2020 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Saturday 11th July, 2020 – 10:35 (UK)

Where is Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm taking place? GIO Stadium, Canberra

What is the expected weather for Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm? 7c, partly cloudy

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Cotric, Croker, Oldfield, Simonsson, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Lui, Young, Whitehead, Tapine – Interchanges: Havili, O’Donnell, Sutton, Rapana – Reserves: Starling, Scott

Unavailable: John Bateman (Injured), Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Sia Soliola (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders avoided a third straight NRL defeat as they edged St. George Illawarra Dragons last week but it was another unconvincing performance by the Raiders who were given a late scare as the Dragons mounted a comeback.
  • The Raiders looked like they would seal a comfortable victory having amassed a 22-0 lead but the Dragons then scored 16 unanswered points to push them close which was mainly down to Canberra missing 43 tackles.
  • They have now missed 282 tackles for the season which is the second-highest figure in the NRL and something they will have to tighten up in this clash, especially as they are light in the forwards having lost Sia Soliola and Emre Guler to injuries with Dunamis Lui coming into the 17 alongside debutant Kai O’Donnell.

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Seve, Olam, Momirovski, Addo-Carr, Jacks, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Welch, K. Bromwich, Faasuamaleaui, Finucane – Interchanges: B. Smith, Eisenhuth, Asofa-Solomona, Lee – Reserves: Schonig, Hynes

Unavailable: Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Sandor Earl (Injured), Suliasi Vunivalu (Injured), Cameron Munster (Injured), Felise Kaufusi (Injured)

  • Melbourne Storm claimed one of the most dramatic victories ever seen in the NRL as they claimed a thrilling win over reigning premiers Sydney Roosters last week with their golden point success a massive confidence-booster for the Storm.
  • They went into the game without the influential Cameron Munster at five-eighth but the Storm overcame that with Ryan Papenhuyzen’s field goal with under a minute remaining forcing extra time before Cameron Smith’s penalty won it.
  • Munster was in with a chance of returning here but he is still not ready after he was cut from the reserves 24 hours before kick-off, although Brenko Lee will make his comeback after he was promoted to the bench and he may earn a late start with Suliasi Vunivalu out through injury while Felise Kaufusi is also a late withdrawal because of a knee complaint.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Storm were involved in one of the most enthralling NRL matches of all-time as they produced a late fightback to see off Sydney Roosters last week. They will hope to back that up as they head to Canberra to face the Raiders. The hosts won for the first time in three games last week but they still failed to impress and this will be a hugely difficult task, especially with their injury woes in the forwards. The Raiders have won their last three against the Storm but the Storm have won four of their last five since their Round 3 defeat against Canberra and Melbourne can earn revenge for that loss by coming out on top of this one, although a low-scoring encounter is likely.

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