Storm set to clash with Tigers in trial on Sunshine Coast
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers are set to collide at Sunshine Coast Stadium in the NRL pre-season.
While the clubs are yet to publicly commit to the encounter, the Daily understands plans are well underway.
The expected match will likely attract a significant crowd, especially because of the Storm’s affiliation with the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
“It’s good for Sunshine Coast rugby league, that’s for sure, and the region deserves it,” Sunshine Coast-based former Storm star Scott Hill said.
"The last one (trial) here was about five years ago.
"I think they’ll get a fair few thousand people to the game.
“They’ve got a stadium for it. They might have to put up some more temporary seating but other than that everything is there for it to happen.”
The Storm is primed for a big year after finishing in the top-four this season.
“Melbourne will always be there (in NRL premiership contention),” Hill said.
"They’ve got the culture and systems in place there that always puts them in a pretty good position.
"The great thing about this year was the exposure to a couple of really good talented young players like Cameron Munster.
"You’ve got the big three (Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater) but they’re getting a bit older every year.
“We’ll have to see how Billy gets through the season injury-wise.”
Melbourne’s link with the Sunshine Coast appears to be getting stronger.
The club’s under-20 outfit will be based here next year.
“So with them here you would think it is a smart move to have a trial here,” Hill said.
The match would likely be the Tigers’ second trial and there should be plenty of interest in whether Robbie Farah takes to the park.