Bai backing Storm and Rhinos to challenge for honours again

Papua New Guinea legend Marcus Bai is backing his former clubs Melbourne Storm and Leeds Rhinos to challenge for honours once again after the Coronavirus lockdown is lifted and says he is proud to have been a part of a crucial part in the history of both clubs.

Bai was a founding player at the Storm when they came into the NRL in 1998 and won the competition the following year. He payed 144 games for Melbourne before moving to England to join Leeds in 2004. He was Tony Smith’s only new signing at the start of the Championship winning campaign and is one of only 13 overseas players to have won a Super League and NRL Grand Final, the latest being Lachlan Coote last season with St Helens.

In the latest of a series of interviews with former Leeds players ahead of the resumption of the NRL season after the coronavirus lockdown, we caught up with Marcus on the Gold Coast in Australia to ask him why Leeds fans should be backing another of his former clubs, Melbourne Storm for the new competition.

The NRL season is set to restart ion 28th May and Sky Sports will televise every game live throughout rounds three and four. It all kicks off with a clash between two unbeaten sides in Brisbane and Parramatta. The Broncos will be desperate to avenge last year’s 58-0 semi-final thumping against the Eels.

The following night, fans will be treated to a Queensland derby between the Cowboys and Justin Holbrook’s Titans, before a player who has found himself in the spotlight a lot, Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell, will face his former side and reigning premiers the Roosters, as we watch the two bitter Sydney rivals go head-to-head.

Saturday sees St George Illawarra’s new recruit Issac Luke take on his old team-mates for the first time, the Warriors, who have been forced to relocate to New South Wales due to the pandemic.

Also on Saturday, the Wests Tigers play Cronulla, before Melbourne meet Canberra in a replay of the 2019 semi-final.

On Sunday you can watch undefeated sides Penrith and Newcastle go head-to-head, followed by Manly and the Bulldogs.

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NRL Round 3 – live on Sky Sports

Thursday, May 28

Broncos vs Eels, 10.30am

Friday, May 29

Cowboys vs Titans, 9am

Roosters vs Rabbitohs, 10.55am

Saturday, May 30

Warriors vs Dragons, 6am

Sharks vs Wests Tigers, 8.30am

Storm vs Raiders, 10.35am

Sunday, May 31

Panthers vs Knights, 7.05am

Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs, 9.30am