Round 7 Preview: Broncos v Storm

Source: NRL.com


Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm
Location: Suncorp Stadium
Date: Friday April 20
Time: 7:55pm NSW, 7:55pm QLD and 9:55pm NZ

Line ups: 

Brisbane Broncos
1. Darius Boyd
  1. Corey Oates
  2. James Roberts
  3. Tom Opacic
  4. Jamayne Isaako
  5. Jack Bird
  6. Anthony Milford
  7. Matt Lodge
  8. Andrew McCullough 
  9. Tevita Pangai Jr
  10. Alex Glenn
  11. Korbin Sims
  12. Josh McGuire

Interchange:
  1. Sam Thaiday
  2. Joe Ofahengaue
  3. Kodi Nikorima
  4. Jaydn Su’A 

Reserves:
  1. Jonus Pearson
  2. Troy Dargan
  3. Sam Tagataese
  4. Payne Haas

Melbourne Storm
  1. Billy Slater 
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu 
  3. Will Chambers
  4. Curtis Scott
  5. Josh Addo-Carr
  6. Cameron Munster
  7. Ryley Jacks
  8. Jesse Bromwich
  9. Cameron Smith
  10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 
  11. Felise Kaufusi
  12. Ryan Hoffman
  13. Tim Glasby

Interchange:
  1. Brandon Smith
  2. Kenneath Bromwich
  3. Christian Welch
  4. Sam Kasiano

Reserves:
  1. Young Tonumaipea
  2. Joe Stimson
  3. Patrick Kaufusi
  4. Brodie Croft

Preview:
Both sides will be looking to continue their winning ways this week and starting to imbed themselves into this seasons top 8. 

Brisbane come off a strong win against the high flying Warriors. Milford had a great game with new halves partner Jack Bird. 

Storm hit some form by demolishing the Knights 40-14. 

This is an intriguing game with both sides desperate for some consistency. 

Key Match-ups:

Match up 1: Darius Boyd v Billy Slater
Boyd had a better showing against the Warriors but is desperate for consistency. 

Slater has also been hot and cold off the back of a great 2017. 

Both players will want to put their best foot forward and start getting some winning consistency especially coming into the representative season. 

Match up 2: Andrew McCullough v Cameron Smith 
The battle of the hookers. 

McCullough is having a good season and gets his forwards going forward while Smith is the conductor to Storms attack. 

With Smith getting older McCullough could put his forward as his successor for the national and QLD 9 jersey with a top performance against the Storm captain. 

Match up 3: Corey Oates v Josh Addo-Carr
Both wingers are key men to their teams fortunes. 

Milford will no doubt utilise Oates height with some precise bombs to his corner against a smaller Addo-Carr. 

The Fox is known for his speed and that will be a huge asset against a much bigger Oates who is quick for his size but could easily get burnt by Addo-Carr. 


Prediction:
Storm seemed to have got back to heir winnings ways after flogging Knights I can see them continuing that this week against a fired up Broncos. 

Storm by 8

Nath

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