Bankwest Stadium will play host to Thursday's Round 2 NRL game between Parramatta Eels and Melbourne Storm. The game kicks off at 8:05 pm with Melbourne Storm heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Parramatta Eels vs. Melbourne Storm game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Thursday March 18, 2021 at 8:05 pm
Where: Bankwest Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm Odds
Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm Preview
Week 1 winners the Eels and Storm will do battle in Sydney’s west on Thursday night.
The Eels were extremely slow from the blocks in Round 1, going into the sheds on the wrong end of a 16-0 score line represents an almost impossible task for any club to overcome, but when your opponent is the reigning wooden spooners, there’s still a glimmer.
That was the case for Brad Arthur’s men and ultimately, they made it count – scoring 24 unanswered points in the second 40, in what actually proved to be a pretty impressive performance.
I’m confident they’ll take improvement for that hit-out, but they face an enormous rise in class this week and they simply won’t be able to repeat their Round 1 mistakes.
The Storm returned almost the opposite performance to the Eels – they flew the gates and took the foot off the accelerator somewhat in the second half, but had already well and truly done enough.
Ryan Papenhuyzen probably couldn’t have been more impressive, and I am eager to slot him into my bet this week.
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Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm Teams
Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown 14. Oregon Kaufusi 15. Isaiah Papali’i 16. Will Smith 17. Marata Niukore 18. Keegan Hipgrave 19. Haze Dunster 20. Ray Stone 21. Joey Lussick
Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Tyson Smoothy 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Chris Lewis 18. Nicholas Hynes 19. Darryn Schonig 20. Cooper Johns 21. Dean Ieremia