Two of the NRL's premiership contenders will have plenty to play for when they line up in round three.
Canberra were impressive in knocking over the Titans and the Warriors to start the season and will be close to full strength after the two-month break due to the competition shutdown.
Melbourne got off to their annual good start with a win over Manly, followed by a tight victory over Cronulla. The Storm have relocated to Melbourne after a short stint in Albury.
Match: Storm v Raiders
Round 3 -
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
- Live Pass
Storm: Tui Kamikamica is out with a back problem but his absence is offset by the return of and Brandon Smith and Christian Welch. Craig Bellamy said Kiwi international Nelson Asofa-Solomona was in no doubt for the clash and he expected the giant front-rower to be primed for a big performance against last year's runners-up. Asofa-Solomona had been battling hamstring issues during the earlier parts of the season. Tom Eisenhuth and Darryn Schonig were the first two cut from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off. The Storm are aiming for a 3-0 start for the seventh time in the past nine seasons.
Raiders: Winger Bailey Simonsson was ruled out on Friday with a minor leg infection and his place in the starting side is taken by Michael Oldfield. That sees Jordan Rapana come into the 17 after rejoining the club after a brief stint in Japanese rugby. John Bateman remains on the sidelines after shoulder surgery. Kai O'Donnell was the other player omitted on Friday. Canberra defeated the Storm twice at AAMI Park in 2019.
Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan PapenhuyzenFullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi VunivaluWinger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
Centre for Storm is number 3 Justin OlamCentre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
Centre for Storm is number 4 Marion SeveCentre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-CarrWinger for Raiders is number 17 Michael Oldfield
Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron MunsterFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome HughesHalfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse BromwichProp for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron SmithHooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-SolomonaProp for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale FinucaneLock for Raiders is number 13 Corey Horsburgh
Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon SmithInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tino FaasuamaleauiInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
Interchange for Storm is number 16 Christian WelchInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
Interchange for Storm is number 17 Max KingInterchange for Raiders is number 18 Jordan Rapana
Reserve for Storm is number 19 Brenko LeeReserve for Raiders is number 19 Matt Frawley
Reserve for Storm is number 20 Ryley JacksReserve for Raiders is number 21 Tom Starling
- Brandon Smith
- Brenko Lee
- Christian Welch
- Ryley Jacks
- Jordan Rapana
- Matt Frawley
- Tom Starling
- Tom Eisenhuth
- Tui Kamikamica
- Bailey Simonsson