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The Warriors did it the hard way against the Knights, but finally broke their 8-year Round 1 hoodoo and will play a consecutive home match when they host the Storm, who grinded out a Round 1 win over the Bulldogs at Belmore.
The spoils have been shared in the last 6 matches between these sides, with both winning three matches a piece. However, the Storm did the double in 2016, with a 21-14 victory at Mt Smart Stadium in Round 3 and followed it up, with a 42-0 drubbing in Round 8 when the Storm hosted the Warriors at AAMI Park.
New Zealand got away with one in Round 1, sneaking home 26-22 against Newcastle. The Warriors blew a 20-8 lead to trail 22-20 before a late Ryan Hoffman try gave New Zealand a rare Round 1 win. Melbourne went into their Round 1 clash with Canterbury without stars Billy Slater and Tohu Harris as well as a host of off-season losses and then lost Jesse Bromwich in the opening minutes but were typically gritty in downing the Bulldogs 12-6. The Storm once again signalled their season would be marked by defence.
Shaun Johnson v Cooper Cronk. If Round 1 is a sign of things to come, Johnson could be in for a big 2017 season, after playing hurt for large parts of 2016. Johnson was instrumental in the Round 1 win over the Knights, with 3 try-assists and 2 line-breaks. Mr Consistent, Cronk produced a workman-like performance in the win over the Bulldogs and will need to provide good field position with his kicking game against the Warriors, especially if the forwards struggle in the absence of enforcer Jesse Bromwich.
New Zealand failed to cover their opening match while they went over while Melbourne covered and went well under. The under is 26-15 when the Storm concede 12 or fewer in the last four seasons. Home underdogs who scored 25 or more are 37-17 ATS since 2013 with the under 33-21 while since 2008 Rounds 1-4 they are 15-8 ATS. Home underdogs cover at 66% in the first four rounds dating back to 2008 with the under hitting at 57% in matches with a home underdog getting 3.5 or less. Night games go under at 60% in the first four rounds since 2012. Since 2013 home teams cover at 55% with the under hitting at 55% when on a five-day backup when scoring 26 the week prior.
The Wolf is always cautious when it comes to backing the Warriors, but the loss of prop Jesse Bromwich cannot be underestimated and the Storm could be leg-heavy after their grinding win over the Bulldogs in torrid conditions and did spend the majority of the second half defending their line. Throw in a consecutive away trip early in the season and The Wolf is taking the home side in an upset.
New Zealand Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Tuimoala Lolohea 3. David Fusitua 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Mafoa’aeata Hingano 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Albert Vete 9. Issac Luke 10. Charlie Gubb 11. Bunty Afoa 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering 14. Erin Clark 15. Jacob Lillyman 16. Sam Lisone 17. Bodene Thompson 18. Isaiah Papalii 20. James Gavet 21. Manu Vatuvei 22. Mason Lino
Melbourne Storm: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. William Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Ryley Jacks 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Tim Glasby 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Christian Welch 15. Joe Stimson 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Young Tonumaipea 18. Brodie Croft 19. Vincent Leuluai 20. Mark Nicholls 21. Curtis Scott