NRL match preview: Storm vs Sharks

Saturday August 16th

Billy Slater, Sisa Waqa, William Chambers, Mahe Fonua, Marika Koroibete, Ben Roberts, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (c), Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Tim Glasby, Tohu Harris, Kenny Bromwich, Jordan McLean, Junior Moors

Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Jonathan Wright, Ricky Leutele, Valentine Holmes, Fa’amanu Brown, Jeff Robson, Tim Robinson, Michael Lichaa, Matt Prior, Chris Heighington, Tupou Sopoaga, Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: Pat Politoni, Junior Roqica, Tinirau Arona, Blake Ayshford

Coming off a narrow loss to the Warriors in Auckland the Sharks now head to Melbourne to take on a Storm side beaten on the stroke of fulltime by the Knights last round.

After leading by 10 points with just 2 minutes to play, a Kurt Gidley side line conversion sealed the unthinkable for the Knights in the game that the Storm should never had lost.

As the finals series approaches the Storm will look to notch up more wins in a bid to finish in the all-important top 4 come September.

The Sharks will be boosted by the long awaited return of Captain Paul Gallen, however are now without Andrew Fifita as well as Wade Graham and Luke Lewis for the remainder of the season.

With little beef up front the Sharks young talent in Fa’amanu Brown and Valentine Holmes will need to produce some attacking magic if the Sharks are to be any hope.

Whilst the Sharks head to Melbourne significantly understrength, much like the story of their season , they are a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly. With a history of upset wins , the Sharks could become the second team in two weeks to produce shock wins against the Storm.

Storm by 10.

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