Ever since entering the competition, the Melbourne Storm have been a major threat in the NRL. Is 2020 finally the year we see the team from south of the border fall from grace?
Key departures in their squad leaves the Storm lacking a fair bit of experience.
The exciting Ryan Papenhuyzen only has 22 games experience in the top grade to his name and only a handful of them have been as a starting fullback.
Marion Seve and Justin Olam have only 27 games between them in the centres.
All three are still learning the way the Storm wants them to play.
Also in the backs, you have Jahrome Hughes at half back; a very capable player that’s not a natural half back.
A player who is still trying to fill the big shoes of Cooper Cronk.
With all this inexperience in the backs, are the Storm able to generate enough points while also managing a game against good opposition for 80 minutes.
The starting pack is one of the best in the comp.
When they have to be rotated that’s when teams will pounce on the Storm. Brandon Smith is a quality player but when you look at the rest of the bench that’s when you can say they are lacking.
They start losing some go forward and that’s where sides have been able to beat Melbourne over the last couple of seasons.
For Melbourne to continue on this long run of finals success, they need to get the most out of the likes of Tui Kamikamica, Albert Vete, Tom Eisenhuth and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui every time they play.
Unlike other years, the Storm have so much uncertainty around different positions, which is sure to test them throughout the year.
They will be relying heavily on the two Cam’s (Smith & Munster) to have a big impact week in week out along with their starting forward pack.
If sides can limit the impact of Smith and Munster each week and match it with their starting forwards, they might just be able to derail the storms campaign.