2020 NRL – Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Friday 16th October, 2020 – 09:50 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders? 21c, partly cloudy

What channel is Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders 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 Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders? 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 Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Papenhuyzen, Vunivalu, Lee, Olam, Addo-Carr, Munster, Hughes, J. Bromwich, C. Smith, Welch, Kaufusi, K. Bromwich, Asofa-Solomona – Interchanges: B. Smith, Faasuamaleaui, Eisenhuth, Hynes – Reserves: Finucane, Momirosvski

Unavailable: Marion Seve (Injured), Tui Kamikamica (Injured), Max King (Suspended)

  • Melbourne Storm showed their class as they fought back from a slow start against Parramatta Eels to earn the week off and progress to this preliminary final as they extended their sensational record in Brisbane.
  • The Storm maintained their unbeaten record in Brisbane this season with that run now standing at nine matches, whilst they have also won 19 of their last 21 matches at Suncorp Stadium which plays host to this clash with Canberra Raiders.
  • Lock Dale Finucane has missed a decent chunk of the season with a calf injury but he looks set to be cleared having been sidelined since Round 14 and Cameron Munster is also expected to be passed fit after picking up a knee injury against the Eels.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Valemei, Croker, Rapana, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Starling, Soliola, Bateman, Whitehead, Tapine – Interchanges: Havili, Lui, Young, Harawira-Naera – Reserves: S. Williams, Timoko

Unavailable: Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Curtis Scott (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders dug deep to fend off a Sydney Roosters comeback as they knocked the defending premiers out of the competition and gained a slither of revenge for last season’s Grand Final defeat.
  • The Raiders were in control for much of the game but allowed the Roosters back into the contest and had to hang on at the end but they did enough to earn the 18-22 success and book their place in the final four.
  • It is little surprise that head coach Ricky Stuart has opted to name the same 17 that featured last week and that side is likely to be locked in after Ryan Sutton failed to prove his fitness following a knee injury after dropping off the extended bench 24 hours from kick-off.

THE PREDICTION

Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders will meet in the first of the preliminary finals as they look to book their spot in the NRL Grand Final. The Storm have enjoyed a week off to prepare for this having beaten Parramatta Eels 36-24 in week 1 and they will relish this clash with the Raiders, who looked extremely tired at the end of their energy-sapping win over Sydney Roosters last week. They will have a renewed vigour as they aim to reach their second Grand Final in a row but it will be a tall order against the Storm who could arguably name their strongest 17 for this clash. Canberra have won three of their last four meetings with Melbourne but the fact this is in Brisbane could swing it in the Storm’s favour owing to their incredible record in the city as well as the stadium and with that in mind, Craig Bellamy’s men can do enough to advance to the final.

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