How to watch Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks NRL live and match preview
The Storm will be hoping to consolidate their top-4 spot when they take on the Sharks this weekend.
Storm vs Sharks is a match-up of sides heading in opposite directions. The Sharks have lost three straight, including a last-start defeat to previously winless Canterbury. Over the next three weeks they face top sides the Storm, Panthers and Rabbitohs so it could get a fair bit worse before it starts to improve for Cronulla.
On the flip side, the Storm (5-2 record) are building nicely in their premiership defence. They will want to bank as many wins as possible before their team is decimated by State of Origin duties. The Victorian side has been scoring a mountain of points during its current four-game winning run.
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks kick-off time
The Sharks travel to the Storm’s AAMI Park fortress in Melbourne for this Friday night clash on 30 April starting at 6pm AEST. You can check out the full NRL draw here.
How to watch Storm vs Sharks live and free
If you want to tune in to this clash, you have three options: Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. There is no free-to-air coverage at all. Of that trio Kayo offers the best value as it’s the only way to get Fox Sports without Foxtel.
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Live stream Melbourne vs Cronulla on Kayo Sports
If you are a Cronulla fan, you will want to strongly consider signing up to Kayo Sports if you want to watch your team in action. Only one of the Sharks' next five matches is on free-to-air TV. The rest are all exclusive to Fox League.
Kayo has a bunch of impressive features like a Key Moments Timeline, Kayo Minis and Interactive Stats. You can also watch live or from the start, whichever suits.
You can see our full Kayo review for more information. It is available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, Telstra TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and select smart TVs.
Storm vs Sharks match preview
The big talking point for this match is the return of former Storm player Will Chambers, who has been named in the centres for Cronulla. The out-of-form Josh Dugan has been axed. That has paved the way for 32-year-old Chambers to play his first NRL match in 18 months for a team he used to openly hate. Forwards Wade Graham (concussion) and Aiden Tolman (suspension) return for the Sharks.
The Storm’s premiership defence is looking promising. They top the NRL stats in several key areas. Craig Bellamy’s men have scored the most points (202), top the possession count (55%), have the most line breaks (45) and are the competition's best in line break assists (31). It all boils down to a comprehensive Storm victory.
Melbourne Storm vs Cronulla Sharks team lists
Storm team: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Reimis Smith 3. Tom Eisenhuth 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Tui Kamikamica 14. Harry Grant 15. Dale Finucane 16. Chris Lewis 17. Ryley Jacks 18. Aaron Pene 19. Dean Ieremia
Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Will Chambers 14. Teig Wilton 5. Connor Tracey 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 19. Billy Magoulias 20. Franklin Pele 21. Josh Dugan
Cronulla centre Jesse Ramien was cut from the squad 24 hours before kick-off due to an injury. Despite Josh Hannay naming Teig Wilton to move from the interchange into the centres it's largely expected Josh Dugan will be recalled.
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