Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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International St.George Bank Dragons prop Luke Bailey is the only change to the line-up to play the Storm in Melbourne this weekend, with coach Nathan Brown rewarding the side which upset the Warriors last Saturday.
Bailey, who missed last weekend's match on suspension, has returned to the starting line-up, with Ashton Sims going back to the bench.
Brown has named a six-man bench including Justin Poore, Brent Kite, Lincoln Withers, Tony Jensen and Nathan Long (who did not play last Saturday in Auckland because of a knee injury).
Meanwhile, Dragons centre Mark Gasnier, who returned to training with the St George Bank Dragons this morning as planned, will play in Premier League against the Newtown Jets on Saturday alongside Brett Firman.
Gasnier was granted leave last Thursday and missed the Warriors game in Auckland, while Firman was relegated last week to regain confidence after his second shoulder reconstruction.
NRL (Rd 3) v Melbourne Storm 3pm Sunday March 28 Olympic Park Coach: Nathan Brown 1. Ben HORNBY 2. Nathan BLACKLOCK 3. David HOWELL 4. Matt COOPER 5. Reece SIMMONDS 6. Shaun TIMMINS (c) 7. Mathew HEAD 8. Luke BAILEY 9. Ryan POWELL 10. Lance THOMPSON 11. Dean YOUNG 12. Mark RIDDELL 13. Michael HOWELL
14. Ashton SIMS 15. Brent KITE 16. Justin POORE 17. Lincoln WITHERS 18. Tony JENSEN 19. Nathan LONG * TWO TO BE OMITTED
Premier League (Rd 3) v Newtown Jets 4.30pm Saturday March 27 Henson Park Coach: Michael Potter
1. Clint GREENSHIELDS 2. Andrew FREW 3. Mark GASNIER 4. Ben CREAGH 5. John CARLAW 6. Lachlan RUSSELL 7. Brett FIRMAN 8. David TANGATA-TOA 9. Aaron GORRELL 10. Michael HENDERSON 11. Bryan NORRIE 12. Willie LEYSHON 13. Stacey KATU
14. Wycliff PALU 15. Aaron WHEATLEY 16. John OLZARD 17. Wade HUMPHREYS