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NRL 2021 round two LIVE updates: Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm at Bankwest Stadium

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Why did the Eels switch their edges and halves last week?

Nobody seems to be sure but it didn’t work especially well last week. We shall see. Shaun Lane was on the right last week instead of his customary left and seemed to really struggle. It didn’t seem to help a great deal in defence either so it’s likely to do with the halves in Brown and Moses and it was apparently driven by the players. Anyway, if they get it wrong tonight they will get punished heavily.

Both sides warming up indoors

Rain just pelting down in the wild west. This could be really nasty for the Eels if they can’t close the gaps and try and stop Ryan Papenhuyzen, Cameron Munster and friends. Parramatta’s edge defence wasn’t good last week and Melbourne have some terrific players in those spots. Josh Addo-Carr will be hanging around Kenny Bromwich and they won’t get him if he finds space. I was at the ground to cover the Eels last week and it clearly looked better on TV because they need vast improvement to compete tonight.

Evening one and all

Welcome to game one, round two of the NRL. We kick it off with Eels-Storm from a very wet Bankwest Stadium. Who does that benefit? Probably the Storm, mostly because they seem impervious to setbacks. Huge task for the Eels tonight you would suspect given the effort they produced against the Broncos.

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