The Storm will host the Broncos in the first of the NRL Preliminary Finals on Friday night. The Storm go into the match in very good form and warrant being the short priced favourites for the match although the Broncos are capable of beating any team on their day. View the odds and our tips for the Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos match.
When: 19:55 | Friday 22/9/2017
Where: AAMI Park
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The Storm have been without doubt the best team in the NRL this year and they head into the Preliminary Final without too many faults having only lost four matches for the year.
Melbourne are the short priced favourites for the match and are deserving to be how short they are and will be very hard to beat at home in front of a sellout crowd.
The Broncos have continued to win and win quite comprehensively. They took care of the dangerous Panthers on Friday night and should take a lot of confidence from that win into Friday’s final.
Brisbane will need to be on their game to match it with the Storm but if Melbourne put a foot or two wrong the Broncos are very much capable of causing a big upset to win their way into the Grand Final.
Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Tohu Harris 13. Dale Finucane 14. Kenny Bromwich 15. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 16. Tim Glasby 17. Slade Griffin 18. Jahrome Hughes 19. Robbie Rochow 20. Joe Stimson 21. Young Tonumaipea
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Tautau Moga 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Sam Thaiday 9. Ben Hunt 10. Adam Blair 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh McGuire 14. Benji Marshall 15. Tevita Pangai Junior 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Herman Ese’ese 18. David Mead 19. Jai Arrow 20. Jaydn Su’A 21. Jamayne Isaako
Melbourne’s Big Three scary, says Marshall
They call them the Big Three.
But Benji Marshall has another name for Melbourne greats Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater: scary.
Marshall’s Brisbane have been written off ahead of Friday night’s NRL preliminary final against minor premiers the Storm in Melbourne.
And the veteran playmaker said there were no prizes for guessing the three reasons why – skipper and rake Smith, halfback Cronk and No.1 Slater.
Asked if the Big Three were the NRL’s most formidable combination, Marshall said: “It’s the scariest.
“You look at the success they have had at every level of rugby league whether it’s Melbourne, Queensland or Australia.
“And that’s been off the back of what those three can do.
“You have to give them respect but also try and take their time away from them.”
Brisbane have a woeful record against Melbourne, winning just four of their last 23 games.
While Marshall said they would again be wary of the Big Three, the playmaker believed the Broncos had been their own worst enemies against Melbourne in the past.
“The thing with Melbourne is that they aren’t going to beat themselves – you have to go out there and beat them,” Marshall said.
“I think the last couple of times we have played them we have beaten ourselves as much as they have beaten us.
“We have a lot to do with our completion rates and we have to throw a bit of footy at them.
“Everyone is talking up the fact that they should win the comp easily but we have a belief that we can go down there and do a job.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change