The Melbourne Storm have been one of the more consistent sides in the NRL for a decade now, and are looking to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet in 2018.
Last season was one to remember for the Storm, with the Minor Premiership, a dominant Grand Final win and a successful comeback of Billy Slater. Now they are priming for back-to-back titles, and you can enjoy all the action on a standard or HD TV, or stream it live to an eligible mobile device with a Free trial.
Melbourne Storm 2018 Preview
The Melbourne Storm were formed in 1997 to join the Super League, which at the time was the rival of the ARL, but the two combined to make it the NRL in 1998 and Melbourne joined the competition. In a remarkable testament to the running of the club, they have only missed the finals series three times since their inaugural season, with one of those years coming in 2010, which erupted and went terribly due to the club being found guilty of rorting the salary cap, which saw the club stripped of their 2007 and 2009 premierships, but they bounced back to win the 2012 and 2017 Grand Finals against the Canterbury Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys respectively.
The first box for Craig Bellamy and the Storm to tick in 2018 was the World Club Challenge, where they played host to Super League Champions, the Leeds Rhinos. It was all Melbourne, as the Storm trampled Leeds 38-4, showing the skeptics that there is indeed life after Cooper Cronk. Bailey Croft has taken the number seven jersey and is looking to make it his own, but he does have strong support with Billy Slater and Cameron Smith near him to guide him along. The next box the Storm looked to tick was the 2018 NRL Testimonial game, where they met the North Queensland Cowboys in a rematch of last year’s one-sided Grand Final, but this time they came up on the short end, which should provide extra incentive for Melbourne as they prepare to defend their title, which includes another shot at the Cowboys in round three.
NRL Storm LIVE TV – Grand Final (Sydney Time)
Sun Sept 30 LIVE: Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm at 7.20pm (Nine)
Sun Sept 30 replay: Roosters vs Storm at 11.00pm (Fox League)
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. The Melbourne Storm on Free to Air (channel 9) does not offer full Melb Storm TV replays and is limited by the new NRL broadcasting agreement.
NRL Live Streaming and a Free Trial
If you enjoy Rugby League action then the Fox League channel is the place for you, televising all NRL teams Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play, while providing full match replays not available on Free to Air TV and 24/7 news, scores and replay coverage.
So you may wish to review the Foxtel Now Free live TV trial, which will telecast every match of the 2018 NRL Premiership (grand final excluded) online*, as well as offering Live Melbourne Storm streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app.
NRL 2018 Free to Air and Foxtel TV Fixtures
Thursday Night: Ch. 9/Foxtel
Friday Evening: Foxtel
Friday Night: Ch. 9/Foxtel
Saturday Afternoon: Foxtel
Saturday Evening: Foxtel
Saturday Night: Foxtel
Sunday Game 1: Foxtel
Sunday Game 2: Ch. 9/Foxtel
Melbourne Storm Players To Watch
The obvious starting point is the captain Cameron Smith, who will go down as the greatest hooker in the history of the game and one of the all-time greats. He has been a champion for Melbourne, the Queensland Maroons and Australia, and has committed to starting and finishing his career under the one club. He is playing as well as ever, as we saw during the Club World Cup when he led Australia to a superb and gritty win over England at Suncorp Stadium, and you can stream NRL Storm live from a mobile device.
Jesse Bromwich is one of the best props in the business given his agility and he can play 80 minutes, which is such a huge advantage given the reduced interchange. He has gradually got better and better each year and is a big key for Melbourne as well as New Zealand, His running metres are absolutely vital to allow Bailey Croft and co to weave their magic, so his importance shouldn’t be underestimated. Expect a big 2018 from Bromwich as he looks to lead the Storm and Kiwis.
It’ll be very interesting to see how Sam Kasiano performs. At the Bulldogs, he was a big nugget, weighing in at 130kg+. Now Craig Bellamy has stripped him down to around 110kg, and from all reports, he has been an absolute star in the pre-season and the player that most at the club are looking forward. For his size, his ball skills are amazing and it’s like he is a halfback trapped in a forward’s body.