Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park, Friday 7.50pm
Consistent Storm aim to wrap up Minor Premiership against in form Broncos
What a game this should be. Two sides that have been the bench mark in 2016 for most of the year. The Storm see this game as a huge opportunity to secure the Minor Premiership and the spoils that go with it. Their form has been scratchy at best of late but they manage to keep winning. Their gritty win over Manly last week demonstrated how good their attack can be when it’s on. Brisbane will be out to spoil that party however and have gotten over their worrying form slump that haunted them some 6 weeks ago. A convincing win over the Bulldogs proved once again that the Wayne Bennett coaches Broncos are a force to be reckoned with in 2016.
Last Meeting: Melbourne Storm 48 Defeated Brisbane Broncos 6 at Suncorp Stadium, Round 17, 2016 Melbourne annihilated Brisbane in round 17 with a scintillating performance. The Storm have won 9 of the last 10 against Brisbane including the 5 of the last 6 at AAMI Park (Brisbane won the last meeting there in 2015).
Who to watch: the guile and experience of Cameron Smith is proving invaluable for Melbourne this season. Smith has been at his best and his defense has reached a new level. His attacking play around the ruck and combination with Cooper Cronk is brilliant and spells danger for Brisbane. Smith is the complete player. Calm, cool, Confident and clever. Keep an eye on him Brisbane.
For the Broncos Darius Boyd will be up for the challenge against the ladder leading Broncos. A superb play maker who has good pace, vision and passing skills he is one of the best fullbacks in the world. Look for him to orchestrate that sweeping left hand play that the Broncos love to employ. His kick return metres will be vital for Brisbane to minimise the effect that the kicking game of Cronk and Smith have on the match.
The Favourite: the ladder leading Melbourne Storm are favourites in this clash.
My Tip: Melbourne have a great record against Brisbane but they do say history doesn’t repeat! Feeling the upset here and think Brisbane will make it 4 wins straight and continue their charge to the finals and a possible top 4 berth. Brisbane by 8.