Storm To Bounce Back

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Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors
Friday April 25 – 6:05 PM (AEST)

Warriors: WWLLL

Since 2009, the ANZAC Day clash between the Melbourne Storm  and the New Zealand Warriors  has become one of the most anticipated games of the season. Beginning with a draw on a wet and windy night at Olympic Park, both teams have had their share of victories.

Melbourne have been on both ends of some very controversial calls this season, with the 2012 Premiers going down the Canberra Raiders 24-22 on Sunday afternoon. The Raiders made the most of a refereeing blunder, which saw Sisa Waqa denied an obvious four-pointer which would have sealed the game for the Storm. Injury to five-eighth Ben Roberts (knee) opens the door for young Ben Hampton, with Mitch Garbutt returning to the bench after missing Sunday’s game with illness.

The Warriors are yet to find their groove. Passes are not hitting their mark. Kicks are flying over the sideline. Players are being caught out of position. For a team that has such potential, it raises a simple question; what is going on over the Tasman? The Warriors were dismal in Saturday night’s effort against the Dragons. Failing to produce any momentum, Shaun Johnson could not turn his side around, losing to the Dragons 20-10. Chad Townsend slots into five-eighth for the injured Thomas Leuluai (groin), with Jayson Bukuya again named in the starting side after being a late withdrawal the past two weeks and Feleti Mateo added to the bench.

If it wasn’t for a refereeing mishap, the Storm would be two straight. It’s hard not to see them coming out victorious on Friday.

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