Melbourne
Storm
23
North Queensland
Cowboys
22
FULLTIME
2017-06-17T07:30:00Z
AAMI Park

Preview

In a slightly questionable fixturing mishap by the NRL, two of the league’s heavyweights will go toe to toe without their superstar players.

Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Cheyse Blair, Jordan McLean, Will Chambers and Tim Glasby will all be sidelined for the Storm through injury or Origin duty while Coen Hess, Johnathan Thurston, Gavin Cooper and Michael Morgan will be representing the Maroons next week, meaning they won’t make the trip down south.

The absentees for the Storm means Young Tonumaipea will fill Billy Slater’s role at fullback with youngster Curtis Scott and Tohu Harris donning the three and four jerseys.

Ryley Jacks gets the start at halfback alongside Cameron Munster, with Slade Griffin playing at hooker.

The Storm’s forward pack is still very strong, with the Bromwich brothers, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Felise Kaufusi heading that line in what will go a long way to extending their lead atop the NRL ladder as they’ll run into Jason Taumalolo, Ethan Lowe and Scott Bolton, who are a reasonable trio in their own right.

Kyle Laybutt will assume five-eighth responsibilities alongside Ray Thompson in the halves. Expect John Asiata to be given more of a green light with the ball in hand as well.

The Storm are favourites with the bookies and you can expect Cameron Munster to have a big game as he continues to excel in his new role in the halves however the slightly more stable Cowboys will certainly be knocking on the door.

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Storm by 4.

Team Lists

Team Stats


Scoring Plays

Storm   Cowboys
4 Tries 3
3 Conversions 2
Penalty Goals 3
1 Field Goals

Attack

Storm   Cowboys
182 All Runs 171
1,686 All Run Metres 1,536
8 Line Breaks 2
8 Offloads 5

Defense

Storm   Cowboys
453 Kick Metres 477
40/20
357 Tackles 281
29 Missed Tackles 39

Discipline

Storm   Cowboys
11 Penalties Conceded 6
9 Errors 4
Sin Bin
Send Offs

Player Stats


Top Kick Metres

 PlayerTOT
Lachlan Coote238
Brodie Croft192
Kyle Laybutt166
Ryley Jacks148
Cameron Munster76

Summary