Tigers v Storm: Wests flying, bans hit premiers
Author NRL.com Timestamp Tue 3 Apr 2018, 01:30 PM
Many would have expected the Melbourne Storm to be on cloud nine heading into round five but instead they are left licking their wounds after a poor performance in last Friday’s loss to the Cronulla Sharks.
Meanwhile the Wests Tigers continue to be a surprise packet this season. Very few could have foreseen their start to the year but with a newfound resolve, the Tigers are no easy beats this year and could surprise the Storm for a second time this season.
While the visitors are coming off the back of their most impressive attacking display of the year in Monday’s win over Parramatta, the Storm have been hit with a double blow of Will Chambers copping a two-match suspension while Dale Finucane is both suspended and sidelined for a month with a fractured thumb.
Wests Tigers v Melbourne Storm, 5pm Saturday (3pm AET) at Mt Smart Stadium
Wests Tigers: 1 Tuimoala Lolohea, 2 Corey Thompson, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Benji Marshall, 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Russell Packer , 9 Pita Godinet, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange: 14 Jacob Liddle, 15 Alex Twal, 16 Michael Chee Kam, 17 Josh Aloiai
Reserves: 18 Tyson Gamble, 19 Tim Grant, 20 David Nofoaluma, 21 Sauaso Sue
Wests Tigers are unchanged from an impressive Easter Monday win over the Eels, with star recruit Josh Reynolds at least one more week away.
Storm: 1 Billy Slater, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Young Tonumaipea, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Brodie Croft, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith , 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Joe Stimson, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Kenny Bromwich
Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith, 15 Tim Glasby, 16 Christian Welch, 17 Sam Kasiano
Reserves: 18 Justin Olam, 19 Patrick Kaufusi, 20 Ryley Jacks, 21 Felise Kaufusi
Young Tonumaipea replaces Will Chambers (suspension) at centre and Kenny Bromwich comes in at lock for Dale Finucane (who is both injured and suspended). Felise Kaufusi is included in the reserves.
Head-to-head: Played 30; Storm 19 wins, Wests Tigers 11 wins
Matches at venue: No matches at Mt Smart Stadium
2017 results: Storm won 22-14 at Leichhardt Oval in round 4
Points per game: Wests Tigers 14.3; Storm 19.5
Points conceded per game: Wests Tigers 11.3; Storm 14
Televised: Live on Fox League