Match Preview - Round 14
Melbourne Storm v Parramatta Eels
Monday 15 June, 7.00pm
TV: Fox Sports 1, LIVE from 7:00pm
Online: NRL Digital Pass
Radio: Triple M, ABC
Melbourne Storm will look to continue their defensive performance from Round 13 when they host the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park on Monday Mates Night.
After rendering the Panthers scoreless last week, Storm will face an Eels outfit that will be eager to bounce back after falling to the high flying Cowboys at home last Monday night.
Melbourne's win over Penrith sees Craig Bellamy's side return to within reaching distance of top position on the table with only two points separating Storm from the league leading Cowboys and Broncos.
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An extended nine-day turnaround will serve as an opportunity for Craig Bellamy’s side to recuperate following a busy start to June which saw Storm play twice interstate in the space of five days last week.
For Melbourne, 20-year old Richie Kennar has been named to play his second first-grade match and make his home debut in front of family and friends. Last week Kennar became the third Victorian to represent Storm, following in the footsteps of Mahe Fonua and Young Tonumaipea, both also selected by Craig Bellamy to face the Eels.
In other additions, Kurt Mann will replace Origin representative Will Chambers, while Ben Hampton takes the place of Cooper Cronk, who will remain absent after suffering a low-grade meniscus tear in his right knee.
Ryan Hinchcliffe shift from the bench into Smith's usual position at hooker, with the 30-year old set to lead the side as captain as he has done in the past..
In team news for the Eels, Will Hopoate’s Origin recall has led to Bureta Faraimo returning to the wing with Ryan Morgan shifting to the centres. Darcy Lussick has also been named in their squad, replacing Daniel Alvaro.
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Melbourne Storm: 1. Cameron Munster, 2. Mahe Fonua, 3. Tohu Harris, 4. Kurt Mann, 5. Richard Kennar, 6. Blake Green, 7. Ben Hampton, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tim Glasby, 13. Dale Finucane, 14. Young Tonumaipea, 15. Kenny Bromwich, 16. Christian Welch, 17. Felise Kaufusi.
Parramatta Eels: 1. Reece Robinson, 2. Semi Radradra, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Brad Takairangi, 5. Bureta Faraimo, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Chris Sandow, 8. Junior Paulo, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Tim Mannah, 11. Manu Ma’u, 12. Tepai Moeroa, 13. Anthony Watmough, 14. David Gower, 15. Darcy Lussick, 16. Danny Wicks, 17. Pauli Pauli, 18. Daniel Alvaro.
Referees: Ashley Klein, Adam Devcich
Sideline Officials: David Ryan, Kasey Badger
Video Referees: Steve Chiddy, Ben Galea
HEAD TO HEAD:
at AAMI Park
LAST TIME THEY MET:
Round 9, 2015
Melbourne Storm 28
Tries: Billy Slater 6m, Billy Slater 33m, Marika Koroibete 45m, Will Chambers 52m, Dale Finucane 69m
Goals: Cameron Smith 4
Parramatta Eels 10
Tries: William Hopoate 18m, Ryan Morgan 30m
Goals: Chris Sandow 1
at Pirtek Stadium.