Regular Season Winner Melbourne Storm

Rugby league - NRL 2018 - 01 Sep 08:50

Last season Melbourne Storm were regular season winners. The ended the regular season with 44 points, a huge 6 points clear of 2nd place.

Last season they were just head and shoulders above everyone else, nobody could touch them. They went on to eventually win the Grand Final with ease too.

Looking at the fixture list for 2018 I suspect they will be the team to catch during the regular season once again.

They have a favourable start to the season in the lead up to Origin. In the first 10 games they play only 2 top 8 opponents from last season.

I'm very confident that they will go into the State Of Origin in 1st place and potentially with points in hand.

During Origin they will lose some of their best players, however it's the same for most teams.

The Origin period didn't really effect them last season anyway as they have some excellent young players able to step up to the plate.

Looking to the end of the regular season and the Storm will play 3 of their final 4 games at home. They could, maybe even should, be in 1st place prior to those last 4 games. The easy home run in could then see them stretch further clear.

Yes the Storm are without Cooper Cronk, Tohu Harris & Jordan McLean this season. I'm not actually too concerned though.

Young Brodie Croft was bedded in last season, given a few games in place of Cronk. He played very well with Cameron Munster alongside to guide him.

They still have a strong spine with the best full-back in the world Billy Slater, Cameron Munster & Cameron Smith. Brodie Croft will slot in nicely and although he's no Cooper Cronk he's a quality replacement.

So for me the Storm look just as strong as they did last season and, considering they won this by 6 points last season, that bodes well. They also have an easy start to the season, followed by a nice run of home game late on. It's all in place for the Storm to become regular season winner again.

I think they should be favourites at 3/1 - 7/2, at odds of 11/2 I'm happy to go double stakes.
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