NRL 2016 season: Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights Round 5 preview, live streaming info, play-by-play updates and team lineup

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The Melbourne Storm will look to immediately get back in their winning ways, while the the Newcastle Knights bid for their first win of the season when both teams clash in Round 5 of the 2016 National Rugby League at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The Storm suffered their first loss of the 2016 NRL season last week against the Cronulla Sharks 14-6. Storm coach Craig Bellamy is expected to improve their defence and ball handling in attack, which was mostly absent from their defeat against Cronulla on Monday.

However, those are not the only concern for Bellamy as the club could have formation concerns, with a suspension for winger Marika Koroibete and fitness problem for second-rower Kevin Proctor. Koroibete will miss the weekend game due to a one-match suspension for tripping, while Proctor would have to pass fitness test after suffering a thigh injury against Cronulla.

"I'm not sure to be quite honest," Bellamy said of Proctor’s availability on Saturday, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. "We are hoping that he will play, but we are not going to take any chances with him.”

"We don't want him to get out there, do it and have the next four to six weeks off. We will see how he trains on and see how he trains again on Friday, then make a decision from there."

Meanwhile, the Knights, who are still looking to break into the winning column, are coming off a 40-18 trump by the New Zealand Warriors in a game where Newcastle gave up 28 unanswered points in the second half. Against the Storm, the Knights should tighten up on both ends of their game if they wish to turn things around.

Melbourne Storm lineup

Cameron Munster, Young Tonumaipea, Will Chambers, Ben Hampton, Marika Koroibete, Blake Green, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith, Jordan McLean, Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris, Dale Finucane Interchange: Kenny Bromwich, Tim Glasby, Felise Kaufusi, Christian Welch Coach: Craig Bellamy

Newcastle Knights lineup

Dane Gagai, Nathan Ross, Sione Mata'utia, Pat Mata'utia, Cory Denniss, Jarrod Mullen, Trent Hodkinson, Sam Mataora, Tyler Randell, Korbin Sims, Jacob Saifiti, Robert Rochow, Jeremy Smith Interchange: Danny Levi, Mickey Paea, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Pauli Pauli Coach: Nathan Brown

Live streaming info and play-by-play updates

Watch NRL 2016 season Round 5: Melbourne Storm vs Newcastle Knights live via NRL Digital Pass. Play-by-play updates will be available during game time on Fox Sports AU.