NRL Round 7 – Match 7 Preview: Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors

This will be one of the most interesting and intense games of the round as the disgraced Storm play their first match since the upsetting revelations about the club’s salary cap rort have been made public, as they host the Warriors at Etihad Stadium on ANZAC day.

Despite the scandal and the fact that Melbourne have been barred from earning any competition points in 2010, the Storm are still installed as the short-priced favourites at $1.30 for a win with Ladbrokes.com.au.

Off field controversy aside, even with their brilliant squad, Melbourne are coming off their only two losses of the season, the first to the Titans in Round 5 and most recently to Manly last week.

The Warriors too suffered a beating in Round 6, when they were thrashed 40 – 12 by the red hot Panthers.

Playing away and coming off a big loss are why the Warriors are at the long odds of $3.50 at the moment, but surely with Melbourne rocked to the core and fighting for nothing more than pride, New Zealand are in with some sort of chance against the over-paid Storm.

Another question Sunday’s match will answer is how Melbourne fans will react to the team that has worked so hard in letting them down. Will they rally and support the Storm or will the boos be for the home team and not the visitors?

Sticking with the Storm here, but not out of sympathy or respect, simply because no matter how much they are getting paid the in-form Cooper Cronk and his team are just too good and will be doing anything to stop three consecutive defeats.

Current Head-to-Head Odds: Storm $1.30 – Warriors $3.50 Ladbrokes.com.au