Round 17 Preview: Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons


Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons 
Venue: AAMI Park
Date: Thursday July 5th
Time: 7:55pm AEST 

Storm:
  1. Young Tonumaipea
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu 
  3. Cheyse Blair
  4. Curtis Scott 
  5. Justin Olam
  6. Ryley Jacks
  7. Jahrome Hughes
  8. Christian Welch
  9. Cameron Smith
  10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  11. Joe Stimson 
  12. Ryan Hoffman 
  13. Kenneath Bromwich
  14. Brandon Smith
  15. Tui Kamikamika
  16. Patrick Kaufusi
  17. Brodie Croft
  18. Scott Drinkwater
  19. Lachlan Timm 
  20. Albert Vete
  21. Sandor Earl

Dragons: 
  1. Matt Dufty
  2. Nene MacDonald 
  3. Euan Aitken
  4. Tim Lafai
  5. Kurt Mann
  6. Gareth Widdop
  7. Darren Nicholls 
  8. James Graham
  9. Cameron McInness
  10. Leeson Ah Mau 
  11. Jacob Host
  12. Luciano Leilua
  13. Blake Lawrie 
  14. Jeremy Latimore
  15. Jason Nightingale 
  16. Hame Sele
  17. Reece Robson
  18. Patrick Herbert
  19. Jai Field
  20. Jordan Pereira
  21. Mitchell Allgood

Game Preview:
Dragons got out of jail last round against the last placed Eels while Storm beat Cooper Cronk’s Roosters by a field goal. 
Both sides will be wanting to cement their places in the top 4 leading into the back end of the year. 

Key Match Up 1: Cameron Smith v Cameron McInness
Both sides will be relying heavily on their hookers to steer them around the park especially the Storm with Cameron Smith in the absence of Origin stars Slater and Munster. Smith will need to put his absolute best foot forward to steer his side to a win over the Dragons. 

Key Match Up 2: Suliasi Vunivalu v Nene MacDonald

The wingers will be vital to their teams getting the win this week. With the absence of their Origin players each team will rely on their dynamic wingers to provide some x-factor to produce something special to get their team the win. 

Key Match Up 3: Curtis Scott v Euan Aitken
Both these players could’ve been lining up for the Blues next week but they will be up against each other in this great match up. 
Both Scott and Aitken have had good seasons to date and have stamped themselves as potential rep players and will be a key factor in this match. 

Nath’s Prediction: Storm by 2
Both sides got away with wins by the skin of their teeth last round and will both want to improve this week. 

The Dragons have progressively gone on a downward spiral with their form even though they’re jagging wins and same goes with the Storm but I see more in the Storm as of late and wouldn’t be surprised if this game goes right down to the wire. 
But I see Storms knack of winning right games being a huge reason why I see them coming away with the 2 points. 


Nath

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