Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL Finals Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Can Raiders stun Storm again?

Andrew Hendrie 12 Sep 2019
  • Melbourne Storm host Canberra Raiders in week one of the NRL finals on Saturday
  • Storm have won six of their last seven meetings, but Raiders prevailed at AAMI Park in Round 22
Storm face Raiders on Saturday (PA Images)

Melbourne Storm look to avenge their Round 22 loss to Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park when the two sides clash for a place in the NRL preliminary finals on Saturday.

Storm vs Raiders kicks off at 5.30pm AEST at AAMI Park. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Melbourne have been the benchmark team all season, but can they maintain that level when it matters most? Craig Bellamy’s side have a tough opening game of the finals when they face off against Canberra, the team that beat them on their own turf just four weeks ago.

It’s been another incredible season from the Storm, with the club winning 20 of their 24 matches, including 11 out of 12 away from home, but one of those defeats came against the team they meet on Saturday night.

And the Storm were cruising in that encounter, but for the first time in their history, they let slip of an 18-point lead as Canberra staged an outstanding comeback to prevail 22-18.

Bellamy will be determined not to let a repeat of that result occur on Saturday night, especially after his side registered a statement 36-6 win over Manly two weeks ago, following that up with a comfortable home win over North Queensland in their last game of the regular season.

Melbourne receive a big boost for this showdown, with Cameron Munster returning from a shoulder injury, while Josh Addo-Carr also comes back onto the wing after being rested last week.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have been the most-improved side of 2019 (along with Parramatta), with the team finishing in the top four on the back of some new-found grit in defence.

However, Canberra didn’t end the season on the brightest note, falling 24-20 to the Warriors at home - and Ricky Stuart would have no doubt given them a spray about maintaining their intensity heading into the finals.

Canberra will take huge confidence from their win over Melbourne last month, but finals footy is a different beast and the Storm have been there and done that countless times over the last 15 years. It’s a tough ask for the Raiders to do the double in Melbourne within the space of the month - I’m backing the Storm home in a close one.

Match Odds


Melbourne Storm - $1.41
Canberra Raiders - $2.85

Stats


  • Storm have won six of their last seven meetings
  • Canberra won their last clash at AAMI Park 22-18 in Round 22
  • Storm won their last finals match at AAMI Park 14-12 in 2016

Teams


Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Max King 17. Joe Stimson 18. Curtis Scott 19. Tino Faasuamaleaui 20. Brodie Croft 21. Tom Eisenhuth

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Bailey Simonsson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Ryan Sutton 18. Sam Williams 19. Emre Guler 20. Siliva Havili 21. Hudson Young

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