We take a look at Thursday nights (14/3/2019) NRL match which is between Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos. Melbourne Storm go into the match as the short priced favourites in the season opener.
When: Thursday 13th March, 7:70pm
Where: AAMI Park
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
It doesn’t get any bigger than Storm/Broncos, but like you already know, there’s plenty of subplots to focus on as the 2019 season gets underway.
A year on from Cooper Cronk’s departure, Melbourne again look to pick up the pieces following Billy Slater’s retirement. Meanwhile, a new era gets underway in Brisbane as the Broncos resume with new head coach Anthony Seibold at the helm following Wayne Bennett’s disastrous four-year tenure.
Speaking of disaster, that’s exactly what’s played out in recent years when these two sides have come together. Melbourne have won five-straight over the Broncos dating back to 2017, outscoring Brisbane 66-36 across their two meetings last season.
With all that in mind, it comes as no surprise to see Melbourne listed as the favourite at home. The Storm were 10-4 in this scenario last year, but there’s something to be said about Brisbane’s 4-1 record as the away underdog.
It goes without saying that much of this game is a question mark. Can the Storm play their usual fast-pace brand of footy minus Slater? And can Seibold find a way to shutdown Cameron Munster and Josh Addo-Carr?
Everyone is talking about Brisbane’s talented young side, but nobody is mentioning the loss of Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire. The future looks bright, but the baby Broncs could be in for a Round 1 touch-up against a Storm side that hasn’t lost in Round 1 since 2004.
Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.62
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Josh Addo-Carr at $8.50
Storm: 1 Jahrome Hughes 2 Suliasi Vunivalu 3 William Chambers 4 Curtis Scott 5 Joshua Addo-Carr 6 Cameron Munster 7 Brodie Croft 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11 Felise Kaufusi 12 Kenny Bromwich 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith 15 Christian Welch 16 Tui Kamikamica 17 Patrick Kaufusi. Reserves: 18 Ryan Papenhuyzen 19 Thomas Eisenhuth 20 Billy Walters 21 Marion Seve
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd 2 Corey Oates 3 James Roberts 4 Jack Bird 5 Jamayne Isaako 6 Anthony Milford 7 Kodi Nikorima 8 Matt Lodge 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Joe Ofahengaue 11 Alex Glenn 12 Jaydn Su’A 13 Matt Gillett 14 Kotoni Staggs 15 David Fifita 16 Thomas Flegler 17 Tevita Pangai Junior 18 Shaun Fensom 19 Patrick Carrigan 20 Sean O’Sullivan 21 Gehamat Shibasaki
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change