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Next Game: The Season has finished
England think Aussies are vulnerable: Mal
26 Oct 2017
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga reckons England consider Australia vulnerable heading into the Rugby League World Cup opener in Melbourne.

England believe Australia are ripe for the picking in Friday's Rugby League World Cup opener, according to Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga.

Australia haven't lost to England in 22 years, however Meninga insists the old enemy are adamant they can flip the tournament on its head at AAMI Park.

"They're one of the major forces in the game of rugby league. They'll probably think we're at our most vulnerable tomorrow night. Again, we're prepared for that," Meninga said on Thursday.

Meninga made six changes to the team who beat New Zealand in their most-recent Test in May, including the unavailability of key duo Darius Boyd and Johnathan Thurston.

He said the new faces in the team, as well as the expectation of Australia cantering to a World Cup win, were factors the team needed to address during camp.

"The first game of any series, you're not quite sure about your combinations. You get clunky when you talk about combinations and execution," Meninga said.

"So we've got a few guys who haven't played for a while consistently, week in, week out. We've worked really hard this week on making sure that we take our club form into (Friday night's) tonight's game."

Meninga was also quick to ensure there was no complacency in the side, particularly among debutants Dane Gagai, Wade Graham and Jordan McLean.

"They've really bought into what we want from a cultural point of view and it's all about attitude and make sure they grab the moment," he said.

Asked whether he considered England as their biggest threat to defending their global crown, Meninga said: "I think our greatest threat is ourselves.

"We need to make sure that we don't be complacent, that we don't get too far in front of ourselves. We don't want to be seen as being selfless in the way we respect our opposition."

England have made their own changes to the side who defeated Samoa in a May Test, including fullback Jonny Lomax.

Seven players, led by forwards Sam Burgess and James Graham, play in the NRL.

"They're a big side and they've got a lot of experience in the middle so I would imagine that's where they'll be trying to force the issue, try to get on top of us," Meninga said.

"And they've got a lot of experience. All those players play in the NRL competition so they're not overawed by who they're playing against and they'll be confident going into tomorrow night."

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Last Game: The Storm won against the Canberra Raiders 30 - 10 at Olympic Park, Australia (5312 days ago)  game results here
 Melbourne Storm Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 11 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 61 
 Total Goals: 48 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 704 
 Total Points Against: 725 
 Leagues the Melbourne Storm are in
1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Aaron Moule, Danny Williams, Fifita Moala, Henry Perenara, Ian Sibbit, Junior Langi, Marcus Bai, Matt Geyer, Matt Orford, Matt Rua, Michael Russo, Mitchell Sargent, Peter Robinson, Richard Swain, Robbie Kearns, Scott Hill, Shane Walker, Stephen Kearney, Steven Bell, Willie Leyshon,

 Players in 2001
Ben Roarty, Brad Watts, Brenton Pomery, Brett O'farrell, Paul Sheedy, Paul Staladi, Paul Whatuira, Robbie Ross, Rodney Howe, Rodney Howe, Russell Bawden, Tasesa Lavea,

 Players in 2000
Brett Kimmorely, Paul Marquet, Shannon Hegarty, Tesesa Lavea, Tony Martin,

 Players in 1999
Aseri Laing, Ben Anderson, Craig Smith, Geoff Bell, Glenn Lazarus, Paul Bell, Tawera Nikau, Wyane Evans,
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Last Results

Saturday, 10 May, 2003
Melbourne 30
Canberra 10


Saturday, 3 May, 2003
Melbourne 46
Newcastle 6


Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Cowboys 32
Melbourne 12


Sunday, 20 Apr, 2003
Eagles 20
Melbourne 14


Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
Melbourne 18
Sharks 12


Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 44
Melbourne 28


Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Melbourne 42
Penrith 16


Sunday, 16 Mar, 2003
Melbourne 36
Sharks 32


Saturday, 7 Sep, 2002
Canberra 25
Melbourne 16


Friday, 30 Aug, 2002
Canterbury 24
Melbourne 16


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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