Slater Primed For A Big Season

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Billy Slater is set light to competition up. Image courtesy of: nrl.com

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Dragons v Storm


Jubilee Oval

Monday March 9 – 6:05 PM (AEST)


 

 


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Melbourne fullback Billy Slater has proclaimed he's in the best shape he has been in for years heading into the Storm’s Monday night clash against St George-Illawarra .

The Storm is known for its big three. With Slater at the back, Cooper Cronk in the halves and Cameron Smith at rake, it’s not hard to see why Melbourne have dominated the competition for almost a decade. But time is running out for these superstars, and many believe they don’t have the depth to match it with the powerhouses anymore. Melbourne are at the longest they have been in years in the future market , and they're widely tipped to miss the eight , let alone finish in the Top 4 . Smith has been named at hooker after overcoming a niggling ankle injury, alongside Bulldogs recruit Dale Finucane and Super League signing Blake Green. 

It's been well publicised that the Dragons are in a rebuilding phase. Coach Paul ‘Mary’ McGregor has had his first preseason with the club, and after some solid performances in the Auckland Nines and the World Club Series, things seem to be going to plan. The emergence of Fijian flyer Etonia Nabuli has excited Dragons fans, who seem confident the Red V can challenge for the 2015 NRL Premiership . While a Top 4 finish might be long odds for a team still finding its feet, a finals berth could definitely be on the cards. Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop are again the halves, with debutant Rory O’Brien on the bench.

These two teams have some interesting history dating back to the 1999 Grand Final and the infamous penalty try. Last year, the Storm and Dragons shared a win each, with Melbourne's victory shrowded in controversy. Even though Melbourne are winding down a golden era, TattsBet customers are confident they can trump the Dragons by at least 13 points . 

 

 

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