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Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL Preview and Team News - Storm set for first win at AAMI Park over Bulldogs since 2013

Andrew Hendrie 5 Apr 2019
  • Melbourne Storm face Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 4 of the NRL on Sunday
  • Storm haven't beaten Bulldogs at AAMI Park since 2013
Storm face Bulldogs on Sunday

Melbourne Storm target their fourth straight win to start the season when they host the Canterbury Bulldogs in NRL Round 4 action on Sunday.

Incredibly, the Storm haven’t beaten Canterbury at AAMI Park since 2013 - but surely Craig Bellamy’s side are ready to snap that streak when the two sides clash at the venue on Sunday afternoon?

Canterbury have won their last three meetings at AAMI Park, but they are massive underdogs to extend that run on Sunday, with the Dogs fielding one of their most inexperienced sides in recent memory this season due to problems with their salary cap.

It was looking like it was going to be a long season for the current wooden spoon favourites after heavy defeats to the Warriors and Eels in the first two rounds, but Canterbury stepped up and registered an impressive first win of the season last week, beating the Tigers 22-6.

However, that win came at a cost, with Kieran Foran injuring his ankle and needing surgery that will keep him sidelined for up to three months. Jack Cogger has been named as his replacement in the halves alongside Lachlan Lewis.

There’s no such worries for Melbourne, who will field the same 17 players that cruised past the Panthers by a 32-2 scoreline in Bathurst last week.

That win followed earlier victories over Brisbane and Canberra, with the Storm conceding an average of just eight points per game across the first three rounds. Despite the retirement of Billy Slater, the Storm look as polished as ever, building their game around rock-solid defence and letting their attack flow off that.

As mentioned, the Bulldogs have a great record at AAMI Park, but with this team and Melbourne’s current form, I can’t see anything other than a comfortable win for the home side.

Stats


  • Storm have won their last two meetings (R1 in 2017 and 2018)
  • Bulldogs have won their last three encounters at AAMI Park dating back to 2013
  • Dogs have best completion rate in the NRL but have missed the second-most tackles

Teams


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 Marion Seve Reserves: 18 Ryan Papenhuyzen 19 Patrick Kaufusi 20 Albert Vete 21 Billy Walters

Bulldogs: 1 Nick Meaney, 2 Jayden Okunbor, 3 Kerrod Holland, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Reimis Smith, 6 Jack Cogger, 7 Lachlan Lewis, 8 Aidan Tolman, 9 Jeremy Marshall-King, 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Josh Jackson, 12 Corey Harawira-Naera, 13 Rhyse Martin. Interchange: 14 Michael Lichaa, 15 Ofahiki Ogden, 16 Adam Elliott, 17 Chris Smith Reserves: 19 Danny Fualalo 20 Marcelo Montoya 21 Ramond Faitala-Mariner 22 Sausaso Sue

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Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL Preview and Team News - Storm set for first win at AAMI Park over Bulldogs since 2013

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