Melbourne Storm 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis
The Melbourne Storm return to avenge their 2018 Grand Final loss
Finished in 2018: 2nd (16 wins, 8 losses)
Key ins: Marion Seve (Broncos)
Key outs: Billy Slater & Ryan Hoffman (Retired), Tim Glasby (Knights), Ryley Jacks (Titans)
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain(s): Cameron Smith
Summary: The minor premiers of 2017 had the opportunity to be the first back-to-back premiers since the Broncos did it in 92/93. Unfortunately, they ran into a star-studded Sydney Roosters squad who dashed those dreams in the Grand Final. Melbourne returns without superstar fullback Billy Slater and a Cameron Smith who is another year closer to 40. Yet everyone in some way still thinks the Storm will be contending, as long as they have Craig Bellamy steering the ship. Munster has an opportunity this year to continue his claim as one of the most underrated players in the competition. Having weapons like Addo-Carr and Vunivalu on the flanks will make his life a lot easier to realise his potential. Expect the Storm to be there come finals time.
Key stat: The Storm ranked #4 in points and #2 in tries in 2018.
Round 1: Storm v Broncos
Thursday, 14 March, 7:50 PM – AAMI Park
|Melbourne Storm – $1.57*|
|Brisbane Broncos – $2.55*|
Best Dally M Chance: Cameron Munster
*Prices correct at time of publishing