NRL Round 10: Storm v Tigers Preview & Betting Tips
Two big Magic Round winners face-off, can the Tigers repeat their famous 2018 double upset of the Storm?
Melbourne Storm v Wests Tigers – AAMI Park 7:50pm
After an all-time spray from coach Craig Bellamy, the Storm responded like a side on a mission in their 64-10 humiliation of Parramatta. It was the most one-sided game of the season and after an indifferent run of recent performances, the Storm might just have played their selves back into form. Such was Melbourne’s domination, more Storm players were try scorers on the night than weren’t.
Cameron Munster won the Oddschecker Player of the Round award for his starring performance with two tries to go with three try assists. The Melbourne pack also ran roughshod, Dale Finucane and Christian Welch continuing to press for NSW and Queensland selection respectively with arguably their best games of the season. Melbourne’s confidence is sky-high after their huge win and the rest of the NRL will not exactly be doing cartwheels from this.
The Tigers had their own morale-raising win in Magic Round, their 30-4 win against the Panthers sweet revenge after their golden point loss earlier this season. It looked at one stage a Melbourne-esque cricket score was on the cards with the Tigers unstoppable early on, racing to a 26-0 lead after 26 minutes.
Luke Brooks tore the Panthers apart, creating two tries plus scoring one himself, while Corey Thompson broke the line three further times. Ryan Matterson is a recruit of the year candidate, clearly enjoying his move from five-eighth with Benji Marshall’s return to his more familiar back row position. He had two try assists to go with his 154 running metres and led the Tigers tackle count with 34. Unlike their opponents this week the Tigers didn’t maintain their blistering start and although they were never in doubt against the Panthers, Wests will know they will need a complete 80-minute performance this week to have a chance of toppling the Storm.
Key stats: For a side with Melbourne’s success, they’ve had problems dealing with the Tigers, only winning four of their last eight against them. Cameron Munster has three tries in his last three games. The Tigers have gone LWLWLW in their last six starts. Melbourne have won their last three second halves at home.
Best bet: Storm to win second half - $1.46*
Value bet: Cameron Munster anytime try scorer - $3.60*