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NRL ROUND 5

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS VS MELBOURNE STORM

SATURDAY APRIL 10, 5.30 PM, STADIUM AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY

The Saturday sandwich game takes us back to Stadium Australia, which is getting a lot of games, while other grounds get maintenance and refurbishments, to see if the Dogs can produce a miracle and outplay the Storm.  Melbourne are in their usual strong form after a pair of games that saw them lose, but they bounced back, belting Brisbane and drawing their record to 2-2.  Canterbury have had a poor start to 2021, and are winless, with their latest loss coming against Souths on Good Friday, when they were not close to troubling the scorer and Souths were running in tries for fun.  Wind could play a factor in this game, as a strong easterly breeze continues into the evening, but otherwise good conditions are on hand in Sydney for a game, that could get ugly for the blue and whites.

Lachlan Lewis is sidelined again due to concussion, which means the Dogs recall Averillo who is recovered from an ankle issue to the halves, while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak comes back from suspension at fullback.  Jackson and Thompson do boost the Canterbury forwards as they both return from suspension and start, which forces Atoni and Napa back to the bench, while Allen and Cotric switch positions, putting Cotric in his stronger wing position.  There is a chance that Origin hero Grant plays for the first time in 2021, while his compatriot Brenko Lee could also be a late inclusion, forcing some reshuffling in the backline for Bellamy and Melbourne.  Kaufusi is back from his forced holiday, replacing Eisenhuth who drops to the bench, while Asofa-Solomona starts and Kamikamica plays from the bench, as was the case last week.

Melbourne spanked the Dogs in 2020, round 13, to the tune of 41-10, scoring 7 tries to 2, with the Fox, Addo-Carr bagging a double, as well as Kenny Bromwich, at the Sunshine Coast.  The last game in Sydney, was at Belmore, when the Storm won 28-6, the Dogs have not won against Melbourne in Sydney since 2013, when they produced a stunning 39-0 demolition.  Melbourne are $1.03 favourites here, with a -28.5 handicap mark, while the Dogs are long odds at $12 and it would take a miracle for them to win here.

PREDICTION: Melbourne by at least 24.

BETTING TIP: $2.80 for Addo-Carr to score two tries makes sense.

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