We take a look at Saturday evenings (17/8/2019) NRL 2019 Week 22 match is between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders. The Storm host the Raiders and they go into the game as the red hot favourites in the betting.
When: Saturday August 17, 5:30pm
Where: AAMI Park
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
It’s back-to-back top four clashes for the Storm and Raiders when they meet in Melbourne on Saturday. The Storm took care of Souths in fast-paced match 26-16 in Gosford in round 21, while the Raiders fell four points short against the Roosters, losing 22-18.
The competition leaders will welcome back fullback Jahrome Hughes, while Ryan Papenhuyzen is back after a week out, replacing Billy Walters. Joey Leilua is back for Canberra in the centres after a long injury layoff, moving Nick Cotric to the wing.
When the pair met in Canberra in round 2, Melbourne prevailed 22-10 after jumping out to a 16-0 lead early in the second half. The Storm has not lost to the Raiders since round 23, 2016 at GIO Stadium, winning five in a row against the Green Machine.
The Raiders have played close games against the competition heavyweights in 2019, but just can’t seem to get over the line against the Storm, Roosters or Bunnies on the scoreboard. Canberra has covered the equal-most games on the road of any side this season, with an 8-2 mark, but that record is under threat against Melbourne on Saturday, with The Wolf seeing the Storm as just too clinical for this Raiders side.
Tip: Melbourne Storm at $1.42
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu at $7.50
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane Interchange: 14. Tui Kamikamica 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Joe Stimson 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen Reserves: 18. Max King 19. Tom Eisenhuth 20. Sandor Earl 21. Billy Walters
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 Interchange: 14. Bailey Simonsson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Ryan Sutton Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Hudson Young 20. Siliva Havili 21. Emre Guler
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change