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The Storm head to Magic Round coming off one of the best performances by any team this year while the Dragons snapped a three-game losing run against the last-placed Bulldogs.

Winger Josh Addo-Carr made history and stole the headlines with his record-breaking six-try haul against the Bunnies in a 50-0 thrashing in round nine, in part overshadowing what was a wonderful all-round team performance.

Having lost three on the bounce since their impressive round six win against the Eels, the Dragons just needed to win against Canterbury and they were able to do that courtesy of a strong second half.

However it will be a big step up in class against the high-flying Storm, who dominated the only previous iteration of Magic Round with a 64-10 demolition of the Eels in 2019.

The rundown

Team news

Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen returns from a shoulder injury at fullback, with Nicho Hynes moving to five-eighth and Ryley Jacks to the bench. Tyson Smoothy will start at hooker, with Kenny Bromwich shifting to the back row and Tui Kamikamica to come off the interchange.

Chris Lewis dropped out of the side on game day, with Dean Ieremia the 18th man.

Brandon Smith is suspended while Harry Grant (hamstring) and Cam Munster (foot) are both injured.

Aaron Pene and Trent Loiero dropped off the extended bench 24 hours before kick-off.

The Storm have scored 40 points or more in five of their past six games.

Dragons: Cody Ramsey returns on the wing, with Max Feagai shifting to the bench and Kaide Ellis bumped to 18th man. 

Mikaele Ravalawa returns from suspension on the wing in place of Mat Feagai while Poasa Faamausili replaces round nine debutant Junior Amone on the bench.

Tom Amone dropped out of the playing squad on game day while Jackson Ford and Adam Clune were omitted from the reserves list on Saturday.

The Dragons have scored 30 points or more in three of their past four games against the Storm.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 19 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 George Jennings
    Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jack Bird
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
    Centre for Dragons is number 4 Tyrell Fuimaono
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Dragons is number 20 Cody Ramsey
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 1 Nicho Hynes
    Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
  • Hooker for Storm is number 14 Tyson Smoothy
    Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 9 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Dragons is number 13 Josh McGuire

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 6 Ryley Jacks
    Interchange for Dragons is number 2 Max Feagai
  • Interchange for Storm is number 12 Tui Kamikamica
    Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Tom Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Billy Burns
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Daniel Alvaro

Reserves

  • Reserve for Storm is number 21 Dean Ieremia
    Reserve for Dragons is number 17 Kaide Ellis

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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Key match-up

Jahrome Hughes v Ben Hunt: Hughes has been one of the form players of the NRL this year as well as being one of its most improved, stepping up admirably since the retirement of Cam Smith to help guide his team around.

Dragons skipper Hunt has also been impressive and was badly missed while sidelined with a leg injury; he will need to replicate what he produced early in the year if the Dragons are to forge an upset here.

Stat attack

In the past five meetings between these teams, there has been on average 59.6 points scored per game with each team scoring at least 14 points in each clash. 

 

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