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Team Update: Round 3 v Eels

Brandon to start at hooker for Harry. Tyson Smoothy added to our interchange bench.

Original story follows:

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy will be forced to make two changes to his 17 for the Multicultural Round match-up with Parramatta at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

With Harry Grant testing positive to COVID-19, a new starting hooker will be needed to face the Eels. Tyran Wishart will also miss round 3 after being deemed a household contact of Grant. He has not tested positive. 

The other changes come on the reserves’ list where reigning Dally M Hooker of the Year Brandon Smith has been selected in the No.23 jersey as he makes his recovery from a broken hand sustained in the opening stages of the round one clash with Wests Tigers.

Young guns Jonah Pezet and Sua Fa’alogo have been promoted to the 24-man squad with Jack Howarth (cork) and Bronson Garlick (knee) facing time on the sidelines.

Chasing three straight wins to start the season, Storm’s line-up contains players from 10 different cultural backgrounds led by the Maori contingent of eight players. 

Kickoff is at 5.30pm.

Team

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen

2. Dean Ieremia

3. Reimis Smith

4. Justin Olam

5. Xavier Coates

6. Cameron Munster

7. Jahrome Hughes

8. Jesse Bromwich (c)

9. Brandon Smith

10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

11. Felise Kaufusi

12.  Kenny Bromwich

13. Josh King

Interchange

14. Tyson Smoothy

15. Alec MacDonald

16. Trent Loiero

17. Tepai Moeroa

Reserves

18. Chris Lewis

19. Nick Meaney

20. Jayden Nikorima

21. Will Warbrick

22. Jonah Pezet

23. Brandon Smith

24. Sua Fa’alogo

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.