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NRL: Storm seek response against Broncos

After a humbling defeat at the hands of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Melbourne Storm will be looking for a response on Thursday night when they host the Brisbane Broncos.

Melbourne were bested 28-12 by the Bunnies but head back to AAMI Park looking to bounce back against a Brisbane side that are leading the way in the NRL table after 10 games. 

Storm seek consistency

WhatMelbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos
WhereAAMI Park, Melbourne
When19:50 (AEST), Thursday 11th May
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsMelbourne Storm 1.65, Brisbane Broncos 2.25

It has already been a season of ups and downs for Melbourne Storm, who have been ruthless one week and vulnerable the next. 

The defeat to the Rabbitohs will not have gone down well with head coach Craig Bellamy but he has given his players the opportunity to put things right after naming the same 17-man squad that lost to South Sydney in the Magic Round. 

George Jennings and Alec MacDonald remain sidelined for the encounter as they continue to recover from hamstring and elbow injuries respectively.

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Broncos look the team to beat 

Sitting pretty at the top of the table, the Broncos have been impressive this season and look like serious contenders for the title once again. 

Their title credentials will certainly be put to the test as they look to avoid a backlash against a Storm side that do have a good recent record in this fixture. 

Melbourne have scored 92 points against Brisbane in the last two meetings between these sides, with the most recent result ending in a 60-12 win for the Storm back in August. 

That’s why Brisbane are underdogs in the result market and can be backed at 2.25 to claim the victory at AAMI Park.  

As for Broncos team news, Kurt Capewell suffered a head knock last time out in a 32-6 win over Manly Sea Eagles but has still been named in the squad to face Melbourne. 

With winger Corey Oates still sidelined for at least another week with a knee injury, head coach Kevin Walters has also named the same 17 from his previous game.

Coates and Cobbo ones to watch 

Looking at the Tryscorers market there are two standout names to look out for heading into Thursday’s intriguing showdown in Melbourne. 

Selwyn Cobbo has enjoyed a strong start to the season, and with eight tries in 10 appearances, he’s 2.05 to score Anytime for the hosts on Thursday.  

In terms of attacking threats for the visitors, Xavier Coates has four tries to his name this season and is the shortest price in the Anytime market at 1.83 to go over form Storm.  

It really does look set to be a titanic tussle for this one, with Brisbane looking to prove their title credentials and Melbourne determined to show they deserve to be much higher than sixth place in the NRL ladder.

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