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Storm is well aware of the threat the Canberra side poses ahead of Saturday night’s Preliminary final.

The Raiders have enjoyed their best finish to a season since 1995 on the back of their well-balance line up.

With a potent edge attack supported by an aggressive forward pack there will be plenty coming the way of the purple wall.

Storm is preparing for exactly that.

“They’ve got good players all around the park,” fullback Cameron Munster said.

“Jordan Rapana and Leilua on that right side have been really damaging this year and they’ve also got Jarrod Croker and Edrick Lee on that other side.

“They’ve got a really strong back five and we know we’ve got to play really well to nullify them but also to not give their forward pack as much momentum in the first 10 minutes. We need to start strong.”

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Melbourne find themselves in the same position they did last year, a Preliminary final at home with a sport in the NRL Grand Final up for grabs.

The playing group is determined to not let that opportunity slip through their fingers.

“We can’t take anything for granted,” Munster said.

“We’ve got to play pretty well this weekend against the Raiders who have been in pretty good form this year.

“We’ve just to start really well and give a lot of energy in the first 10 minutes and we’ll go from there.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.