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NRL: Storm and Sharks to make Sunday super

There is just the one NRL game on Sunday afternoon, but it is a big one as Melbourne Storm entertain Cronulla Sharks.

The Storm and Sharks have made identical starts this season and are locked on 18 points after winning seven and losing five of their opening 12 games. 

Both sides will have their eyes set on winning the NRL grand final in 2023, but they have been far too inconsistent so far, and the jury is still out. 

One thing is certain, these two teams are stacked with quality players and we should be in for a close, exciting game at AAMI Park. 

Depending on how the other results go, there is a chance one of these sides could move joint-top of the ladder. That is how tight the NRL is and there is plenty on the line.

WhatMelbourne Storm v Cronulla Sharks 
WhereAAMI Park, Melbourne
When16:05 (AEST) Sunday 11th June, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsMelbourne Storm 1.58, Cronulla Sharks 2.40

Storm search for consistency 

Melbourne Storm continue to be hit-and-miss during the 2023 campaign. When they are good, they are very good, but they are also guilty of putting in some poor performances. 

That was the case last week, when returning to action after the bye, they conceded 45 points against the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville. 

In their last outing at AAMI Park they beat the high-flying Brisbane Broncos 24-16, while they also beat the Dolphins on their own patch by the same scoreline the week after. 

Craig Bellamy will be hoping that is the kind of Melbourne Storm side that turns up against the Sharks on Sunday. The Storm have had the edge over Cronulla in recent meetings, winning five of the last six. While the Sharks have not won at AAMI Park since way back in 2018. 

However, this is a different Storm side this season and they are still coming to terms with losing some big names during the off-season. 

That is not to say they do not have a side full of quality. They do, and in Xavier Coates they have a winger who has scored 16 tries in his last 14 games at AAMI Park. Coates can be backed at 1.67 to score at Anytime on Saturday. 

The loss of Justin Olam will be a big blow to the Storm after he failed his HIA in the clash against the Cowboys and misses out with a concussion. Grant Anderson comes into the side to replace him.

Hynes has a point to prove 

Sunday’s game is huge for Sharks playmaker Nicho Hynes. First of all he is up against his former club, and secondly, he will be keen to stake a claim for a place in the New South Wales side for State of Origin game two. 

Following the injury to Nathan Cleary, there is a vacant spot in the halves, and Hynes is among the possible candidates to fill it. Hynes has 10 try assists so far this season and will be key to the Sharks' chances of getting the job done. So too will be fullback William Kennedy, who has scored 12 tries in his past 11 games and is priced at 2.60 to score at Anytime on Sunday. 

The Sharks have impressed on the road this season when winning four games away from home, but this would be their biggest scalp yet. They are priced at 7.00 to win by 1-5 points. 

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