NRL match preview: Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders

Date: Saturday July 19
Venue: AAMI Park
Kick-off: 5:30pm


Storm: Billy Slater, Marika Koroibete, Will Chambers, Kurt Mann, Mahe Fonua, Ben Roberts, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith, Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Tim Glasby, Tohu Harris, Junior Moors, Jordan McLean

Raiders: Anthony Milford, Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Jarrad Kennedy, Sami Sauiluma, Terry Campese, Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Joel Edwards, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Kurt Baptiste, Paul Vaughan, Dane Tilse, Shannon Boyd, Matthew Allwood 


Melbourne Storm will go in as favourites when they host Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park.  Craig Bellamy has named the same seventeen that went down by two points to Canterbury last week.  Marika Koroibete appears in Storm colours for the second time since his move from Wests Tigers mid-season.  Combined with Slater, Chambers and Fonua, Melbourne have plenty of strike power out wide to put a good score on the Raiders.  A good win here should see the Storm return to the top eight.

But rugby league’s a funny game.  Canberra travel south with an impressive record at AAMI Park where they have won on three of four occasions.  They are coming off an impressive 36-20 win over the struggling Gold Coast Titans.  Brenko Lee is unavailable due to a hamstring injury.  Jarrad Kennedy will play centre in his place, with Joel Edwards to start in the back row.  Brett White will start with Paul Vaughan starting from the bench.  Matt Allwood travels as the eighteenth man.  It may just be an outstanding effort by Brisbane-bound Anthony Milford that could put the game in the Raiders favour.  If Canberra want to play finals footy, they can’t afford to drop this game.


Melbourne by 22.

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