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NRL: Storm and Sea Eagles look to the stars

Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles will both be hoping their Origin stars are fit and available when they clash at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Taking place just three days after the second State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales, it leaves just three days of rest and recovery for the top players from the Storm and Sea Eagles.

WhatMelbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles
WhereAAMI Park, Melbourne
When19:35 (AEST), Saturday 24th July 2023
How to watchKayo & Foxtel
OddsMelbourne Storm 1.27,  Manly Sea Eagles 3.85

Storm on the up

After victory over Wests Tigers last time out, Melbourne Storm find themselves in third place in the NRL standings and looking in good shape at this stage of the campaign.

The Storm showed the strength in depth in their roster at Campbelltown Stadium as the likes of Jonah Pezet, Jahrome Hughes and George Jennings impressed in the backline to overcome the Tigers.

Looking ahead to this weekend, Queensland representatives Cameron Munster, Xavier Coates and Harry Grant have all been named in the backs and Melbourne will be hoping all three come through the clash with NSW on Wednesday night unscathed.

Sea Eagles with work to do

After defeat to the Parramatta Eels last time out, Manly Sea Eagles dropped down from eighth to 12th place in the NRL standings.

With one point separating teams from 12th to eighth, there are a number of teams battling in mid-table and desperately seeking the consistency needed to climb the ladder.

As for Sea Eagles team news, star fullback Tom Trbojevic could be set for a rest in this fixture after being named in the reserves for the trip to Melbourne.

However, skipper Daly Cherry-Evans is a planned starter for Saturday night, provided he gets through Origin II without any injuries.

Sea Eagles could get caught in the Storm

Melbourne have made AAMI Park a tough place for opposition sides to go to these days, with the Storm winning all of their last five home games.

While the Sea Eagles did beat Melbourne earlier this season, Manly have not defeated the Storm twice in one campaign since back in 2015.

Plenty will depend on which players have come through Origin II unscathed but the hosts should have enough strength in depth to come out on top in this one.

Manly’s form on the road hardly jumps off the page, with the Sea Eagles winning two of their six away games so far this season.

In contrast to Manly’s fortunes on their travels, the Storm have managed to win five of their seven home outings this term.

With that in mind, looking at the Line market for this one is worth considering.

Melbourne are available at 1.91 to come out on top with -11.5 at AAMI Park this weekend. 

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