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Melbourne Storm v Canberra

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)

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Last meeting: Round 7 2014 - Raiders 24 bt Storm 22 at GIO Stadium

Head-to-head: Storm 24 Raiders 10

Referees: Shayne Hayne, Chris Butler

TV: Live, FoxSports 1


Ladbrokes: Melbourne Storm $1.22, Canberra Raiders $4.30

Betfair: Melbourne Storm $1.24, Canberra Raiders $4.30

AAP writes: This is a game eighth-placed Melbourne need to win to stay in the hunt for a top four berth. Halfback Cooper Cronk slammed the Storm’s recent efforts as ‘‘mediocre’’ so expect his teammates to respond. The Raiders have enjoyed three of their five wins on the road this year so can’t be underestimated. They need a win to help distance themselves from the wooden spoon.

Key: The end of Origin. The Storm traditionally come into their own at the end of the interstate period, expect big games from Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater and probably a big Melbourne win.

Tip: Storm

STORM: Billy Slater, Marika Koroibete, William Chambers, Kurt Mann, Mahe Fonua, Ben Roberts, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (capt), Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Ryan Hinchcliffe. Interchange: Tim Glasby, Tohu Harris, Junior Moors, Jordan McLean.

RAIDERS: Anthony Milford, Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Jarrad Kennedy, Sami Sauiluma, Terry Campese (capt), Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Joel Edwards, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Kurt Baptiste, Paul Vaughan, Dane Tilse, Shannon Boyd, Matt Allwood (one to be omitted).