Thanks for joining me for this thrilling contest. What an outstanding game with lots of talking points. Keep checking Fairfax Media for all the latest news later in the night.
FULLTIME: What an amazing win by the Canberra Raiders to kickstart their season!!!! The Raiders have come from nowhere to beat the Storm 24-22 at Canberra Stadium. Paul Vaughan scored in the 79th minute as the Raiders recorded their third win of the season and snapped a six-game losing streak at home.
The kick-off goes out on the full and the Raiders get the penalty at halfway.
80min: Croker with a kick directly in front to give the Raiders the victory. He kicks it! Raiders 24; Storm 22
79min: TRY: Wowwwwwwwww!!!!!!! Do you believe in miracles? The Raiders have pulled this one out of the fire as Paul Vaughan steps several Storm players to score under the posts. The crowd is going ballistic!!!! Croker with a kick to take the lead.
77min: The Storm will have the ball on half-way after a Raiders knock-on. Raiders rush to form the scrum. Time off with 3:51 on the clock.
76min: Smith kicks to the corner and the Raiders get possession 15m out.
74min: Raiders bomb another chance with a knock-on 10m out from the Storm line. Less than six minutes on the clock, Storm leading by four.
71min: Jarrod Croker you superstar - that's his third I repeat third, try-saving tackle of the day. Croker stops Sisa Waqa in the right hand corner after he appeared certain to score after a great tap back from Billy Slater off a high kick. The video ref had several looks at it before determining Waqa was forced out in in in-goal. Raiders still hanging on.
69min: That's probably the first kick all day that Cooper Cronk has got wrong. Saying that, it goes into touch on the 10m line when he would've liked to have found the in-goal.
66min: The Raiders have all the momemtum, they're getting better as the temperature drops below 10 degrees. But just as they're on the attack Brett White drops it cold 10m out.
63min: Sisa Waqa steams towards the corner, but it looks like Josh Papalii has made a stunning try-saving tackle. NO TRY! Awesome play from Papalii, holding him up over the line. Get him fitted for his Kangaroos jersey.
61min: The Raiders have picked up their intensity in the last five minutes or so. Just when it looked like the Storm had coughed up the ball in their own half, the Raiders are penalised as the crowd shows its disgust.
59min: That's a great break from the Raiders down the right starting inside their 30m line. Allwood finds Milford who is run down by Slater. The Raiders kick through on the last, but the Storm clean up close to their own line.
57min: Croker nails the conversion from the sideline. Storm 22; Raiders 18
56min: TRY: Don't write the Raiders off, yet! Quick hands open up space to Matt Allwood, who draws his defender and puts Reece Robinson over in the corner. Storm 22; Raiders 16 KTC
51min: Sisa Waqa takes a quick tap from the 20m restart and finds Slater. From the next set, the Storm shift the ball to the right, but the pass to Fonua goes forward when he had open ground in front of him.
49min: I honestly don't know the Storm bombed that try. Anthony Milford made a mistake by putting his boot on the grubber kick, but Ryan Hoffman has lost the ball in putting it down. Raiders let off the hook.
44min: TRY: Cooper Cronk throws a sensational short pass to put Mahe Fonua's second try of the afternoon. However, it came after it looked like the Storm dropped it cold in the previous set. Storm 20; Raiders 12 KTC
43min: Another clever kick from Cam Smith forces a line drop out from the Raiders. Josh Papalii does well to dive on it in front of the Storm chasers.
Bad news for the Melbourne Storm, with Ben Roberts having a knee injury and won't return to the game today. Ryan Hinchcliffe will move to five-eighth.
News from the sheds. Ben Roberts will NOT return for the afternoon. We'll be one man down for the final half #purplepride— Melbourne Storm (@storm) April 20, 2014
Halftime: Croker converts and the Storm lead the Raiders 16-12 at halftime. A crazy try just before the break has brought the crowd back into it. Stands to be an interesting second 40 minutes.
39min: TRY: I honestly don't know how to describe what just happened. Reece Robinson eventually scores in the right corner after a crazy sequence of events including a basketball pass from Croker, desperation from McCrone, hits the ground, to Campese and finally to Robinson. Storm 16; Raiders 10 KTC
36min: A blow for the Raiders, with Jack Wighton off the field for a concussion test.
35min: Big, bustling Kenny Bromwich gets some open space, finds a flying Billy Slater, who pins his ears back, but he's stopped by Jarrod Croker to stop a certain try. Awesome tackle from Croker. The Storm lose the ball and Milford picks it up.
34min: Smith misses the conversion from the sideline. Storm 16; Raiders 6
32min: TRY: Quick hands from the Storm sees Mahe Fonua scoring in the corner to extend their lead. Give that try to the inter-play between Cronk, Smith and Proctor. Lovely play. Storm 16; Raiders 6 KTC
29min: Bill Tupou with a try-saving tackle, comes in off his wing to shut down Kevin Proctor with a couple of Storm players outside him. The Storm shift it left from the next set, but they've knocked the ball on. Raiders hanging on.
27min: Reece Robinson knocks the ball on on the first tackle from the scrum. Getting ugly from both teams.
27min: Terry Campese gets absolutely hammered! The Raiders captain loses the ball in the heavy collision with his side on the attack only 10m out. Massive play from the Storm, however they throw the ball over the sideline on their first tackle. The Raiders have the ball 30m out.
23min: We've got a delay of the game as the Storm trainer takes a look at Ben Roberts. He's up and about, but is pointing towards his knee. Could be an issue there.
21min: TRY: The flying Fijian, Sisa Waqa, puts the Storm back in front with a neat finish down the right-hand side. It comes from a great chip kick from Cooper Cronk. He's in sterling form ahead of the Test match in a couple weeks. Storm 10; Raiders 6 KTC
19min: That's an outstanding kick from Cameron Smith to find a 40/20 to put the Storm on the attack. Geez, he's a class player, best in the game. Still, the Raiders hang on and get the ball back a couple metres out from their own line.
16min: Jarrod Croker converts to level the scores. Raiders 6; Storm 6
15min: TRY: The Raiders hit straight back as Matt Allwood crosses for his first try in the NRL. Campese moves the ball to the right, Allwood slicing through a couple of defenders and taking one across the line. The video ref is having several looks at it. Try! Storm 6; Raiders 4 KTC
14min: Good luck catching that one, Anthony Milford. That's an outstanding, towering bomb off the boot of Cooper Cronk. Milford juggles the ball before managing to grab it on the second go as it goes close to hitting the uprights.
12min: Storm on the attack again after a penalty against the Raiders. They're peppering Canberra's line, going left then right before the Raiders force the Storm to be held on the fifth tackle without a kick.
9min: TRY: After holding out the Raiders, the Storm are the first to strike as Ryan Hinchcliffe picks up the ball after a Cam Smith grubber kick bounces off the goal-posts. That's a nice kick from Smith and a bit of fortune for the visitors, but they'll take it. Storm 4; Raiders 0 KTC
6 min: That's a great take from the late inclusion from the Storm, Manu Fonua, to defuse a cross-field kick from Terry Campese on the last tackle. The Storm work it out of their half and pin Anthony Milford a couple metres out from his own line with a great kick.
4min: A nice grubber kick from the Raiders on the last tackle forces the Storm to take it over for a line drop out.
Here come the Storm on to the field. A decent reception for a visiting side with a bit of purple in the crowd.
And here are the Raiders. A decent crowd around 8-9,000 given it's Easter Sunday.
My eagle eyed CT colleague Jon Tuxworth has spotted that Raiders fullback Anthony Milford doesn't have any strapping on his knee. Milford had his knee heavily strapped in last week's loss to the Knights.
It's an important game for both sides, but more so for the Raiders. A loss today would drop the Green Machine to 2-5 for the season, a big hole to come back from even this early. The Storm are in eighth on 4-2 with a chance to consolidate their spot in the top eight.
And here's who'll be taking the field for Melbourne, who have two changes to the side named earlier in the week. Will Chambers is out with a two-week suspension and Mitch Garbutt has been omitted. Coming in on the wing is Mahe Fonua and the meat pie with legs, George Rose.
STORM: Billy Slater, Sisa Waqa, Will Chambers, Justin O’Neill, Young Tonumaipea, Ben Roberts, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (capt), Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Kenny Bromwich, Tohu Harris, Tim Glasby, Dayne Weston.
Let's take a look at who'll be playing for Canberra, who are 1-17. Jarrad Kennedy drops off the extended bench.
RAIDERS: Anthony Milford, Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Matt Allwood, Bill Tupou, Jack Wighton, Terry Campese (capt), David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Joel Edwards, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Josh McCrone, Paul Vaughan, Dane Tilse, Shannon Boyd.