The NRL is back for what should be another incredibly close season and it’s a huge clash to open proceedings, with the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos to clash in the Victorian capital.
Coming off a grand final loss, the Storm bring a changed spine into the new season.
The Victorian club have been one of the more successful teams since they were formally admitted to the NRL, but they’re starting to move into a new era following the departures of Cooper Cronk (Roosters) and Billy Slater (retirement) in consecutive seasons.
While they have talented youngsters in the spine, they are exactly that, rather than experienced veterans with a track record of getting the job done.
Speaking of youngsters, the Broncos have them in spades, particularly in the form of a youthful forward pack.
Brisbane were involved in the messy coaching saga at the beginning of the off-season, which ultimately ended up in them losing Wayne Bennett and gaining Anthony Seibold.
They’ll be looking to take big strides forward on their efforts last year, which saw them finish sixth before being eliminated by the St George Illawarra Dragons in the first week of the finals.
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