What you need to know – Round 18
The Fijian Takeover
It is going to be some sort of show down one side of the field this Saturday night. Two of the NRL’s try scoring machines will collide when Fijian wingers Semi Radradra and Suliasi Vunivalu will be going head to head. Vunivalu has scored 14 tried this season, the second most in the NRL. Radradra has crossed the line on 9 occasions to be the Eels leading try scorer whilst also leading his team in tackle busts with 44 for the year. The pair, who both hail from the city of Suva, have only gone up against each other once before, with Vunivalu coming out on top by scoring a double back in Round 11, 2016.
Set for another thriller?
Melbourne have already played two games this season without much of their Origin stars but that has done nothing to take away from the games having you on the edge of your seat. Both of those games have turned out to be golden point thrillers. A Brodie Croft field goal against the Cowboys gave Storm fans a moment they will never forget while the youngsters had their heartbroken when they lost in similar fashion to the Roosters in Adelaide a week later. Perhaps this weekend could turn out to be yet another Saturday night thriller at AAMI Park.
All eyes on Moses
There was always going to be a mountain of pressure on Mitchell Moses when he made his mid-season transfer from Wests Tigers to Parramatta. Six games in though he appears to be finding his feet. The halfback has provided two try assists so far in an Eels jumper and will be full of confidence heading into this game after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Bulldogs last week. Moses will no doubt feature heavily in Melbourne’s planning this week.
Storm attack in full swing
After putting 42 points on the Broncos last week Storm now sit as the number one attacking team in the competition. They average 24 points per game, up from the 22.4 they averaged last season. Melbourne has broken the 20-point mark in four of the last five games. What makes that stat impressive is that two of those games were without their Origin playmakers. With Cameron Munster now also in Origin camp there is an even greater challenge for Storm to find a way to orchestrate points but so far the youngsters have shown they are more than capable of doing that.
#PurplePride for the future
Origin players or not, Storm fans will turn out to support their team. That was proven when 17,124 fans turned out to see their team take on the Cowboys in Round 15. Saturday night presents Melburnians with another chance to see the Storm stars of the future. The likes of Brodie Croft, Curtis Scott and Jahrome Hughes will all be on show. Youth breeds excitement and AAMI Park will have that in spades on Saturday night so don’t miss out!