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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.

The Rundown

Team news

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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Justin Olam
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Marion Seve
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Raiders is number 17 Michael Oldfield
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Cameron Smith
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Corey Horsburgh

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Brandon Smith
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tino Faasuamaleaui
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Christian Welch
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Max King
    Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Jordan Rapana

Reserves

  • Reserve for Storm is number 19 Brenko Lee
    Reserve for Raiders is number 19 Matt Frawley
  • Reserve for Storm is number 20 Ryley Jacks
    Reserve for Raiders is number 21 Tom Starling

Storm Ins

  • Brandon Smith
  • Brenko Lee
  • Christian Welch
  • Ryley Jacks

Raiders Ins

  • Jordan Rapana
  • Matt Frawley
  • Tom Starling

Storm Outs

  • Tom Eisenhuth
  • Tui Kamikamica

Raiders Ins

  • Bailey Simonsson