Match Preview - Round 15
Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos
Sunday 21 June, 4pm
TV: Channel GEM (Melbourne), LIVE from 4.00pm
Online: NRL Digital Pass
Radio: To be confirmed
Top four sides Melbourne and Brisbane will go head-to-head in a blockbuster clash at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.
Both clubs will have Origin representatives backing up in Round 15 as they look to consolidate their respective positions at the top end of the NRL ladder. Queensland teammates will turn opponents with all eight representatives named (Storm fullback Billy Slater has since been ruled out and will miss the remainder of the season) to take the field on Sunday.
After a youthful Storm side fell to a narrow defeat against the Eels on Monday night, Melbourne will be looking to return to the winner's list and avoid suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Storm's young brigade will be able to take a lot of confidence from Monday night's effort into their Round 15 clash with the all important two premiership points even more crucial against a fellow top four side.
Craig Bellamy has included all 17 players from last week's defeat in his team to face the Broncos named on Tuesday. Fullback Billy Slater's replacement will be confirmed one hour prior to kick off.
For the Broncos, all six Queensland Maroons look set to back up with Wayne Bennett naming an otherwise settled line-up with the dangerous pairing of Anthony Milford and Ben Hunt to once again spearhead the attack.
In recent years Melbourne have held an impressive record when up against the Broncos with Brisbane's last win against Storm coming in Round 9, 2010.
Melbourne Storm: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Mahe Fonua, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Kurt Mann, 5. Richard Kennar, 6. Blake Green, 7. Ben Hampton, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Tim Glasby, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane, 14. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 15. Kenny Bromwich, 16. Christian Welch, 17. Felise Kaufusi, 18. Cameron Munster, 19. Hymel Hunt, 20. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Brisbane Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd, 2. Jordan Kahu, 3. Jack Reed, 4. Justin Hodges (c), 5. Daniel Vidot, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Josh McGuire, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Adam Blair, 11. Alex Glenn, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Corey Parker, 14. Jarrod Wallace, 15. Sam Thaiday, 16. Corey Oates, 17. Matt Parcell, 18. Mitchell Dodds, 19. Francis Molo, 20. Lachlan Maranta
Referees: Gerard Sutton, Henry Perenara
Sideline Officials: Rick MacFarlane, Brett Suttor
Video Referees: Jared Maxwell, Ben Galea
HEAD TO HEAD:
at AAMI Park
LAST TIME THEY MET:
Round 26, 2014
Melbourne Storm 22
Tries: Mahe Fonua 2, Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman
Goals: Cameron Smith 2, Will Chambers 1
Brisbane Broncos 12
Tries: Ben Hunt, Jack Reed
Goals: Corey Parker 2
at AAMI Park.