MELBOURNE STORM VS NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights Live, How to watch Storm vs Knights Live Stream, odds, Team News, What TV Channel, live update, Game Time and more info.When: 18:00 | Friday 02/06/2017, Where: AAMI Park Watch: Fox League – Live coverage from 6.00pm AEST.

Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights Live

The Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights resume their respective Telstra Premiership campaigns after both sides enjoyed much-needed byes last round – albeit for very different reasons.The last-placed Knights won their second match of the season in Round 10 followed by a deflating 30-20 loss to the Penrith Panthers in which they relinquished a 14-0 halftime lead.

With several key members of the Storm serving Origin duties, the side was afforded a week off after a challenging early-season schedule, revelling in a triumphant 9-2 record atop the ladder.

The Knights have a weaker team across the park, so they’ll be wearing the underdogs tag again in this fixture.  One thing you can expect from the Knights is that they will be workman-like in the way they go about their business.  With players like the Saifiti brothers, Starling, Yates and Barnett you are going to get no frills football, but that could be exactly their way to victory.

If the Knights are able to stay in the contest long enough, they have the potency to score points (Gagai, Ross and the silky skills of young Brock Lamb).  Staying in the contest will be the battle, but with the potential absence of Smith (who at the very least will not be 100%), the Knights will have a golden opportunity to spring an upset.  This seems an obvious statement, but Smith being away gives the Knights certain advantages, such as a reduction in the Storm’s defensive line-speed – which may enable the Knights to steal an extra metre or two every ruck; an advantage not to be sneezed at.  If the Knights can also wrestle dominance around the ruck while defending and provide marker pressure, it will go a long way to nullifying whichever Smith lines up (an injured Cameron or an inexperienced Brandon).

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