NRL Round 19 – Match 3 Footy Tips: New Zealand Warriors v Melbourne Storm

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Things get interesting in the Rivalry Round on Saturday night when the NRL world waits to see what tricks the Storm will pull out of the bag to try and overcome an in-form Warriors outfit at Mt Smart Stadium.

New Zealand have been the team of the month for us winning four on the trot against some intimidating competition including their upset 12 – 6 win ahead of the Panthers last week. Playing with strong defence, smart attack and thriving even without many of their first-choice players, it really is hard to go past the Warriors at the moment when having a punt at

Further improving New Zealand’s claims here is the top-class squad they have announced that includes returning stars Brent Tate, Brett Seymour, Lance Hohaia and Kevin Locke, who will more than cover for the recently injured Isaac John.

Melbourne are starting to slip as the finals, which mean nothing for this club unable to win points, approach. They come into this one on the back of two straight losses and even though their Origin stars should be back to their best, the trip across the Tasman and more salary cap drama and disruptions affecting their lead up, the thunder might be taken right out of them again. have the Warriors as the $1.65 favourites and we are sticking with them, while Melbourne are out to $2.25.

Last time these two met back in Round 7 the Warriors were the unlucky first team to face Melbourne after the salary cap news broke and suffered a huge 40 – 6 thrashing. But the Storm are playing a far more determined Warriors side this time round who will be hell bent on revenge.

Warriors to thrive in front of the home crowd and hand Melbourne their first three-straight losses since 2002.

Footy Tip of the Match – Last Scoring Play to be a New Zealand Warriors Try at $6.25 through

NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:

New Zealand have starting playing a really solid 80 minutes of footy and finishing strongly. So we are putting our money on the ‘Last Scoring Play’ to be a Warriors try at $6.25 through

Current Head-to-Head Odds:

Warriors $1.65 – Storm $2.25

Round 19 Warriors Team:

1. Lance Hohaia 2. Kevin Locke 3. Brent Tate 4. Jerome Ropati 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. James Maloney 7. Brett Seymour 8. Jesse Royal 9. Aaron Heremaia 10. Russell Packer 11. Simon Mannering 12. Lewis Brown 13. Michael Luck

Bench: 14. Ian Henderson 15. Ben Matulino 16. Jeremy Latimore 17. Ukuma Ta’ai

Reserve: 18. Sione Lousi

Round 19 Storm Team:

1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Duffie 3. Chase Stanley 4. Greg Inglis 5. Dane Nielsen 6. Brett Finch 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Bryan Norrie 9. Cameron Smith 10. Brett White 11. Adam Blair 12. Sika Manu 13. Kevin Proctor

Bench: 14. Ryan Hinchcliffe 15. Todd Lowrie 16. Aiden Tolman 17. Jeff Lima

Reserve: 18. Ryan Hoffman