Sunday’s first NRL Round 19 match is between Newcastle Knights and Melbourne Storm. The opening bounce is set to commence at 14:05 local time with the game to be played at Hunter Stadium. The away team Melbourne Storm are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Newcastle Knights and Melbourne Storm.
When: 14:05 | Sunday 17/07/2016
Where: Hunter Stadium
Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.20
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Ryan Morgan at $11.00
Knights: 1 Dane Gagai 2 Nathan Ross 3 Brendan Elliot 4 Peter Mata’utia-Leifi 5 Jake Mamo 6 Jarrod Mullen 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Robert Rochow 9 Danny Levi 10 Korbin Sims 11 Sione Mata’utia 12 Mitchell Barnett 13 Jeremy Smith Interchange: 14 Joshua King 15 Sam Mataora 16 Daniel Saifiti 17 Mickey Paea 18 Pat Mata’utia 23 Pauli Pauli.
Storm: 1 Young Tonumaipea 2 Suliasi Vunivalu 3 Cheyse Blair 4 Ryan Morgan 5 Marika Koroibete 6 Blake Green 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith 10 Felise Kaufusi 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Tohu Harris 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Kenneth Bromwich 15 Christian Welch 16 Matthew White 17 Benjamin Hampton.
Melbourne’s Jordan McLean will spend six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury, adding to the high-flying Storm’s growing injury list.
The in-form prop failed to return to the field after suffering the injury in the first half of the Storm’s 48-6 NRL victory over the Broncos in Brisbane on Friday.
McLean has a grade two ankle sprain and the 24-year-old will aim to return for the second-placed side’s run to the finals in round 23 against Canberra.
He joins Nelson Asofa-Solomona in the casualty ward, with his giant front row partner last week ruled out for two months with a knee injury.
Both players have been key figures in the Storm’s devastating form this year, and their absences are blows for a side that bases much of their play on the go-forward of their huge pack.
The Storm’s casualty ward also includes Cameron Munster, Tim Glasby, Will Chambers and Billy Slater.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change