Written by Christopher Tearse
Saturday, May 29, 7.35 PM, Melbourne Storm take on Canberra Raiders NRL Round 3 Match Preview
Another clash of the titans match with the Raiders knocking out the Storm in the finals last year, there should be some old feelings about that present in this showdown, both teams have started the year well, the Melbourne Storm have beaten the Cronulla Sharks and Manly Sea eagles scoring a total of 30 points and leaking only 14 points this year, The Canberra Raiders have beaten the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans scoring a total of 44 points and leaking only 12 for the year, this will be a classy match, stay tuned.
The Melbourne Storm
Tui Kamikamica is out with a back problem.
Nat Butcher is expected to return.
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Justin Olam 4. Marion Seve 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane Reserves: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 16. Christian Welch 17. Max King 18. Tom Eisenhuth 19. Brenko Lee 20. Ryley Jacks 21. Darryn Schonig.
Coach: Craig Bellamy
The Canberra Raiders
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Joseph Tapine 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh Reserves: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Michael Oldfield 18. Jordan Rapana 19. Matt Frawley 20. Kai O’Donnell 21. Tom Starling.
Coach: Ricky Stuart
The last time these two teams met the Raiders strangled the Storm in a marginal win 12-10 seeing the storm make there way out of the finals, previously, the Canberra Raiders have played the Melbourne Storm at home on the last 10 occasions and have won 5 games out of the last 10, the home ground advantage is neutral, we are backing the Melbourne Storm, it may be more than just another game to them with plenty to play for.
Melbourne Storm for the win.