Round 19 Preview: Warriors vs Storm

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New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm.
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium.
Date: July 22nd.
Time: 2pm AEST.

1
R. Tuivasa-Sheck
1
B. Slater
2
D. Fusitua
2
S. Vunivalu
3
G. Beale
3
W. Chambers
4
S. Kata
4
C. Scott
5
K. Maumalo
5
J. Addo-Carr
6
B. Green
6
C. Munster
7
S. Johnson
7
B. Croft
8
J. Gavet
8
J. Bromwich
9
I. Luke
9
C. Smith
10
A. Paasi
10
N. Asofa-Solomona
11
I. Papali'i
11
F. Kaufusi
12
S. Mannering
12
R. Hoffman
13
A. Blair
13
K. Bromwich
INTERCHANGE

14
J. Tevaga
14
T. Kamikamica
15
C. Satae
15
T. Glasby
16
J. Vuna
16
C. Welch
17
P. Hiku
17
B. Smith
18
M. Lino
18
J. Hughes
20
K. Lawton
19
J. Stimson
21
B. Afoa
20
D. Finucane
22
A. Gelling
21
C. Blair



Match Preview.
One of the most exciting games on the yearly calendar for me. The Warriors and Storm always have thrilling battles, and with both teams in top 8 contention this year, I’m pumped for this one.

The Warriors are coming off a big win against the Brisbane Broncos, and it was a much needed win to keep them 6 points clear of the Raiders and Tigers who are pushing for that top 8 spot. While the team below them have a rough run home, the Warriors do too, and although it’s not desperate, a win here against the Storm will pretty much guarantee them a finals berth in 2018.

The defending premiers are on the charge! With only one team between them and the minor premiership, the Storm will be hard to beat. Coming off a thriller win and lucky escape against Manly, the Storm are right on the Bunnies tail, and with a match up against the Bunnies in two weeks time, this is a huge game for the Storm who will want to keep within a game of the league leaders.

Prediction.
Warriors by 2. I’ve got a thriller here. The Storm will be keen to win this, but with a finals birth pretty much guaranteed with a win, and the fact they are at home, I can’t go against the Warriors on this one.

-Blake.

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