip: Storm
Play: Storm to cover line
Points: Under 39.5
Anytime Try: Play those on the Storms right edge

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