NRL Round 16 Betting: NZ Warriors Vs Melbourne Storm – Sunday 26th of June 2011
Sunday afternoon footy starts a little earlier than normal with the first outing between the Warriors and the Storm at Mt Smart Stadium. This will be played at 2pm local time, so for the NRL fans in Australia you will be able to watch first grade football from midday all the way through to 6pm…. Time to pull out the esky and fire up the BBQ!
The Warriors folded like a bad poker hand in the second half against the Cowboys last week, alarmingly the second time in 2 weeks. Leading 10-8 at half time they went scoreless to the Cowboys 22 in the second stanza to go down 30-8. The Storm had a good win over a Tigers team that threw everything they had at them. The Storm were able to hold the Tigers to just 4 points in the entire match, they only needed 12 to win.
The Warriors have won the last 2 matches against the Storm. The most recent was ANZAC day where the Warriors travelled the Tasman and stunned the Storm at home for their first loss at AAMI in 10 rounds. The Storm will want revenge and they are in perfect position to do so as they are the competition leaders at the moment.
It’s not just the Warriors second half that is folding; it looks as though their season may be. After winning 5 straight they find themselves on a 3 game losing streak, this could make it number 4. To add injury to insult they are without most of their speed this weekend as Locke, Fisiiahi and Inu are all sidelined. They are still missing Michael Luck as well which adds a few extra tackles to each of the forwards in their line up.
The Warriors might have the Storm covered in the middle of the park, but is on the fringes where this game will be won. They will need to defend like demons out wide if they want to control the field position here.
So the Storm managed to secure the top spot on the NRL ladder with their 8 point win over the Tigers. There is just one team that is doing as good and that is their nemesis of recent, the Manly Sea Eagles. The Eagles are better on form for mine as they have had some tougher opposition and their football has been excellent. The Storm have played well, but there is still some areas that need fine tuning for them to be a threat for the competition.
Sika Manu and Kevin Proctor were more handfuls than the Tigers could hold last week, and if they play the same roles as last week they will be chewing metres on the Fringes. From good metres come the Smith, Cronk and Slater combos, once the Storm get on a roll they will be harder to stop than a steam roller.
The Storm will have too much class here, and they will want some big time revenge for the loss earlier this season. Without the quick men for the Warriors there will be less cover tackles and more line breaks and half line breaks. Storm will dominate 13+.