How to watch Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors NRL live and match preview
The loss of Ryan Papenhuyzen is a massive blow for the Storm as they prepare to take on the Warriors on Anzac Day.
SUMMARY: Storm vs Warriors is exclusive to Fox League. So unless you already subscribe to Foxtel, your best option is to watch live on Kayo Sports. Watch for free using this 14-day trial.
Outside of the top eight after three rounds, the Storm are now unsurprisingly already in the top four. Opponents should be scared given they've yet to be at 100% all year. If hooker Harry Grant plays like he did last week then Storm vs Warriors is sure to be an entertaining affair.
The Warriors phenomenally completed 98% of their sets against the Dragons in last week's win. Given that they still only won by six points, coach Nathan Brown is going to need to get creative for them to have a chance of beating Melbourne.
Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors kick-off time
This annual Anzac Day clash kicks off at 6:15pm AEST at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Sunday 25 April.
How to watch Storm vs Warriors live and free
As with all the matches on Super Saturday, this clash is not on free-to-air TV. You will need a subscription. You can see our guide to each team's matches on Channel 9 here.
Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are all options for catching this all-Sydney showdown. We don't think either of the Foxtel options stack up with Kayo, which is cheaper, has a longer free trial and is more readily accessible.
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Storm fans don't have it so bad. The Melbourne-based outfit are one of the most featured teams on Channel 9 each year, but neither this clash or next week's is on free-to-air. It's the opposite for the Warriors who are consistently the least showcased side.
That's why you should try Kayo's 14-day free trial. After that, Kayo is $25 a month to watch on two screens or $35 a month for a third screen. Kayo has every NRL game live and ad-free.
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Storm vs Warriors match preview
It's fair to say Papenhuyzen is even more important to the Storm than Latrell Mitchell is for the Rabbitohs. Papenhuyzen will be missing this Sunday due to a shoulder injury. Nicho Hynes replaces Papenhuyzen in the number one jersey.
The raw stats show just how much the Storm will miss Papenhuyzen. The 22-year-old is a sharp-shooting goal-kicker who leads the NRL points tally with 80. That's 22 points ahead of the next best Zac Lomax and Adam Reynolds. He has the second most tries (8) behind Brett Morris (11).
He leads the goal-scoring tally with 24 ahead of Lomax (23). He is also second for line breaks (8) behind Morris (9). And he sits third in the support play category with 53 behind Jake Trbojevic and Clint Gutherson (both 66). On the bright side, co-captain Dale Finucane returns from a calf injury to play his first match of the season.
With all that in mind, it's tempting to tip the Warriors but they've never been that good at backing up from impressive performances. Yes, it was a worthy achievement stopping the Dragons' four-match winning streak last weekend. But now they face the Storm at their Melbourne fortress. They also don't have the best Anzac Day record against Melbourne.
The Warriors have their own injury problems, with backs Peta Hiku (shoulder) and Adam Pompey (ankle) sidelined. Winger David Fusitu'a returns from a hamstring injury while Bayley Sironen (shoulder) makes his comeback via the bench.
The question mark around the Warriors is their ability to score points. They have crossed the white stripe just 19 times this season compared to the Storm's 27.
Hookers Harry Grant and Brandon Smith have been running riot in attack for the Storm, who also boast classy halves Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes. Storm to win by 10 points on the back of dominating the ruck.
Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors team lists
Storm team: 1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 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. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Dale Finucane 18. Dean Ieremia 19. Ryley Jacks 20. Trent Loiero 21. Aaron Pene
Warriors team: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu'a 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Jack Murchie 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O'Sullivan 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Josh Curran 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Rocco Berry 20. Tom Ale 21. Reece Walsh 22. Taniela Otukolo
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