What you need to know - Round 20
Top four opportunity
With the Sharks falling to the Broncos on Thursday night it opens the door for Storm to entrench themselves inside the top four on the NRL ladder. Should Melbourne take the points against Canberra, they will move two games clear in the top four with just five games to go. That is a significant opportunity and not one they would like to see go begging.
Match: Storm vs Raiders
Venue: AAMI Park
- Fox League
- LIVE PASS
Win or go home
The Canberra Raiders must win or their season is over. That is the cold, hard reality that is facing Ricky Stuart's men when they board the plan to Melbourne. They may sit in 10th and three wins outside the top tight but ladder position is irrelevant as the Green Machine always lift against Storm. With a big forward pack that hit hard, Melbourne know they will have to match the Raiders toughness if they are to extend their winning run to eight games.
Old boys weekend
One of the favourite weekends on the Melbourne Storm calendar. Around 30 former Storm players including Scott Hill, Michael Crocker, Brett Finch and Brett Kimmorley will be at AAMI Park on Saturday night. It is a long-standing tradition dating to 1999 for the Club's former players to come back to Melbourne to reminiscence of their days playing in the purple jersey. The current playing group always lift for the occasion, having lost just once during Old Boys weekend.
Big Purple Splash
Be in your seats by 7pm for the inaugural Big Purple Splash at AAMI Park! Personalities such as Married at First Sight's Telv Williams and even Storm CEO Dave Donaghy will be giving up their time to be dunked into purple water, all in the name of raising awareness for the Starlight Children's Foundation. This will be the first year of the event which has been created to support the foundation and the incredible work they do for seriously ill children and their families.