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Both sides are coming off losses and will be looking to bounce back quickly as the race for finals spots hots up.

The Storm were favoured to beat Newcastle on Saturday but were blown out of the water by a Knights team that has turned the corner big time in the past month.

The loss pushed Melbourne down one spot to fourth, and with the Raiders, Sharks and resurgent Cowboys hot on their hammer, Craig Bellamy's men need to make a statement in the next fortnight against Parramatta and Penrith.

The Eels found the going tough in Townsville without suspended duo Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Maika Sivo, falling behind by 20 points before a couple of late tries made the scoreline more respectable.

Now clinging to eighth spot by points differential only, the Eels have games against the Storm, Broncos and Panthers to come in a tough run to the finals, although a guaranteed two points from a bye in Round 27 could come in very handy for last year's grand finalists.

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Team news

Storm: Bronson Garlick has dropped back to 18th man and Tepai Moeroa comes onto the bench in a late switch on game day. A new centre combination for the Storm with Young Tonumaipea and Marion Seve coming in for Reimis Smith (adductor) and Justin Olam. Big man Nelson Asofa-Solomona is out with a finger injury, replaced by Tom Eisenhuth. The suspension of Tariq Sims is offset by the return of Eliesa Katoa from an eye injury. Tyran Wishart also joins the bench. 

Eels: The Eels are 1-17 with no late changes on game day. Andrew Davey moves into the starting side to replace Shaun Lane, who suffered a dislocated elbow in the loss to the Cowboys. Joey Lussick is the new man on the bench having rejoined the Eels from St Helens this week.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nick Meaney
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Will Warbrick
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Waqa Blake
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Will Penisini
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Young Tonumaipea
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Bailey Simonsson
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Sean Russell
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Daejarn Asi
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses


  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Tui Kamikamica
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Ofahiki Ogden
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Brendan Hands
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Trent Loiero
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Andrew Davey
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Tom Eisenhuth
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Bryce Cartwright
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Josh King
    Lock for Eels is number 13 J'maine Hopgood


  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Alec MacDonald
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Luca Moretti
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Eliesa Katoa
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Tyran Wishart
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Joey Lussick
  • Interchange for Storm is number 20 Tepai Moeroa
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ryan Matterson


  • Replacement for Storm is number 14 Bronson Garlick
    Replacement for Eels is number 19 Makahesi Makatoa

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Senior Review Official: Gerard Sutton

Last updated:

Stat Attack

  • The Eels lead the NRL for tries scored (82) and are second for points scored (475).
  • Eels forward J'maine Hopgood is the NRL's leading offloader with 41.
  • The Storm have won six of their past seven games in Melbourne.
  • The Eels have won four of their past five games against the Storm.
  • Storm winger Xavier Coates has scored 20 tries in 27 games in Melbourne.
  • Brad Arthur will reach the milestone of 250 games as Parramatta coach.
  • The Storm have won three of their past four games against the Eels in Melbourne.

Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.

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.