NRL Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos Live Streaming Free National Rugby League 2017. Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos match will be kick off at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Thursday 16 March 2017 online, Time 20:05 (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
The Broncos will head to Melbourne to take on the undefeated Storm, who have conceded just 16 points across the first two rounds to have the best defence in the NRL. There is reports that Storm fullback Billy Slater will make his long awaited return to the NRL after his absence with a shoulder injury.
The Storm have won 17 of the last 21 against the Broncos with Brisbane not winning two straight against Melbourne since 2004. The honours between the sides were shared in 2016. The Broncos won the Round 25 clash 26-16 at AAMI Park, with Tom Opacic crossing for a double. The Storm thumped the Broncos 48-16 in the Round 17 encounter, with Fijian flyer Suliasi Vunivalu scoring a hat-trick.
Melbourne have been typically impressive to start the season with strong road wins against Canterbury and New Zealand. Defence has again been the key with the Storm conceding just 16 points in their two clashes. Brisbane followed their solid 26-18 season opening win against Cronulla with a brutal 21-20 loss at home to rivals North Queensland. Brisbane’s attack has looked good but some periods of poor defence would be worrying Wayne Bennett.
Cooper Cronk v Ben Hunt. Cronk was instrumental in the Storm’s win over the Warriors last week, setting up two tries and scoring a late try of his own. After a disappointing effort in Round 1 against the Sharks, Hunt bounced back against the Cowboys, with two try-assists.
Melbourne are 2-0 ATS with a 1-1 total number while Brisbane are 1-1 ATS with a 2-0 over record. The Storm have won 17 of the last 21 against the Broncos with Brisbane not winning two straight against Melbourne since 2004. The Broncos have won the last two at AAMI Park. Small interstate underdogs cover at 63% since 2014. The under is 26-16 when the Storm concede 12 or fewer in the last four seasons. Night games go under at 60% in the first four rounds since 2012. Home favourites of 4 or more cover at 55% since 2013 after conceding 10 or fewer. The Storm have covered just 18 of their last 42 at home when favoured by 4 or more.
The Storm will be happy to finally play a match at AAMI Park, after road trips to Belmore and Auckland in the opening two rounds. The absence of Jesse Bromwich is a blow for the Storm, but Craig Bellamy has the knack of getting the best out of his fringe forwards such as Christian Welch and Tim Glasby. All eyes will be on the Storm No.1 jersey and if ‘Billy The Kid’ makes his return. It’s shaping up as a great battle, but the home side will get the two points on the back of their brick wall defence.
Melbourne 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. Christian Welch 15. Joe Stimson 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Vincent Leuluai 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Young Tonumaipea 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Jesse Bromwich
Brisbane Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd (c) 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Tautau Moga 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Korbin Sims 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Sam Thaiday 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire.
Interchange: 14. Alex Glenn 15. Tevita Pangai 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Jai Arrow 18. Benji Mashall 19. George Fai 20. David Mead 21. Jonus Pearson