Elimination Final - Match Preview
Melbourne Storm v Canterbury Bulldogs
Sunday 14 September, 4:10pm
TV: Channel Nine, LIVE from 3:30pm
Online: NRL Digital Pass
Radio: 2GB, ABC Grandstand, Triple M (Melbourne)
Melbourne Storm will host the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2nd Elimination Final at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.
Melbourne, who finished off the regular season in sixth spot on the ladder with six wins from their last eight matches, will be hoping to keep their 2014 campaign alive by defeating the travelling Bulldogs in the first week of finals.
Storm will enter the clash off the back of a solid performance at AAMI Park against the Broncos last Friday night with a nine day break allowing for thorough preparation from Craig Bellamy’s side. The Bulldogs on the other hand suffered a narrow 19-18 defeat at the hands of the Titans on the Gold Coast.
Canterbury hold a good record against Melbourne in 2014, defeating Storm in each of their match-ups earlier in the season. A 40-12 win at nib Stadium, Perth in Round 4 was then followed by a narrow return fixture at AAMI Park in Round 18 where Des Hasler’s side triumphed 6-4.
Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad that will take on the Bulldogs for Sunday’s Elimination Final at AAMI Park, including Dayne Weston and Justin O’Neill on an extended interchange bench.
Like Melbourne, Canterbury have named an extended squad which will be reduced by game day. Hasler has named a 20-man squad with seven on the interchange bench which includes the returning Dale Finucane.
Referee: Matt Cecchin and Gavin Morris
Sideline Officials: Nick Beashel and Grant Atkins
Video Referees: Steve Clark and Luke Patten
Last 5 Matches:
Round 18, 2014 – Canterbury Bulldogs 6 (Sam Kasiano; Goals: Trent Hodkinson) defeated Melbourne Storm 4 (Kevin Proctor)
Round 4, 2014 – Canterbury Bulldogs 40 (James Graham, Trent Hodkinson, Josh Jackson, David Klemmer, Timoteo Lafai, Josh Morris, Chase Stanley; Goals: Trent Hodkinson 6) defeated Melbourne Storm 12 (Will Chambers, Billy Slater; Goals: Tohu Harris 2)
Round 18, 2013 - Canterbury Bulldogs 39 (Sam Perrett 3, Mitch Brown 2, Ben Barba, Timoteo Lafai, Tony Williams; Goals: Trent Hodkinson 3) defeated Melbourne Storm 0
Grand Final, 2012 – Melbourne Storm 14 (Ryan Hoffman, Justin O’Neill, Billy Slater; Goals: Cameron Smith 1) defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 4 (Sam Perrett)
Round 16, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 20 (Krisnan Inu 2, Ben Barba, Josh Morris; Goals: Krisnan Inu 2) defeated Melbourne Storm 4 (Anthony Quinn)