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NRL Sunday Specials: Storm and Warriors to finish on top

Sat, Mar 25, 8:26am by Staff Writer

This Sunday will once again serve up two great games of rugby league with the Tigers hosting the Storm and the Dragons welcoming the Warriors from across the ditch. Both matches look set to provide great encounters across the field with plenty of action on offer.

Wests Tigers v Melbourne Storm, Leichhardt Oval, Sunday March 26, 4pm AEDT

A coachless Wests Tigers host the Melbourne Storm this Sunday looking for redemption. The sacking of Jason Taylor came as a surprise to many but the it was the manner of their two defeats this year that possibly led to his dismissal. The Tigers were not just beaten but thrashed by the Panthers and Raiders. Things do not get any easier as the Storm roll into Liechhardt Oval. Wests are priced at $2.60 with William Hill to get back on track with victory here. Their hopes will be pinned on embracing the emotions of a tough week to pull the squad together to achieve a win against the Storm.

For all the drama at Wests, the Storm continue to charge on relentlessly with little change. Three wins from three so far this year has seen them maintain the form that saw them reach the Grand Final last season. The return of Billy Slater has galvanised an already impressive squad with the addition of a world class full back. His appearance against the Broncos last week after a long time out due to injury was great to see for rugby league. The Storm will be expecting a backlash from the Tigers after the sacking of Taylor but William Hill still holds them as favourites at $1.50.

Bet of the Match: Melbourne to Win by 1-12 points at $3.00

St George Illawarra Dragons v New Zealand Warriors, Sunday March 26, UOW Jubilee Oval, 6:30pm AEDT

The final fixture of Round Four sees the St George Illawarra Dragons take on the New Zealand Warriors. So far this season the Dragons have been a surprise package opening the year with a demolition of Penrith before being comprehensively beaten by Parramatta. Last week, however, they showed glimpses of what could be in a hard-fought victory over Cronulla. Despite this William Hill are unable to separate these two sides with both the Dragons and Warriors priced at $1.91. St George’s attack has been on fire this year and will provide a serious threat to the Warriors.

Despite being on level terms with the Dragons with William Hill, the Warriors have had an indifferent start to 2017. With only one win to their name they need vast improvements if they are to contend for the top half of the ladder. This week they are likely to turn to new recruit Kieran Foran, who looks set to take his place in the Warriors squad for the first time. His influence over a strong pack could see the Warriors performances vastly improve. While the return of their captain, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, from concussion will be a huge boost for the away side.

Bet of the Match: New Zealand to Win by 1-12 points at $3.10

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