Sunday’s (09/08/2015) first NRL 2015 Round 22 match is between Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans. The opening bounce is set to commence at 14:05 local time with the game to be played at AAMI Park. The home team Melbourne Storm are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans.
When: 14:05 | Sunday 09/08/2015
Where: AAMI Park
Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.15
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Will Chamblers at $9.50
1. Cameron Munster 2. Marika Koroibete 3. Will Chambers 4. Tohu Harris 5. Matt Duffie 6. Blake Green 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Tim Glasby 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane Interchange: 14. Ryan Hinchcliffe 15. Mahe Fonua 16. Felise Kaufusi 17. Christian Welch Nichol.
1. Josh Hoffman 2. David Mead 3. James Roberts 4. Nene Macdonald 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Kane Elgey 8. Luke Douglas 9. Beau Falloon 10. Nate Myles 11. Ryan James 12. Agnatius Paasi 13. Greg Bird. Interchange: 14. Dave Taylor 15. Edward Pettybourne 16. Matt White 17. Kierran Moseley 18. Lachlan Burr 20. Daniel Mortimer.
Melbourne, we have a problem.
That was the admission of Storm coach Craig Bellamy following his side’s 34-16 NRL capitulation to cellar dwellers the Wests Tigers on Friday night.
In a game in which they went in as raging-hot favourites, the Storm looked like anything but a premiership team as they let in six tries against a far less fancied opposition.
The Storm will likely end the weekend still in fifth spot but are in danger of losing touch with the top four.
However, according to Bellamy, that is only a minor concern.
More pressing for the master coach is that just six weeks out from the finals, his side went belly up after sprinting to an early 10-0 lead.
He accused his side of going “a bit soft” and turning off after their second try in the 16th minute.
It was the biggest scoreline his side has conceded this year and for Bellamy, alarm bells were now ringing.
“That’s the disappointing thing – we played well for 20 minutes and we can’t back it up for another 60. Basically gave up without a yelp.
“The last 58 minutes or whatever it was – they scored 34 points to six.
“That’s the most points we’ve had put on us all year and basically they were put on in 60 minutes.
“We’ve got a problem.”
Captain Cameron Smith said he warned his teammates that the Tigers, who went into the match on the bottom of the ladder, would have a nothing-to-lose mentality, but they failed to heed his words.
“If we’re fair dinkum, if we play to our capabilities, we shouldn’t lose these games,” he said.
“No disrespect to the Wests Tigers, but if we play to our capabilities we should come away with two points.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change