Written by Adam Whitelock
Friday, 16th of October, 7:50 PM, NRL Finals Week 3, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Melbourne Storm versus Canberra Raiders NRL Match Fixture
Canberra jumped out of the gates in the first half against the Roosters last week and ended the defending premiers hopes of a 3-peat, while Melbourne had the week off after defeating Parramatta in the first round of the finals. Canberra will be out to qualify for their second grand final in a row and have another shot at the premiership, whilst with rumours Melbourne captain Cameron Smith is retiring this year, the Storm will be aiming to send him out a winner.
The Melbourne Storm
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Reserves: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Dale Finucane 19. Paul Momirovski 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Chris Lewis
Coach: Craig Bellamy
The Canberra Raiders
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Tom Starling 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine
Reserves: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Sam Williams 19. Matthew Timoko 20. Ryan Sutton 21. Michael Oldfield
Coach: Ricky Stuart
The last time these two teams met the Storm beat the Raiders 20-14, Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 46 matches played between the Storm and the Raiders favouring the Storm winning 32, Melbourne Storm has won 83% of their games at this venue.
Canberra Raiders by 12