Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans NRL live stream: Storm to continue winning form at Suncorp
Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans clash in the first game of a Saturday night double-header at Suncorp Stadium in NRL Round 10 action.
Bet on & watch rugby league live online at bet365 > live streaming > rugby league. Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titan gets underway at 07:30 BST on Saturday, May 13
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Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans Preview
On the surface, Melbourne taking a home game to Suncorp Stadium should be a blessing for the Titans, who now basically get to enjoy an extra home game.
However Melbourne love playing at Suncorp, winning 11 of their last 12 games at the venue, while the Titans have won just three times in 18 visits to the iconic stadium.
Add in the fact that Melbourne are clear premiership pacesetters and have won nine of their last 11 games against the Titans, and this is suddenly becomes the steepest of uphill battles for Neil Henry’s troops.
It comes as no surprise that off-field drama has overshadowed much of the talk surrounding this showdown, with Kiwi stars Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor missing from the Storm and Titans teams after being caught up in a drugs scandal following last Friday’s Test in Canberra.
Craig Bellamy would have been absolutely filthy with New Zealand captain Bromwich, especially considering Melbourne are already without two forwards in Christian Welch (ACL) and Nelson Asofa-Solomona (hand) for this clash.
The Titans meanwhile will field one of their strongest teams of the season despite the absence of Proctor, with Jarryd Hayne again named in the centres.
Gold Coast have been playing well recently, beating defending premiers Cronulla away from home and thumping the Knights, but facing the Storm is a whole different ball game. With Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith still operating at the peak of their powers, combined with their excellent record at Suncorp, I don’t think you can tip against them, although I’m backing the Titans to keep this close.
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Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans Stats
Storm won last four meetingsMelbourne won nine of the last 11Titans 3-15 at Suncorp
Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans Team Lists
Tim Glasby replaces Jesse Bromwich in the starting side for Melbourne as Tohu Harris returns to the side on the bench, while Joe Greenwood takes Kevin Proctor’s place in the Titans team, with Dale Copley joining the bench.
Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Tim Glasby 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Joe Stimson 16. Tohu Harris 17. Ryley Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 19. Dean Britt 20. Slade Griffin 21. Young Tonumaipea
Titans: 1. Tyrone Roberts 2. Anthony Don 3. Jarryd Hayne 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Dan Sarginson 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James (c) 11. Chris McQueen 12. Joe Greenwood 13. Ryan Simpkins. Interchange: 14. Dale Copley 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Paterika Vaivai 17. Leivaha Pulu 18. Nathaniel Peteru 19. Pat Politoni 20. Daniel Vidot 21. Eddy Pettybourne
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