Round 4 Preview: Sharks vs Storm

-Source: NRL.com

Sharks vs Storm

Saturday, March 9th, 2018

Southern Cross Group Stadium
9:05pm (NSW), 8:05pm (QLD), 12:05am (NZ)


Sharks: 

1 Josh Dugan, 

2 Sosaia Feki,
3 Jesse Ramien,
4 Ricky Leutele,
5 Valentine Holmes,
6 Matt Moylan,
7 Chad Townsend,
8 Andrew Fifita,
9 Jayden Brailey,
10 Matt Prior,
11 Luke Lewis,
12 Wade Graham (c),
13 Paul Gallen (c)

Interchange: 14 Kurt Capewell, 15 James Segeyaro, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai, 17 Joseph Paulo

Reserves: 18 Kurt Dillon, 19 Trent Hodkinson, 20 Edrick Lee, 21 Braden Uele

Storm: 
1 Billy Slater,
2 Suliasi Vunivalu,
3 Will Chambers,
4 Curtis Scott,
5 Josh Addo-Carr,
6 Cameron Munster,
7 Brodie Croft,
8 Jesse Bromwich,
9 Cameron Smith (c),
10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona,
11 Joe Stimson, 
12 Ryan Hoffman,
13 Dale Finucane

Interchange: 14 Tim Glasby, 15 Kenny Bromwich, 16 Christian Welch, 17 Sam Kasiano

Reserves: 18 Young Tonumaipea, 19 Patrick Kaufusi, 20 Ryley Jacks, 21 Brandon Smith

The Sharks are coming off their first win of the season against Parramatta, and they will be looking to back it up with a dominant performance against a Melbourne Storm team who won the grand final rematch against a decent North Queensland Cowboys team, and will look to win another on the road. 

Key match ups: Josh Dugan v Billy Slater
The fullbacks will have a huge impact on whether we see an upset in the shire this weekend. Josh Dugan will be trying to lead the lesser experienced Sharks team around while Slater will be trying to be at his explosive best with Croft, Smith and Munster lurking around.

Valentine Holmes vs Josh Addo-Carr
The Australian winger from last year’s world cup against a potential incumbent to the jersey in future years. Both wingers are incredibly quick on their feet and both can score from ridiculous positions. Both wingers could be in for a big game if they can get the ball from their halves.

Dale Finucane vs Paul Gallen
Dale Finucane has been in some of the best form of his life over the last year and he is unlucky not to have been given a NSW jersey already. Paul Gallen is one of the best  forward in the game, who is also in what could be his final season for the Sharks. The battle of the forwards will be tough, with these two leading from the front.

Prediction – The Sharks, despite a pretty even record at home against the Storm, will be overpowered. Munster and Asofa-Solomona to both score.

Storm 24-16

-Chumpie
 

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