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It’s a rematch of a thrilling final from last year when the Canberra Raiders host the Melbourne Storm in the nation’s capital. Stay up-to-date with the developments from GIO Stadium with live scores on The Roar from 7:35pm (AEST).
Tonight’s hosts produced a masterclass against the Storm when the NRL returned from the COVID-19 break, but it’s now Melbourne who look the more dangerous team. They were brilliant in snatching a golden-point win against the Roosters last week and, after some unconvincing previous performances, now look back to their premiership-contending best.
The Raiders, meanwhile, haven’t reached their peak since the aforementioned Round 3 win, and have a host of injuries to key forwards making life particularly difficult. It was Corey Horsburgh two weeks, and last week’s win saw Sia Soliola suffer a gruesome facial fracture which will put him in the casualty ward for some time. Emre Guler is also out this week with an ankle injury.
There’s some good news, at least, with Jordan Rapana recovering from a calf strain to come onto the bench and force former Storm centre Curtis Scott out of the side.
Canberra aren’t the only ones dealing with an injury to a key player. Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu is out with a hamstring complaint, Marion Seve taking his place out wide.
Kick-off: 7:35pm (AEST)
Venue: GIO Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Michael Oldfield, 5. Bailey Simonsson, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. George Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. Hudson Young, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Joseph Tapine
Bench/Reserves: 14. Siliva Havili, 15. Kai O’Donnell, 16. Ryan Sutton, 17. Jordan Rapana, 18. Tom Starling, 19. Matt Frawley, 20. Darby Medlyn, 21. Curtis Scott
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Marion Seve, 3. Justin Olam, 4. Paul Momirovski, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Ryley Jacks, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane
Bench/Reserves: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 16. Tom Eisenuth, 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 18. Darryn Schonig, 19. Cameron Munster, 20. Brenko Lee, 21. Nicho Hynes