NRL Live Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm National Rugby League Round 11 match will be kick off at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, Monday 23 May 2016 online, Time 19.00 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
Round 11 finishes with a cracking matchup between Parramatta and Melbourne, two of the top defensive teams in the premiership. The Eels have no choice but to win to keep their flickering finals hopes alive while the Storm continue to slip under the radar despite being entrenched in the Top 4.
Parramatta are unchanged but there is a big chance Kieran Foran makes his return this week. Melbourne have lost Ben Hampton with Tohu Harris moving to the centres, Kenny Bromwich starting in the backrow and Christian Welch Nichol coming onto the bench.
Melbourne have won 18 of 30 matches against Parramatta and have unsurprisingly had the best of it in recent years with 5 wins in their last 7 outings. The teams split the series last year with the Storm winning 28-10 in Parramatta before the Eels won 26-22 in Melbourne. Melbourne have averaged 40 points in their last four against the Eels. The teams are dead even at seven apiece in the 14 matches played at Parramatta Stadium. Semi Radradra has four tries in four matches against the Storm. Eels coach Brad Arthur is a former Storm assistant.
Parramatta sit 6th on the ladder – for now – with a 6-4 record and a +43 differential. Their attack is an awful 12th but defensively they rank 4th in the NRL. They are set to be punted to last on the ladder though due to salary cap breaches. The Eels have dropped two of their last three conceding more than 22 in both after not allowing that number in the opening seven rounds. The Eels have surpassed 22 points just once this year. They are 3-3 against Top 8 teams. Melbourne are second on the ladder with an 8-2 record while their +99 differential is fourth in the NRL. The Storm rank 5th in attack while defensively they are the second best team in the NRL. The Storm enter this off their most impressive win of the season – a 15-14 victory at Suncorp over North Queensland – while they have won four straight. The Storm have not allowed more than 18 points in any game this year.
Semi Radradra v Marika Korobiete. Two of the most explosive wingers in the NRL, Fijian flyers Semi Radradra and Marika Korobiete will be on the opposite side of the field but will have a huge bearing on this one. In a game that is expected to be a real grind, the winger that can help set up a platform with a big kick return will help out no end. This should be a cracking battle.
Parramatta are 6-4 ATS with an 8-2 under record while Melbourne are 5-5 ATS with a 7-3 under number. The Eels are 19-12 ATS since 2013 at Parramatta Stadium while the under has saluted in 4 of 5 at the venue this year. Parramatta have covered just 1 of their last 7 as a favourite at Parra Stadium. The Storm have gone under in 14 of their last 17 games when they are an outsider while they are 16-12 ATS as an underdog since 2013. Melbourne have gone under in 11 of their last 14 interstate games. The under is 7-2 on Monday night games this year and 36-22 since 2014. Road underdogs off four straight wins cover at just 43% since 2008.
The under in this clash is the best total of the week and close to the best bet of the week. These are two excellent defensive teams and they build their success on defence. Melbourne’s defence against a poor Eels defence should ensure Parramatta don’t score many while the Eels – of their heads are right – should keep Melbourne from running up a score. Monday games are under games this year, the Storm are under-skewing as a dog and the Eels are under full stop.
Parramatta Eels: 1 Michael Gordon 2 Semi Radradra 3 Michael Jennings 4 Vai Afu Toutai 5 Clinton Gutherson 6 Bradley Takairangi 7 Corey Norman 8 Junior Paulo 9 Isaac De Gois 10 Danny Wicks 11 Manu Ma’u 12 Beau Scott 13 Tepai Moeroa
Interchange: 14 Kaysa Pritchard 15 Peni Terepo 16 David Gower 17 Kenneth Edwards
Melbourne Storm: 1 Cameron Munster 2 Suliasi Vunivalu 3 Cheyse Blair 4 Tohu Harris 5 Marika Koroibete 6 Blake Green 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith 10 Jordan McLean 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Kenneth Bromwich 13 Dale Finucane
Interchange: 14 Nelson Asofa-Solomona 15 Tim Glasby 16 Christian Welch 17 Felise Kaufusi