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New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm Predictions & Tips - Storm to claim 11th straight win

  • New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm predictions for Sunday's NRL Round 14 match
  • The match is being played at Central Coast Stadium (5.00am BST)
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 10 matches
  • The Storm are tipped to make it 11 in a row, but Warriors can keep it tight
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Melbourne Storm are tipped for an 11th straight win over the New Zealand Warriors (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 12 Jun 2021
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New Zealand Warriors vs Melbourne Storm Predictions


A Melbourne win could see the Storm snare first place on the ladder. They are tipped to continue they winning run with an 11th straight victory over the Warriors, and an 11th successive win this season.

  • New Zealand Warriors have lost 3 of their last 4 matches
  • New Zealand Warriors have seen 44+ points in their past 6 games
  • New Zealand Warriors have seen 4 of their last 6 matches decided by 6 points or less
  • New Zealand Warriors have lost their last 10 matches against Melbourne Storm
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 10 matches
  • Melbourne Storm have reached at least 40 points in 7 of their last 10 matches

Head-to-Head


These two sides have clashed 46 times previously, with the Storm racking up 28 victories to the Warriors 16. There have also been two games drawn. 

The Storm have won all of their last ten games against the Warriors.

New Zealand Warriors Form


While the Warriors' form in 2021 can be described as consistently inconsistent, one thing they have been in nearly all games this year is competitive until the final whistle. 

This has seen them score wins against Gold Coast Titans, Canberra Raiders, St George Illawarra Dragons, North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers.

They have also lost narrowly to Newcastle Knights, Manly Sea Eagles (twice) and the Cowboys in their last game.

New Zealand Warriors Team News


Addin Fonua-Blake returns from injury this weekend, as do Josh Curran and Bayley Sironen. 

Rookie trio Tom Ale, Reece Walsh and Adam Pompey will all be available next weekend, while winger David Fusitu’a is set to miss several more weeks yet. 

Peta Hiku’s shoulder injury will see him miss the rest of the season.

For this clash, Tuivasa-Sheck reverts to fullback and rookie Edward Kosi fills the vacant wing spot. 

Rocco Berry returns at centre and Leeson Ah Mau is named in the run-on side at prop. 

Sironen slots straight back into the back row and Curran will start at lock. 

New Zealand Warriors Team List


1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Marcelo Montoya 3. Euan Aitken 4. Rocco Berry 5. Edward Kosi 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Bayley Sironen 12. Tohu Harris 13. Josh Curran 14. Jack Murchie 15. Kane Evans 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila 18. Jazz Tevaga 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. Ken Maumalo 23. Addin Fonua-Blake

Melbourne Storm Form


Melbourne had a surprisingly poor start to their 2021 campaign by their standards, snaring a win over Souths before dropping back-to-back games against Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers. 

Since then, though, they have been unstoppable, racking up ten straight wins and scoring 382 points.

Round 7 was their worst defensive performance, when the Warriors scored 20 points against them. The Storm won the game 42-20 though, showing that Melbourne’s defence is almost as impressive as their attack.

Melbourne Storm Team News


The Storm will be without Origin prop Christian Welch, who suffered a concussion in Queensland’s Game 1 defeat on Wednesday. 

Also missing this weekend are Nelson Asofa-Solomona due to suspension, while Ryley Jacks, Brenko Lee and Darryn Schonig are all expected to be back within the next fortnight. 

Ryan Papenhuyzen, Tyson Smoothy and Max King are all sidelined indefinitely with their injuries.

Cameron Munster was put on report in State of Origin on Wednesday. He, along with Felise Kaufusi, Josh Addo-Carr and Harry Grant are all expected to back-up from their representative duties for this match, while Kenny Bromwich will return from injury. 

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Kenneath Bromwich 12. Felise Kaufusi 13. Dale Finucane 14. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Christian Welch 17. Aaron Pene 18. Dean Ieremia 19. Tom Eisenhuth 20. Marion Seve 21. Chris Lewis 22. Trent Loiero 23. Cooper Johns

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Verdict

The Storm’s blistering attack and stingy defence should be too much for the Warriors. A somewhat Origin-battered Melbourne are tipped to win by 1-12.

Best Bet: Storm by 1-12 Winning Margin @240.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit

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