NRL Preliminary Final Preview - Storm V Sharks

Melbourne Storm V Cronulla Sharks
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Date:Friday 21st August 2018
Time: 7:40PM

Match Preview
Here we go again. The Storm and the Sharks. Ever since the grand final a few years back the Storm seem to be genuinely and uncharacteristically unsure of themselves when they play against the Sharks. Perhaps it's because the Sharks style of play is unlike any other in the NRL. They love to grind it out, the Storm like to hit hard and fast and like to win easily off shock and awe. But the Sharks are never in awe of anyone and least of all the Storm who they like to rise up against. The Storm have been beaten by the Sharks twice this year, but right when the Sharks look like heavyweight contenders, they lose their prime experience and heavy hitters and at the wrong time too as the Storm are reinfoced with Asofa-Solomona, Will Chambers and the experience of Ryan Hoffman. This will be a clash of the ages for these two rivals. Can't wait
Key Matchups
Holmes V Slater  - The battle of the fullbacks. Slater's injuries have stunted his performance this year while Holmes has barely put a foot wrong and has really shone this season. Should be an interesting battle here. Townsend V Munster - Although Moylan is technically up against Munster, Townsend will need to stand up like he did last week and take control of the game, even in an understated way if the Sharks are to prevail.Fafita Vs Asofa-Solomona - With Gallen and Graham out, alot will fall on Fafita's shoulders to win the day.
Jeremy's Prediction
With Paul Gallen and Wade Graham out, the Sharks will have less than their full compliment and minus some of the best experience in the NRL. While the likes of Fafita, Holmes and Moylan and the unsung hero of the shire Chad Townsend will fight and struggle, the Storm have had that extra week off with extra time to prepare, something the Storm love to have. This wil be tight, but the Storm will prevail by 6


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