Storm In The Capital

Picture: Colleen Petch/
Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater will try to keep the ball rolling Picture: Colleen Petch/

Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm
GIO Stadium
Sunday April 20 – 3:05 PM (AEST)

Storm: WWLLW

The Melbourne Storm head into Sunday afternoons game off the back of a very controversial win on Monday night against the Dragons. A time keeper’s mistake helped the Storm snap a 2 game losing streak, scoring a try after the siren to beat the Saints 28-24. Canberra has lost their last 6 games at home, losing the reputation that they can’t be beaten at home.

Melbourne has not been able to capture the form in recent weeks that has seen them grand finalists 5 out of the last 8 years. Their only convincing win so far has been against a Knights side who are underachievers in themselves. But with the Australian spine of Cronk, Smith and Slater leading the charge, their form is bound to improve. Melbourne have named a relatively unchanged line-up from Monday night, with Will Chambers (suspension) being replaced by Dayne Weston.

The Raiders have had a poor start to the season. Apart from a massive upset win against South Sydney on a Sunday afternoon, they have shown no real threat to push for a top 8 spot. Young Jack Wighton has been a little glimmer of hope, showing that his shift to pivot has been a successful one, while superstar Anthony Milford has had a mixed bag when it comes to recent form. Canberra receives a big boost with Joel Edwards returning to the starting side, dropping Jarrad Kennedy to 18th man.

The Storm will look to improve and build on a self-confessed poor start. The Raiders have lost 2 in a row and 6 straight at home and can’t seem to find any consistency. It’s an easy pick this week with Melbourne getting over the line.

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