Match Preview - Round 23
Melbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks
Monday 17 August, AAMI Park
TV: Fox Sports, LIVE from 7pm
Online: NRL Digital Pass
Radio: To be confirmed
Melbourne Storm travel to Cronulla to take on the fifth placed Sharks on Monday night in a crucial Round 23 clash.
Just two premiership points separate both sides on the NRL ladder and Craig Bellamy's side will be hoping to make it two wins against the Sharks in 2015 after they pushed past the Paul Gallen lead outfit by 18 points earlier in the year at AAMI Park.
Melbourne will need to claim the points in foreign territory however, facing Cronulla at Remondis Stadium, a venue they have not visited since 2012 and not tasted success at since 2010.
Craig Bellamy has made one change to his side who put on a strong second half display to defeat the Titans last weekend at home. Forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona accepted a one-week ban from the NRL Match Review Committee earlier in the week and has been replaced on the interchange bench by Felise Kaufusi.
The Sharks were also hit by the NRL Match Review Committee during the week with forward Sam Tagataese suffering the same fate as Asofa-Solomona. Cronulla however will be boosted by the inclusion of Luke Lewis who is making his return from a knee injury.
Melbourne Storm:1. Cameron Munster, 2. Marika Koroibete, 3. William Chambers, 4. Kurt Mann, 5. Matt Duffie, 6. Blake Green, 7. Cooper Cronk, 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. Felise Kaufusi, 17. Christian Welch
Cronulla Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon, 2. Sosaia Feki, 3. Gerard Beale, 4. Ricky Leutele, 5. Valentine Holmes, 6. Jack Bird, 7. Jeff Robson, 8. Chris Heighington, 9. Michael Ennis, 10. Matt Prior, 11. Luke Lewis, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Paul Gallen (c), 14. Ben Barba, 15. Anthony Tupou, 16. Tonirau Arona, 17. Jayson Bukuya
Referees: Gerard Sutton, Gavin Badger
Sideline Officials: Russell Turner, Peter Gough
Video Referees: Bernard Sutton, Luke Patten
HEAD TO HEAD:
at Remondis Stadium
LAST TIME THEY MET:
Round 3, 2015
Melbourne Storm 36
Tries: Tohu Harris 9m, Cooper Cronk 19m, Tohu Harris 24m, Marika Koroibete 44m, Cameron Smith 52m, Will Chambers 60m
Goals: Cameron Smith 6
Cronulla Sharks 18
Tries: Jeff Robson 36m, Valentine Holmes 64m, Andrew Fifita 71m
Goals: Michael Gordon 3
at AAMI Park.