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Reigning premiers Melbourne have shockingly slumped to three defeats from their opening five games of the season to rank outside the top eight heading into Round 6 – can they return to the winners circle against the resurgent Knights?
The Storm have lost twice to the Tigers in 2018, along with the Sharks a fortnight ago, while they’ve also gone down in their two milestone celebration games for Billy Slater and Craig Bellamy – matches that Melbourne traditionally lift for.
There’s no question the Storm are missing superstar halfback Cooper Cronk – the club have been held to 10 points or less in three of their five games and are generally struggling with the ball in hand.
Defence is still okay for Melbourne – they rank fourth in that department after five rounds – but they are ninth in attack and certainly aren’t looking as threatening as years gone by.
Newcastle meanwhile bounced back strongly from a couple of heavy defeats to the Dragons and Roosters to edge Brisbane 15-10 at home last week.
That win lifted the Knights above Melbourne on the table and into the top eight after they started the season with narrow victories over the Sea Eagles and Raiders.
Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga are developing a potent combination and have the ability to tear up the competition this season – but they must be supported by their forwards.
It’s very rare that Melbourne lose three games on the trot, so Newcastle will have to be prepared for an early onslaught. If they can hang with the Storm early and frustrate them, the Knights are well in this encounter, but I’m expecting a response from Bellamy and his side. I’m backing Melbourne home in a tight one.
Melbourne Storm: 1 Billy Slater, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Young Tonumaipea, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Felise Kaufusi, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Kenny Bromwich.
Interchange: 14 Joe Stimson, 15 Tim Glasby, 16 Christian Welch, 17 Sam Kasiano. Reserves: 18 Brandon Smith, 19 Patrick Kaufusi, 20 Brodie Croft, 21 Justin Olam.
Newcastle Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 3 Sione Mata’utia, 4 Nathan Ross, 5 Ken Sio, 6 Brock Lamb, 7 Mitchell Pearce, 8 Daniel Saifiti, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Aidan Guerra, 13 Herman Ese’ese.
Interchange: 14 Danny Levi, 15 Chris Heighington, 16 Jamie Buhrer, 17 Jacob Saifiti. Reserves: 18 Luke Yates, 19 Josh King, 20 Jack Cogger, 21 Cory Denniss.