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NRL: Storm suffer Munster blow ahead of Sea Eagles clash

Melbourne Storm will be without star playmaker Cameron Munster when they make the trip to 4 Pines Park to face the Manly Sea Eagles on Friday night.

The Storm confirmed at the start of the week that Munster is set to be sidelined for up to 10 weeks with a recurrence of a groin injury, meaning Melbourne will have to do without the halfback for Friday.

With Jahrome Hughes a doubt due to a calf injury that has seen him miss out on the last two games, head coach Craig Bellamy has some selection decisions to make ahead of the trip to Brookvale.

. What: Manly Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm
. Where: 4 Pines Park, Sydney
. When: 20:00 (AEST), Friday 24th May 2024
. How to watch: Channel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
. Odds: Manly Sea Eagles 2.20, Melbourne Storm 1.68

Sea Eagles looking to stop the rot

Currently on a three-game losing streak, Manly head back to the home comforts of 4 Pines Park looking to get back in the saddle.

Losses to the Canberra Raiders, Dolphins and Brisbane Broncos have left the Sea Eagles in 10th place on the ladder, with five wins from their first 11 games of the NRL campaign.

While the three-game losing streak looks bad on paper, they have all been narrow defeats, with the total losing margin equating to just seven points.

Against a Storm side that will be without Munster and could be missing Hughes, the hosts are 2.20 to come out on top on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Sea Eagles centre Reuben Garrick has scored five tries in his past four games and is currently 3.50 to add another try to his tally for the season against Melbourne.

Storm ready for tough trip

With the Sea Eagles winning three of their four games at 4 Pines Park this season, the Storm will be heading to Brookvale knowing they can take nothing for granted.

Sitting up in second place on the ladder heading into this week’s NRL games, it has been a strong start from Melbourne, as they go in search of their first title since 2020.

The Storm will also know they have lost on their last two visits to 4 Pines Park but their recent away form in the NRL has been positive.

Winning their last three games away from Melbourne, the Storm are favourites at 1.68 to claim a win which can take them level on points with the Cronulla Sharks at the top of the ladder.

Friday night will be a landmark game for Storm prop Tui Kamikamica, who will make his 100th NRL appearance.

The forward is available at 7.50 to cap off the occasion by scoring a try anytime against the Sea Eagles on the night.

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