Melbourne Storm welcome back Cameron Smith for their clash with the Titans on Sunday as they try and bounce back from last week’s 40-12 loss to the Bulldogs.
Last time Melbourne and Gold Coast met was in the last round of last year’s regular season and it went to golden point extra time, with Cooper Cronk finally slotting a successful field goal after five failed attempts.
Melbourne looked a little jaded last week, especially their defence which conceded five tries in the second half. But they return to their home ground where they are 3-0 against the Titans.
Regaining their captain from back spasms will help bring stability to their spine but Jordan McLean is out for seven weeks for inflicting a tackle on Alex McKinnon which might end his career.
The club haven’t decided whether or not they want to appeal the punishment.
The Titans, after an ugly 13-12 win against state rivals North Queensland, will get back fullback William Zillman and hooker Matt Srama.
Aiden Sezer and Albert Kelly have gained confidence in the halves in the last few weeks and they’ll be a difficult proposition for the Storm to overcome.
Prop Bryan Norrie plays his 100th game for the Storm.
Both sides are 3 wins, 1 loss but none of Melbourne’s three wins have been comfortable so far, so I think they’ll win but by less than 10 points.
Tip: Storm by 4