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NRL: Dolphins out to weather the Storm

The Dolphins and Melbourne Storm go head-to-head on Saturday night and there is nothing to separate the two sides on the NRL ladder.

The Dolphins have been a revelation in their debut NRL campaign, while it could be argued that the Storm have yet to find their form after losing some big names in the off-season.

Three of them headed to the Dolphins, just to add more intrigue to the clash.

Heading into week 12 of the season, both sides are locked on 14 points, with the Storm sitting in fifth place on the ladder, while the Dolphins are sixth.

They are also just two points behind South Sydney Rabbitohs and Brisbane Broncos, who sit joint-top of the ladder.

Indeed, just four points separate top spot and the Sydney Roosters down in 10th.

It makes Saturday night’s clash even more important and we should be in for an exciting, closely-fought battle.

Two of the best coaches in the history of the game, Wayne Bennett and Craig Bellamy, going head-to-head adds even more spice to the game.

WhatDolphins v Melbourne Storm
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When19:35 (AEST), Saturday 20th May 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsDolphins 2.75, Melbourne Storm 1.45

All eyes on Storm old boys

The Dolphins have completely exceeded all expectations so far in 2023 as they sit sixth on the ladder with six wins from their 10 games so far.

If they carry on in the same fashion then they are in with a great shout of finishing in the top eight and playing finals.

The Dolphins are priced at 2.00 to go on and make the top eight.

Wayne Bennett’s side head into the game in good touch after winning two of the last three games. The defeat was by just one point to Canberra Raiders and there is no shame in that considering the form the green machine are in right now.

They also smashed the Sharks by 20 points in the Magic Round so confidence should be sky high going into the clash.

All eyes will also be on the three Storm players that joined the Dolphins ahead of their inaugural campaign.

It could be argued that the Storm have severely missed Felise Kaufusi and the Bromwich brothers Jesse and Kenny, and the trio will be out to put on a show.

The Dolphins have been boosted as Jesse Bromwich is fit to play following a hamstring injury, while Brenko Lee also returns.

Winger Tesi Niu will need keeping an eye on as he has scored four tries in his last three games and is priced at 2.45 to score at anytime on Saturday.

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Bellamy pens new deal

Melbourne Storm head into the game on a high following the news that master-coach Craig Bellamy will carry on his role into 2024.

Bellamy had hinted that this year would be his last, but he has done a U-turn, much to the delight of everyone connected to the club.

Not only that, they bounced back from a very disappointing defeat against the Rabbitohs to beat the Broncos 24-16 last weekend.

It is fair to say they have had an up-and-down season so far, but after a very positive week they will be hoping they can kick on with another two points against the Dolphins.

Some suggest they are not quite good enough to win the grand final this year, but they still have Bellamy, a roster packed with quality and are priced at 8.00 to prove the doubters wrong by going all the way.

Will Warbrick is the man of the moment for the Storm, starring in the win over the Broncos and he has scored five tries in his past six games.

Warbrick is 2.30 to score at anytime on Saturday, while he is 9.50 to register the first try of the game.

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