NRL World Club Challenge 2018

World Club Challenge 2018 – Storm v Leeds Rhinos – Preview & Tips

World Club Challenge 2018

World Club Challenge 2018 

Melbourne Storm v Leeds Rhinos, AAMI Park, Melbourne 

Friday, February 16 2018: 8.00 pm AEDT 

Bookmaker.com.au odds: Melbourne Storm $1.07 Leeds Rhinos $8.50

Betting Top 10 Australia Best Bets: With the World Club Challenge returning to Australian shores, the Melbourne Storm are unbackable favourites to dominate the Leeds Rhinos at home. Look for some value in backing the Leeds Rhinos to make a game of it and show some Yorkshire pride and get within 12 points of the Storm at $4.00 with Bookmaker.com.au 

 Leeds Rhinos

leeds rhinos

The Leeds Rhinos taking on the Melbourne Storm in Australia, in February without five key forwards may just prove too much.

Leeds one and only chance, is if Craig Bellamy’s Melbourne take them lightly, then they can run them close. Having six forwards unavailable makes the task even harder, if not impossible.

Melbourne Storm

The Melbourne Storm have named 11 members of their 2017 NRL Grand Final-winning team in their full-strength line-up.

The side comprises five members of Australia’s World Cup winning-squad, including playmakers Billy Slater and Cameron Smith and former Wigan forward Ryan Hoffman, who has re-joined the Storm from the New Zealand Warriors.

Hoffman, who will be playing in his fifth World Club Challenge, is a straight swap for Warriors-bound Tohu Harris, while Brodie Croft is given his first chance to fill Cooper Cronk’s No 7 jersey. Team in full;

  1. Billy Slater
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu
  3. Will Chambers
  4. Curtis Scott
  5. Josh Addo-Carr
  6. Cameron Munster
  7. Brodie Croft
  8. Jesse Bromwich
  9. Cameron Smith (Captain)
  10. Tim Glasby
  11. Felise Kaufusi
  12. Ryan Hoffman
  13. Dale Finucane

Interchange

  1. Brandon Smith
  2. Nelson Asofa Solomona
  3. Kenny Bromwich
  4. Christian Welch
  5. Joe Stimson
  6. Young Tonumaipea
  7. Tui Kamikamica
  8. Ryley Jacks

Betting Top 10 Australia’s Tip: Leeds to show some fight and stay with Melbourne for the first quarter of the match. Expect the Storm to take advantage of a Rhinos unit coming straight out of a Yorkshire winter and win by plenty.


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