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Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors Predictions & Tips - Warriors to keep it close in Melbourne

  • Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors predictions for Sunday’s NRL game
  • The Round 7 clash is being played at 9.15am BST at AAMI Park
  • New Zealand completed 98% of their sets in their last game
  • I am backing the Warriors with the +16.5 handicap
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Melbourne Storm host New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park on Sunday (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 21 Apr 2021
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Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors Predictions

New Zealand Warriors don’t get smashed very often and completed 40/41 sets last week. If they continue to hold onto the ball they can keep this closer than the odds suggest.

  • Melbourne Storm have won 11 of their last 14 games.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 9 games against New Zealand Warriors.
  • New Zealand Warriors have lost by 16+ points in 3 of their last 19 games.
  • New Zealand Warriors completed 98% (40/41) of their sets in their last game.

Head to Head

Melbourne Storm have a 27-16 advantage against New Zealand Warriors with 2 draws in 45 games.

Melbourne Storm Form

Melbourne started the season by beating South Sydney 26-18 after racing to a 22-0 lead. The Storm lost their next two games, 16-12 against Parramatta and 12-10 against Penrith.

Craig Bellamy's side bounced back with three straight wins. The Storm beat Brisbane 40-6, Canterbury 52-18 and Sydney Roosters 20-4.

Melbourne Storm Injuries & Team News

Star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen (shoulder) has been ruled out with Nicho Hynes replacing him in the starting side.

Dale Finucane (calf) has been named on the bench to play his first game of the year.

Trent Loiero and Ryley Jacks have replaced Chris Lewis and Brenko Lee in the reserves.

Melbourne Storm Predicted Line Up

1. Nicho 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. Christian Welch
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Kenny Bromwich
13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 


14. Harry Grant
15. Tui Kamikamica
16. Tom Eisenhuth
17. Dale Finucane


18. Dean Ieremia
19. Ryley Jacks
20. Trent Loiero
21. Aaron Pene

New Zealand Warriors Form

New Zealand started their season with a 19-6 win against Gold Coast Titans. 

The Warriors then lost 20-16 against Newcastle after conceding a late try, bouncing back with an upset 34-31 win in Canberra.

Nathan Brown’s side  lost their next two games, 32-12 against Sydney Roosters and 13-12 against Manly. 

New Zealand Warriors beat St George Illawarra 20-14 last week. They completed 98% (40/41) of their sets and committed just four errors.

New Zealand Warriors Injuries & Team News

Peta Hiku (shoulder), Adam Pompey (knee) and Paul Turner (shoulder) all ruled out. Ken Maumalo (glute) is in doubt but has been named.

Teenagers Reece Walsh and Rocco Berry could have been included as reserves.

Marcelo Montoya and Jack Murchie have been named in the centres with David Fusitu'a returning on the wing.

Bayley Sironen (shoulder) has been named on the bench with Josh Curran holding his spot in the second row. 

New recruit Reece Walsh has been named in the reserves.

New Zealand Warriors Line Up

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. David Fusitu'a
3. Marcelo Montoya
4. Jack Murchie
5. Ken Maumalo
6. Kodi Nikorima
7. Sean O'Sullivan
8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
9. Wayde Egan
10. Kane Evans
11. Josh Curran
12. Ben Murdoch-Masila
13. Tohu Harris


14. Jazz Tevaga
15. Bunty Afoa
16. Leeson Ah Mau
17. Bayley Sironen


18. Rocco Berry
20. Tom Ale
21. Reece Walsh
22. Taniela Otukolo


New Zealand completed 40/41 sets last week. If the Warriors continue to hold onto the ball, they can keep this closer than many expect and cash in with the +16.5 point start in Melbourne.

Best Bet: Warriors +16.5 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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