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Melbourne Storm 2020

Post by greeneyed » January 2, 2020, 3:15 pm

NRL.com's predicted Storm Round 1 team

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen
2. Josh Addo-Carr
3. Marion Seve
4. Justin Olam
5. Suliasi Vunivalu
6. Cameron Munster
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith
10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Kenny Bromwich
13. Dale Finucane

14. Brandon Smith
15. Tui Kamikamica
16. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
17. Thomas Eisenhuth

Others: Sandor Earl, Harry Grant, Cooper Johns, Albert Vete, Christian Welch, Ryley Jacks

Read more: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/01/02/mel ... cted-team/
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Re: Melbourne Storm 2020

Post by zim » January 6, 2020, 9:39 am

That's one of the worst looking melbourne sides we've seen in quite a long time. Top 4 certainties.

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Post by Makaveli » January 6, 2020, 10:51 am

Based off Queensland Cup form last year, Harry Grant won't be far off an NRL debut.

Ryley Jacks is a plodder but is a better option at halfback than Hughes.

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Re: Melbourne Storm 2020

Post by julian87 » January 7, 2020, 6:40 am

Yeah Hughes isn’t a halfback and never will be imo.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.

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Re: Melbourne Storm 2020

Post by Seiffert82 » January 9, 2020, 11:49 am

Clearly a top 8 side, but Hughes is a terrible halfback. Surely they go with Jacks.

If Addo-Carr joins Vunivalu in the departure lounge, that backline is starting to look pretty bloody ordinary.

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Re: Melbourne Storm 2020

Post by BadnMean » January 9, 2020, 12:33 pm

Seiffert82 wrote:
January 9, 2020, 11:49 am
Clearly a top 8 side, but Hughes is a terrible halfback. Surely they go with Jacks.

If Addo-Carr joins Vunivalu in the departure lounge, that backline is starting to look pretty bloody ordinary.
Munster can go either way. Not quite a half who you know you'll get quality from every week. I still worry when I see his name on a sheet against us, as he can be excellent. But at the same time I'm getting more and more comfortable we'll get the goods from Jack.

Same on Hughes. Maybe he's a bench utility. Not a starting half. Not in a top side.

I expect the Storm to kick to Seve and Vunivalu often this year. They are both whoppers and good in the air. Good targets who the new rule will suit to a tee. That will stretch defences to allow Papenhuyzen some room to chime in on a straighter angle as the halves or Smith drift across shaping to kick. Good vs us too as none of our back 3 are especially noted in the air as high flyers.

They'll be heavily reliant on an ageing Smith's wiles holding up and Papenhuyzen delivering the creative spark week in week out. I'd expect teams to be giving Papenhuyzen the treatment this year. At 80kg it could be a tough year.

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Re: Melbourne Storm 2020

Post by Seiffert82 » January 9, 2020, 12:45 pm

BadnMean wrote:
January 9, 2020, 12:33 pm
Seiffert82 wrote:
January 9, 2020, 11:49 am
Clearly a top 8 side, but Hughes is a terrible halfback. Surely they go with Jacks.

If Addo-Carr joins Vunivalu in the departure lounge, that backline is starting to look pretty bloody ordinary.
Munster can go either way. Not quite a half who you know you'll get quality from every week. I still worry when I see his name on a sheet against us, as he can be excellent. But at the same time I'm getting more and more comfortable we'll get the goods from Jack.

Same on Hughes. Maybe he's a bench utility. Not a starting half. Not in a top side.

I expect the Storm to kick to Seve and Vunivalu often this year. They are both whoppers and good in the air. Good targets who the new rule will suit to a tee. That will stretch defences to allow Papenhuyzen some room to chime in on a straighter angle as the halves or Smith drift across shaping to kick. Good vs us too as none of our back 3 are especially noted in the air as high flyers.

They'll be heavily reliant on an ageing Smith's wiles holding up and Papenhuyzen delivering the creative spark week in week out. I'd expect teams to be giving Papenhuyzen the treatment this year. At 80kg it could be a tough year.
Yep, agree with all that. In Munster, you have a high quality playmaker but he is not a controlling half and he can also lose his **** under pressure. If Smith is out (for whatever reason) there is a lot of pressure on him to both take the reigns of the team and create opportunities for his outside backs. His kicking game is critical for them.

I also agree with Papenhuyzen and was going to say something a bit similar. He is dynamite around the ruck, but he is also a small frame and could be in for another season of punishment.

They have some really good quality players across the park but they are not as physically or mentally robust as previous seasons, nor do they have the depth. They are no longer a team that can just grind you out of the contest these days. In attack, they rely on individual brilliance as much as any team in the comp and if you get under their Smith's skin he can lose the plot a bit nowadays.

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Re: Melbourne Storm 2020

Post by zim » January 21, 2020, 1:03 pm

@matt
Jason Ryles has left the coaching staff. It's all failing apart mate.

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Re: Melbourne Storm 2020

Post by zim » January 21, 2020, 1:10 pm

I find myself falling into the old trap of thinking they're going to crumble...
Think I might tip them to finish outside the top 4 when we all do our predicted ladders.

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