PREVIEW 🔍 Robert Crosby looks at what to expect in Sunday night's second State of Origin clash.
6 hours ago
12-03-2011 07:30PM at AAMI Park
Referees: Matt Cecchin and Gavin Reynolds
Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy and Gavin Atkins
Video Referee: Bernard Sutton
A genuine rivalry exists between these two clubs. They've faced each other in two recent Grand Finals, one recent semi final, and a number of other matches that have erupted with fists flying. Fingers crossed for more of the same. Although Melbourne's roster has changed significantly, their fire-breathing, fury spitting, anger filled coach will no doubt be on a mission to breathe fire, spit fury and fill his players with anger.
You can count on Des Hasler bringing much of the same intensity as two old foes meet again at AAMI Park on Saturday night. After all had settled down though, Cameron Smith will prove to be the best player on the field with a masterful display to get his side their first official premiership points in 5 years. It will be close though, with the winner decided in the final moments.
My Tip: Storm 17-16
|Melbourne Storm Manly Sea Eagles|
|2010||NRL - Round 22||Brookvale Oval||Manly Sea Eagles||26-6|
|2010||NRL - Round 6||Etihad Stadium||Manly Sea Eagles||18-16|
|2009||Finals - Week 1||Etihad Stadium, Melbourne||Melbourne Storm||40-12|
|2009||Round 24||Olympic Park, Melbourne||Manly Sea Eagles||20-16|
|2009||Round 8||Brookvale Oval||Melbourne Storm||22-8|