What you need to know - Round 2
In case you have been living under a rock all week and missed the news, Billy Slater will be playing his 300th NRL game this Saturday night. It is a significant moment for both Billy and the Club, as he becomes the third Melbourne Storm player and 31st overall member of the 300-Club. The night will include a fitting celebration of one of the greatest players to ever pull on the purple jersey. Craig Bellamy and his men have a habit of lifting for milestone games and that will no doubt be the focus this week against Wests Tigers.
Kenny brings up a ton
A piece of Storm history will be made on Saturday night when Kenny Bromwich runs out for his 100th appearance in purple. It will mark the first time that a set of brothers have played 100 games at Melbourne Storm. Alongside brother Jesse, Kenny has built himself into a consistent first grader, missing just one game in the last two seasons and this weekend will see him reach triple figures in what will be a momentous moment for the Bromwich family.
Shifting of the spine
Billy Slater’s return to the line-up after missing Round 1 has seen Craig Bellamy make a shift to the spine of his team. Cameron Munster will look to continue his scintillating start to the year back in the five-eighth position he made his own in 2017. Brodie Croft remains at halfback, Cameron Smith alongside him at hooker in what is close to a full-strength line-up for Melbourne. To have their No.1, 6, 7 and 9 all together for the first time this season will no doubt make for some fascinating viewing to see how they all gel together.
New look Tigers
The performance of Wests Tigers last weekend against the Sydney Roosters was one of the most impressive of the opening round. All the talk leading into that game was centred around the attacking weapons of Sydney. However for the Tigers to restrict them to just eight points in 80 minutes of football shows you that Ivan Cleary’s men mean business this year.
The Graveyard Returns
After nine years The Graveyard returns! For one night only AAMI Park will be renamed The Graveyard in what ties in with the continued celebration of 20 years of Melbourne Storm history. It was the name given to Melbourne Storm’s original home fortress of Olympic Park – where the Club held a winning record of nearly 80 per cent. There will be a special tribute packs on Saturday night that will be played to Storm fans to help them reminisce on the good old days of The Graveyard.