Here is the betting and stats preview for the Round 16 Sunday action to finish the rugby league weekend.
Reproduced with permission from TheGurgler.com.
MELBOURNE STORM v MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
A touch of irony here with the game being on the Sunshine Coast, as Melbourne’s opponents Manly were the previous feeder club bosses of the Sunshine Coast. They even won a Intrust Super Cup premiership with Daly Cherry-Evans leading the way. Something the renamed Falcons have yet to do. Cameron Smith returns, and maybe he’d like to lead the Falcons to victory next season, or coach the Broncos, or referee for the Titans. Cameron Munster also returns, and he’s already played for the other Melbourne feeder club in Easts Tigers.
QUICK MATCH FACTS
- Manly lead the Storm 56% to 44% on a Sunday.
- The away side has won the last five Head-to-Head matches, plus eight of the last nine.
- Manly have lost their past four Sunday games. Melbourne have won their last seven.
- The Storm also have the best winning record in the NRL on a Sunday at 62%.
- Melbourne have won their last 15 games in Queensland.
- Melbourne obviously like a coast in Qld, they have won their last seven dating back to 2013.
- Manly have drifted, no doubt on the news of the two Camerons returning.
- Both sides lean towards scoring more points in the second half.
- The last five games are under the 43.5 points total mark, and the average for all games since 1992 is also lower.
- Melbourne score the first try in two thirds of their games and although logic says to take Josh Addo-Carr to score first, an alternative is Jahrome Hughes who is great value.
- Manly have scored first and last seven times, but they still don’t have their leading man for first try Tom Trbojevic back.
- A Melbourne betting preview wouldn’t be complete without some love heading in Nicho Hynes’ direction, and after he provided the spark for Melbourne last weekend, last try is the next step this weekend.
THE FINAL SAY SAME GAME MULTI
Melbourne to Win
Total Points Under 43.5
Second Half – Highest Scoring Half
Jahrome Hughes – First Melbourne Try Scorer
Nicho Hynes – Last Try Scorer
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