NRL Breakdown: Storm v Sharks
The NRL minor premiership goes up for grabs in a Saturday night blockbuster when the Storm host the Sharks just one week before the NRL Finals.
NRL.com analyst Matt Elliott looks at the attacking and defensive structures of both teams to demonstrate why they are both at the top of the ladder at the end of 26 Rounds.
Elliott highlights how the Sharks like to dominate the first three tackles in defence to control field possession while also demonstrating the work of Ben Barba on both sides of the ball.
The former first grade coach also shows how the Sharks look to expose the middle of the field by making middle defenders come up with multiple tackles in a set – tiring them out before playing the ball back inside to set Barba into the backfield.
The Storm have one of the best defensive units in their own right and continue to push from the middle of the field to ensure there are no weaknesses.
In attack, their structure presents plenty of options for Cooper Cronk, giving him the choice to run himself, play short to a forward or out the back to fullback Cameron Munster hitting the line at pace.
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