NRL match preview: Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm

Date: Sunday April 20
Venue: GIO Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm



1 Anthony Milford 2 Reece Robinson 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Matt Allwood 5 Bill Tupou 6 Jack Wighton 7 Terry Campese (C) 8 David Shillington 9 Glen Buttriss 10 Brett White 11 Josh Papalii 12 Joel Edwards 13 Shaun Fensom  Interchange 14 Josh McCrone 15 Paul Vaughan 16 Dane Tilse 17 Shannon Boyd 18 Jarrad Kennedy


1 Billy Slater 2 Sisa Waqa 3 Will Chambers 4 Justin O’Neill 5 Young Tonumaipea 6 Ben Roberts 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Bryan Norrie 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Ryan Hoffman 13 Ryan Hinchcliffe Interchange 14 Kenny Bromwich 15 Tohu Harris 16 Mitch Garbutt 17 Tim Glasby 18 Dayne Weston


Canberra are desperate to post their first victory at home as they host Melbourne on Easter Sunday.  They were less than impressive against Newcastle last week in going down 26-12 after being in the game at half time.  Ricky Stuart has kept trust in his squad by naming an unchanged lineup.  Anthony Milford will need a big game for the Raiders to provide another upset like the one against South Sydney in round 4.  The combination of Jack Wighton and Terry Campese still isn’t quite settled and will be tested against a very good Storm side.

Melbourne come into this game off the back of a controversial week.  Their victory on Monday evening came under scrutiny from referee’s boss Tony Archer and off-field it was alleged Craig Bellamy was set to resign over the suspension handed out to Jordan McLean following Alex McKinnon’s serious injury.  Bellamy has been forced to make a change with Will Chambers taking an early guilty plea and will miss two games.  Mahe Fonua will be his replacement.  Dayne Weston travels as the eighteenth man.  Another strong Melbourne side named with the ‘spine’ Smith, Cronk and Slater to give the hosts nightmares.


Melbourne won 68-4 in their last meeting in Canberra and while they should win, the score will be closer.

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