Melbourne Storm 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis

The Melbourne Storm return to avenge their 2018 Grand Final loss

Oddschecker
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Thu, 21 Feb, 12:00 AM

Melbourne Storm

 

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

Cameron Smith - Captain of the Melbourne Storm

 

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 logo Melbourne Storm  –  $1.57*  
Brisbane Broncos logo Brisbane Broncos – $2.55*

 

2019 Premiership odds: $9* with Sportsbet

Best Dally M Chance: Cameron Munster

Prediction: Top-Tryscorer – Suliasi Vunivalu ($12* with Bet365)

 

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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