Storm Brewing For Parra' In Melbourne

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Cameron Smith is trying to lead his team to back-to-back premierships. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 20, 2012 – Parramatta Eels 16 d Melbourne Storm 10 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 21, 2011 - Melbourne Storm 22 d Parramatta Eels 18 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 5, 2011 - Melbourne Storm 38 d Parramatta Eels 0 at AAMI Park
Round 13, 2010 - Parramatta Eels 24 d Melbourne Storm 10 at Parramatta Stadium
Grand Final, 2009 - Melbourne Storm 23 d Parramatta Eels 16 at ANZ Stadium

Current Form

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Storm

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Eels

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The Storm  will be looking to continue their resurgence when they host the Eels  at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon. Firing on all cylinders again following a form slump during and after State of Series, Melbourne goes into this fixture off the back of three straight wins and has named an unchanged squad to the one which beat the Knights 23-10 in Newcastle last weekend.

Parramatta has won just one of its past twelve fixtures and has been dealt another blow going into this match, with star playmaker Jarryd Hayne ruled out with a knee injury. The Origin representative has only played twice since the start of June and has been replaced in the halves by Ben Roberts, with Semi Radradra returning to the side as part of a backline shuffle.


1st Tryscorer

There were some suggestions that Billy Slater  had lost the mantle of the best fullback in the game earlier this year, but the Melbourne custodian has been in irresistible form over the past month with four tries in as many matches.

Young back Vai Toutai  hasn’t been a regular fixture in the Eels side this season but has done a good job whenever he has been given an opportunity. He scored a double in Parramatta’s victory over the Tigers in round 22 and will relish the opportunity to go head-to-head with the Storm’s backline stars.


Prediction

The Eels have won four of the past seven meetings between these sides but that is where the good news ends for them. They have lost their past 17 away from Parramatta Stadium and haven’t won in Melbourne for eight years, while the Storm has lost just one of their past 15 at home. This could get ugly for Ricky Stuart’s men. Melbourne Storm by 30

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