Sunday’s first NRL Round 3 match is between New Zealand Warriors and Melbourne Storm. The opening bounce is set to commence at 16:05 local time with the game to be played at Mt Smart Stadium. The home team New Zealand Warriors are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between New Zealand Warriors and Melbourne Storm.
When: 16:05 | Sunday 20/03/2016
Where: Mt Smart Stadium
Tip: New Zealand Warriors at $1.62
Value BET: First Tryscorer: Blake Green at $26.00
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Tuimoala Lolohea 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Solomone Kata 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Jeff Robson 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Issac Luke 10. Ben Matulino 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Nathaniel Roache 15. Charlie Gubb 16. James Gavet 17. Albert Vete 18. John Palavi 21. Jonathan Wright 23. Konrad Hurrell.
1 Cameron Munster 2 Young Tonumaipea 3 Will Chambers 4 Curtis Scott 5 Marika Koroibete 6 Blake Green 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Jordan McLean 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Tohu Harris 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Kenny Bromwich 15 Tim Glasby 16 Felise Kaufusi 17 Ben Hampton.
Champion Melbourne fullback Billy Slater could be out for the entire NRL season.
But the Storm are hoping, with some luck, that will not be the case.
Slater will go under the knife this week to determine the damage to his left shoulder, with fears he could require a second reconstruction which would rule him out for the entire NRL season.
The star copped the injury in a knock against St George Illawarra in round one, and happens to be the same shoulder he underwent surgery on last year.
Storm centre Will Chambers says the entire club are hoping he does not suffer the same season-ending fate he did after the second State of Origin match last year.
“It’s disappointing for everyone else around the club as well,” Chambers said.
“Bill is a big part of this club and has been for a long time. It’s very disappointing and everyone has their fingers crossed for some good news over the next couple of days.”
Chambers also said that while Slater was trying to remain positive, he was naturally upset.
“It’s obviously devastating for him,” he said.
“The news that he had to go back in and had to find out what’s wrong with his shoulder is obviously hard.
“He doesn’t know, he’s just got to wait and see what’s in store ahead.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change