Melbourne Storm will be looking to remain at the top of the NRL when Round 19 rolls around this weekend.
Craig Bellamy’s Storm are currently leading the way in the NRL and are two points clear at the top of the ladder and they know that a win over struggling Canberra Raiders will keep them there no matter waht happens else where.
The Raiders are in 14th with just five victories all season, while the Storm have picked up 13 from their 16 matches and they are to lock horns on Sunday.
On paper this game is nothing but a comfortable win for Melbourne with the likes of Billy Slater, Dane Nielsen, Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith firing on all cylinders, but nothing can be taken for granted in the NRL and with the Green Machine expecting Josh Dugan back from injury anything can happen.
The NRL Round 19 kicks off on Friday night with New Zealand Warriors hosting Canterbury Bulldogs, while the Brisbane Broncos welcome local rivals Gold Coast Titans.
The Warriors are in seventh place on the ladder and they ended a four-match losing streak last weekend when they defeated the Titans, while the Bulldogs need the win to boost their chances of reaching the end of season play-offs.
Brisbane are still hanging in there in the top four and they know a win over rock bottom Gold Coast will start to put pressure on the teams above them, while the Titans cannot buy a win at the moment although anything can happen in a local derby and it normally does when these two collide.
There are three more matches on Saturday with two struggling sides meeting in South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters – the Bunnies could move a step closer top the play-offs with a win, although it looks like the Roosters have blown any real chance of making the eight.
The other two matches see North Queensland Cowboys face Wests Tigers at home, while Penrith Panthers welcome the Parramatta Eels.
The Raiders host the Storm on Sunday with second placed Manly Sea Eagles travelling to the Ausgrid Stadium to do battle with the Newcastle Knights.
Round 19 comes to an end on Monday with reigning Premiers St George Illawarra taking on their fierce rivals Cronulla Sharks at Jubilee Oval – The Sharks came out on top in the reverse fixture at the start of the season so Wayne Bennett’s Dragons will be all out for revenge.
NRL Round 19 Bet Live Streaming Schedule:
Friday July 15
New Zealand Warriors v Canterbury Bulldogs – 0830 GMT
Brisbane Broncos v Gold Coast Titans – 1035
Saturday July 16
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters – 0830
North Queensland Cowboys v Wests Tigers – 1030
Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels – 1030
Sunday July 17
Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm - 0500
Newcastle Knights v Manly Sea Eagles - 0600
Monday July 18
St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks - 1000
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