Round 8 Preview: Storm v Warriors


Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors
Location: Aami Park
Date: Wednesday April 25
Time: 7:00pm AEST and 9:00pm NZ

Line ups: 
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. Tim Glasby
  9. Cameron Smith
  10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 
  11. Felise Kaufusi
  12. Ryan Hoffman
  13. Kenneath Bromwich

Interchange:
  1. Brandon Smith
  2. Christian Welch
  3. Sam Kasiano
  4. Joe Stimson

Reserves:
  1. Patrick Kaufusi
  2. Tui Kamikamika
  3. Brodie Croft
  4. Young Tonumaipea


New Zealand Warriors:
  1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  2. David Fusitua
  3. Peta Hiku
  4. Anthony Gelling
  5. Ken Maumalo
  6. Blake Green
  7. Mason Lino
  8. Bunty Afoa
  9. Isaac Luke 
  10. Agnatius Paasi
  11. Simon Mannering
  12. Isaiah Papalii 
  13. Adam Blair

Interchange: 
  1. Jazz Tevaga
  2. Sam Lisone
  3. Albert Vet
  4. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 

Reserves:
  1. Ligi Sao
  2. Joseph Vuna
  3. Tevita Satae
  4. Sam Cook

Preview:
This ANZAC clash is always a tightly fought affair. This week both clubs come off good wins and are both sitting in the top 8. 

The Warriors in particular come off the back of defeating the previously undefeated Dragons side and will hope to continue their winning ways against a Storm outfit that are starting to get their mojo back. 

Key Match-ups:

Match up 1: Billy Slater v Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Billy and Roger will be key cogs in their teams fortunes win Slaters combinations with Smith and Munster starting to click. 

RTS is starting to play how we all remember him back when he played for Roosters. Running for a tonne of metres each week he is an important part of his team and a good player to get heir sets off on the right foot. 

Match up 2: Suliasi Vunivalu v Ken Maumalo

We talk about RTS getting the Warriors sets off to a good start but both these wingers do exactly that for their respective teams. Also add in some x-factor that both these towering wingers possess this is going to be a mouth watering match up. 

Match up 3: Cameron Smith v Isaac Luke

The 2 hookers will be wanting to be at their running best this week. 

Isaac Luke is killing it this season while Smith is steadily showing why he is rated the best hooker of all time. 

This is a great match up especially with both players showing some great form. 

Prediction:
While Storm are on a 2 game winning streak and starting to look better each week I can see the Warriors continuing their form from defeating the Dragons last week and beating the Storm in a very close battle. 

Warriors by 4


Nath

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