Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans NRL: Start time and how to watch
Melbourne Storm and the Titans meet on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday due to the Victorian lockdown.
Melbourne will be aiming to make it 10 wins in a row when they host the Titans this Saturday night. The NRL's number one scoring team was quick to announce the decision to move the game away from AAMI Park after Victoria went into lockdown due to another COVID-19 outbreak.
Gold Coast's topsy-turvy season continued with a 38-10 thumping from Cronulla in Coffs Harbour last weekend. It would have looked even worse had it not been for a consolation try in the 77th minute.
While both squads will be hit by State of Origin commitments, the Storm look better placed to cover their personnel changes.
When is Storm vs Titans?
Kick-off is at 7:35pm AEST on Saturday 5 June. You can see our full 2021 NRL season draw here.
How to watch Storm vs Titans
In a split round 13, 8 teams have a bye this week. All the games in this round bar Storm vs Titans are on free-to-air. Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your only options for watching this match-up.
Considering its price, free trial and accessibility, we think Kayo is the way to go. You can see further details in our comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel.
Stream Storm vs Titans on Kayo Sports
Including this match, four of Melbourne's next five matches won't be shown on free-to-air TV. They will only be shown on subscription TV. It's even worse for the Titans, who have just one of their next seven games on Channel 9.
That means fans of either team should strongly consider signing up to Kayo to ensure you get every game of every round live or on demand. On Saturday night, Kayo also has live AFL, A-League and qualifying from both Formula 1 and MotoGP. All up the platform has more than 50 sports for you to choose from.
New customers to Kayo get a 14-day free trial to test it all out. After that, Kayo costs $25 a month and you can watch the action on two screens or devices at once. There is also a premium option for $35 a month which gives you an extra screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review.
Unlike other broadcasters, Kayo has a wide range of special features. They include SplitView, which lets you watch four sports at once on the same screen. Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and choose your own camera are also options.
Kayo is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
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Storm vs Titans team lists
Storm team: 1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Dean Ieremia 6. Cooper Johns 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Tom Eisenhuth 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aaron Booth 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene 18. Jordan Grant 19. Isaac Lumelume 20. Trent Loiero 21. Ryley Jacks
Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Sam Stone 13. Sam McIntyre 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Erin Clark 16. Jai Whitbread 17. Joseph Vuna 18. Tanah Boyd 19. Esan Marsters 20. Greg Marzhew 21. Darius Farmer
Storm vs Titans match preview
Once again, the Storm are right where you'd expect them to be – up to their necks in the premiership race. They've not lost since going down to ladder-leaders the Panthers by two points in round three and dominate the stats in most of the important areas.
They'll be missing leading try scorer Josh Addo-Carr due to Origin but there's plenty of firepower in his wake. The Storm lead the NRL for points scored (410), tries (75) and line breaks (88). They are second to the Panthers for goals (55) and time in possession (54%) and, well, you can just keep going.
They concede an average of just 12 points a game compared to the Titans' 27. The Titans have also enjoyed just 4 wins over the Storm in their history, the most recent in May 2017. The last time these teams met, the Storm ran in 7 tries to 1 in a 42-6 romp at this very stadium in July last year.
It may be closer this time, but expect the result to be the same.
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