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2021 NRL Round 11 Preview, Raiders Vs Storm

Chloe Schibeci previews the clash between Canberra Raiders and the Melbourne Storm. This is what we have to look forward to.

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TEAM NEWS

Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra, Date: Saturday May 22, Time: 7:35pm

Raiders Team

  1. Caleb Aekins
  2. Bailey Simonsson
  3. Sebastian Kris
  4. Curtis Scott
  5. Semi Valemei
  6. Sam Williams
  7. George Williams
  8. Dunamis Lui
  9. Tom Starling
  10. Emre Guler
  11. Corey Harawira-Naera
  12. Elliott Whitehead
  13. Hudson Young
  14. Brad Schneider
  15. Ryan Sutton
  16. Corey Horsburgh
  17. Ryan James
  18. Matthew Timoko
  19. Iosia Soliola
  20. Siliva Havilii
  21. Harry Rushton

Team Changes

IN: Brad Schneider, Harry Rushton, Iosia Soliola, Ryan Sutton, Sam Williams, Siliva Havili
OUT: Jack Wighton, Josh Papalii, Josh Hodgson

Storm Team

  1. Nicho Hynes
  2. George Jennings
  3. Reimis Smith
  4. Justin Olam
  5. Josh Addo-Carr
  6. Chris Lewis
  7. Jahrome Hughes
  8. Jesse Bromwich
  9. Brandon Smith
  10. Christian Welch
  11. Felise Kaufusi
  12. Kenneath Bromwich
  13. Dale Finucane
  14. Aaron Pene
  15. Tui Kamikamica
  16. Tom Eisenhuth
  17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  18. Aaron Booth
  19. Cooper Johns
  20. Trent Loiero
  21. Dean Ieremia

Team Changes

IN: Aaron Booth, Aaron Pene, Brandon Smith, Chris Lewis, Cooper Johns, Trent Loiero
OUT:
Ryan Papenhuyzen, Ryley Jacks, Tyson Smoothy

Referee: Gerard Sutton

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Raiders

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Last weekend was the first time the Raiders have won since round four: their fourth overall win of the year. They currently sit just inside the top eight, struggling to gain momentum and win more consistently. Last weekend, they won against the Bulldogs by just two points in an entertaining Saturday afternoon clash during Magic Round. 

Storm

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The Melbourne Storm are continuing to be one of the season front runners, sitting just behind the Panthers and Parramatta Eels on the ladder. They have lost just two games all season, the last of which in round three against the Panthers. Last weekend, they defeated the St. George Illawarra Dragons by 26 points. 

PREVIEW

The Canberra Raiders will be looking for their second consecutive win to hopefully build momentum and climb higher on the competition ladder. Meanwhile the Melbourne Storm will be chasing their eighth in a row, maintaining their top three ladder position.

The Raiders are back at GIO Stadium on Saturday night, and will be wanting the win in front of a home crowd. In 2020, the Raiders and the Storm played each other three times; the first time, in round three, the Raiders won by 16 points. However, the second and third were won by the Storm. 

The third game of 2020 was the preliminary final. The Storm ran away with it in the end, winning by 20 points and going on to win the competition the following week. This weekend will be the Raiders’ chance at redemption, hoping to steal the win in front of their fans at home. 

The Raiders can be hard to beat at home; however, the Storm have won 68 per cent of their games at GIO Stadium. This looks to be an entertaining game between the Raiders and the Storm on Saturday night; Canberra are looking to win back-to-back games and Melbourne are hoping to continue on their winning streak. 

KEY STAT

The competition history between these two sides is skewed towards the Melbourne Storm. The Storm have won 33 games from 47 encounters against the Raiders, including the last two. While the Raiders are solid competition, it is hard to ignore the history between the sides. 

PREDICTION

Melbourne by 10. 

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Comments (1)

  1. ronny koprap

    i commend that storm will win this game with big mu chin so i tie Justin Olem wi put 2 try in this game.

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