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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm NRL Preview and Team News - Storm determined to bounce back in Perth

Andrew Hendrie 19 May 2017
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs take on Melbourne Storm in Perth on Sunday
  • Storm won nine of last 10 meetings
  • Last three games been decided by six points or less
Rabbitohs face Storm in Perth on Sunday

Rugby League returns to nib Stadium in Perth as the Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs close out NRL Round 11 action on Sunday.

Looking to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in almost two years, Melbourne will be determined to atone for last week’s stunning loss to the Titans at Suncorp Stadium.

The Storm appeared to have wrapped the game up by jumping out to a 10-point lead in the final stages of the match, but the Titans roared home with three late tries, including a Konrad Hurrell four-pointers in the final minute to steal a famous 38-36 victory.

Melbourne equalled the record for the most points conceded in a loss, and that’s something that Craig Bellamy, who takes pride in his team’s normally brick-wall defence, will be livid about.

In fact, the Storm’s defence has been shaky for a while now. Last year Melbourne conceded 20 points or more in a game just twice, while they’ve already leaked that amount three times this season - all occurring in the last four rounds.

South Sydney will be looking to take advantage of this uncharacteristic lull in the Storm’s play, with the Rabbitohs returning to the winners circle last week with a dominant 28-8 win over the Tigers.

While they haven’t really made an impact against the bigger sides this season, that will should give the Rabbitohs plenty of confidence, especially Robbie Farah, who played his best game for Souths and is gunning for Origin selection.

Nevertheless, it will take a huge effort from Souths to emerge triumphant. Melbourne rarely dish out consecutive poor performances, and they will be determined to make amends for last week. The Storm have only lost one of their last 10 games against the Rabbitohs, and I expect they will be too strong again on Sunday in Perth.

Stats


  • Storm won nine of last 10 vs Rabbitohs
  • Last three games have been decided by six points or less
  • Melbourne hold dominant 22-4 overall record vs Souths

Team Lists


Zane Musgrove replaces the injured Jason Clark on the bench for Souths, while Melbourne have named the same 17 players as last week.

Rabbitohs: 1. Cody Walker 2. Alex Johnston 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Aaron Gray 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Robbie Farah 10. Robbie Rochow 11. Kyle Turner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess 14. Damien Cook 15. Tyrell Fuimaono 16. Anthony Cherrington 17. Zane Musgrove 18. Braidon Burns 19. Cameron Murray 20. David Tyrrell 22. Jack Gosiewski

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. William Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Tim Glasby 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jordan McLean 11. Joe Stimson 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Felise Kaufusi 16. Kenneath Bromwich 17. Tui Kamikamica 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Slade Griffin 20. Brandon Smith 21. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Melbourne Storm NRL Preview and Team News - Storm determined to bounce back in Perth

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