The Warriors continue to be their enigmatic selves while Melbourne maintain their expected consistency in 2019.

The team from across the ditch once had the ability to upset the NRL stayers in the Storm but in recent seasons not much has gone their way.

The Warriors will need to produce much better than their try-less last start loss to Brisbane if they're to change that this weekend, but their one-point loss to the Storm on Anzac Day this year will give them confidence that performance is possible.

Match: Warriors v Storm

Round 13 -

Full Time
Warriors

Home Team

Warriors

Scored 10 points
Storm

Away Team

Storm

Scored 32 points

Venue: Mt Smart Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS
  • KAYO

The Rundown

Team news

Warriors: Centre Gerard Beale will make his fifth appearance of 2019 after being brought into the starting side from the reserves list on Friday with Patrick Herbert (quad) dropping out. Agnatius Paasi will start at prop, with Adam Blair moving to lock and Lachlan Burr dropping to the bench. Tevita Satae is also on the bench in place of Jazz Tevaga. 

Storm: Christian Welch returns in place of Tui Kamikamica on the bench in a late change for Melbourne. Origin reps Josh Addo-Carr, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi and Will Chambers have all been named to start. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Storm is number 1 Jahrome Hughes
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
    Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Storm is number 3 Will Chambers
  • Centre for Warriors is number 18 Gerard Beale
    Centre for Storm is number 4 Marion Seve
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
    Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Storm is number 7 Brodie Croft

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
    Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Issac Luke
    Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
    Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Isaiah Papali'i
    2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Adam Blair
    Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Lachlan Burr
    Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Storm is number 15 Joe Stimson
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Chris Satae
    Interchange for Storm is number 17 Ryan Papenhuyzen
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Storm is number 23 Christian Welch

Key match-up

Both hookers are crucial to wins for their teams. Cameron Smith is, well, Cameron Smith. Nuff said. While Issac Luke, when he stands up, can be the one to put the Warriors in a winning position.

For the Warriors to win

They need to play on the front foot. The Broncos suffocated them with defence last start and they just could not find a way through. Quick play-the-balls will give Luke space to play his best and unleash the Warriors' dangerous backline.

For the Storm to win

There's no team better at slowing down the ruck than Melbourne and another strong showing in this department should deliver them the result. They can frustrate teams out of contests and the Warriors didn't have a plan B in their Round 11 loss to Brisbane.

Brett Kimmorley says

The Warriors should be flying this week – freshened up after a week off and no players coming back from Origin. The Storm have to worry about a disrupted preparation. If any time is a good time to get the Melbourne Storm this is it. I’m tipping an upset with Kodi Nikorima to get them home. Warriors by 8

Stat Attack

Take away the past few seasons and the head-to-head ledger between these two stood at 18-16 in the Storm's favour (plus three draws). But seven straight wins to Melbourne since 2016 has swung things back strongly in their favour.

And another thing ...

Saturday is a tough day for Origin players to back up as the soreness really starts to set in. Melbourne have four (Cameron Munster, Will Chambers, Josh Addo-Carr and Felise Kaufusi) doing the three-day turnaround.