Ryan Papenhuyzen is a step closer to making his return for Melbourne Storm after being included on the extended bench for Friday night’s round 15 match against Brisbane at AAMI Park.
The NRL’s top points scorer in 2022 hasn’t played since the Round 9 victory against the Dragons where he sustained knee and hamstring injuries.
He’s been named in the No.21 jersey this week with a decision on his availability for the Broncos clash to be made closer to gameday.
Last weekend’s debutant Grant Anderson will continue in the starting line-up on the wing and play his first game at AAMI Park, while Nelson Asofa-Solomona has been named in the starting pack, switching roles with Tui Kamikamica.
Otherwise, there are no other changes to the team that downed the Roosters at the SCG.
Brandon Smith will bring up his 99th game for Storm ahead of a potential 100th in a fortnight against Manly.
Friday night’s match will raise funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation with various fundraising activities planned for the night. Help make every try count with the return of the Fan Pledge, with Major Partner RedZed, lined up to match all pledged donations up to $10,000. The Big Purple Splash will also make a return at halftime, with carsales donating $1,000 per dunk. Fans can also show their support by purchasing Starlight wands at the game.
Kick-off is at 7.55pm.
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Match: Storm v Broncos
Round 15 -
Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick MeaneyFullback for Broncos is number 1 Te Maire Martin
Winger for Storm is number 2 Dean IeremiaWinger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
Centre for Storm is number 3 Marion SeveCentre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin OlamCentre for Broncos is number 4 Brenko Lee
Winger for Storm is number 5 Grant AndersonWinger for Broncos is number 5 Selwyn Cobbo
Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron MunsterFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Ezra Mam
Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome HughesHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Tyrone Roberts
Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse BromwichProp for Broncos is number 8 Corey Jensen
Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry GrantHooker for Broncos is number 9 Billy Walters
Prop for Storm is number 15 Tui KamikamicaProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kurt Capewell
2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki
Lock for Storm is number 14 Brandon SmithLock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
Interchange for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-SolomonaInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Jake Turpin
Interchange for Storm is number 13 Josh KingInterchange for Broncos is number 15 Kobe Hetherington
Interchange for Storm is number 16 Trent LoieroInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Thomas Flegler
Interchange for Storm is number 17 Chris LewisInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Keenan Palasia
Replacement for Storm is number 22 Tyran WishartReplacement for Broncos is number 18 Jordan Pereira
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein