Match Preview - Round 24
Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights
Monday 24 August, AAMI Park
Gates open: 4:30pm; Kick-off: 7pm (U20s Kick-off: 4:45pm)
TV: Fox Sports, LIVE from 7pm
Online: NRL Digital Pass
Radio: Triple M Melbourne, 105.1
Melbourne Storm will look to make it three wins in a row when they host the Knights at AAMI Park on Monday night.
Coming off the back of one of their strongest performances of 2015, Craig Bellamy's side will be hoping to replicate their Round 23 defensive performance against a Newcastle outfit buoyed by their victory last weekend.
Storm have opted for stability once again naming an unchanged line-up, however an arm injury sustained by Dale Finucane last week will see the forward replaced in the 17 to take on the Knights.
For the Knights, Joe Tapine has been included on an extended bench with the same 17 players who defeated Wests Tigers in Round 23 all selected by coach Danny Buderus.
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
Newcastle Knights: 1. Jake Mamo, 2. Nathan Ross, 3. Sione Mata'utia, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Kurt Gidley ©, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Kade Snowden, 9. Adam Clydsdale, 10. Korbin Sims, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Jeremy Smith, 14. Tyler Randell, 15. Joseph Tapine, 16. Chris Houston, 17. Clint Newton, 18. Sam Mataora
Referees: Henry Perenara, Chris James
Sideline Officials: David Ryan, Belinda Sleeman
Video Referees: Steve Clark, Ben Galaea
HEAD TO HEAD:
at AAMI Park
LAST TIME THEY MET:
Round 22, 2014
Melbourne Storm 30
Tries: Sisa Waqa 4, William Chambers, Billy Slater
Goals: Cameron Smith 3
Newcastle Knights 32
Tries: Dane Gagai, Chris Houston, Chanel Mata'utia, Tyrone Roberts, Akuila Uate, Travis Waddell
Goals: Kurt Gidley 4
at Hunter Stadium.