Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels will kick off the 2023 season on Thursday night, with the two competition heavyweights hoping to grab a crucial two points.
After making the grand final last year, the Eels will be forced into a plethora of changes following the departures of Isaiah Papali’i and Reed Mahoney.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy will also be without some big names from last season, with the likes of Jesse Bromwich and Brandon Smith moving clubs, while star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen remains sidelined with a knee injury.
The match between the Eels and Storm will begin at 8 pm AEDT from CommBank Stadium in Sydney. Here’s everything you need to know about the Eels vs Storm Round 1 clash.
How to Watch Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Today?
- Match Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Venue: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta
- Time: 8 pm AEDT
- TV Channel: FOX, Nine, Kayo Sports
- Last time they met: Eels 22–24 Storm (Rd 25, 2022)
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Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm Round 1 team lists
|EELS TEAM LIST||STORM TEAM LIST|
|Clint Gutherson||Nick Meaney|
|Maika Sivo||Will Warbrick|
|Will Penisini||Reimis Smith|
|Waqa Blake||Young Tonumaipea|
|Isaac Lumelume||Xavier Coates|
|Dylan Brown||Cameron Munster|
|Mitchell Moses||Jahrome Hughes|
|Reagan Campbell-Gillard||Nelson Asofa-Solomona|
|Josh Hodgson||Harry Grant|
|Junior Paulo||Christian Welch|
|Bryce Cartwright||Trent Loiero|
|Matt Doorey||Eliesa Katoa|
|J’maine Hopgood||Josh King|
|Jirah Momoisea||Tyran Wishart|
|Jack Murchie||Alec MacDonald|
|Wiremu Greig||Chris Lewis|
|Makahesi Makatoa||Jordan Grant|
Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels Prediction
Parramatta Eels and Melbourne Storm will get the new NRL season underway as the pair do battle at CommBank Stadium. The Eels fell at the final hurdle last year as they succumbed to defeat in the Grand Final against Penrith Panthers while the Storm failed to make it beyond the first week of the finals. Both will be looking to compete for a spot in the top four this season but the Storm’s injury list to begin the campaign looks to be significant and the Eels can prevail on home soil.
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