Sport Melbourne Storm, Canberra Raiders rest stars for last NRL leading into finals push

03:16  23 september  2020
03:16  23 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Storm v Raiders : Nelson over hamstring woes; Bateman sidelined. 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

Canberra Raiders lose Josh Hodgson to serious knee injury in loss to Storm . Canberra ' luckless night was summed up in the 55th minute when Elliott Whitehead was ruled to have knocked the ball NRL referee Grant Atkins, who was front and centre in last week's controversy at Lottoland, penalised

Twenty-nine top NRL players have been left out of final-round squads as the top eight teams give their stars a break before the finals.

With second spot locked up, Melbourne has led the charge with 12 changes, while Canberra has sat out nine players despite still being in top-four contention.

Parramatta, Newcastle and South Sydney are the only finals-bound teams to go with their best possible side, with the Eels fourth, and the Knights and Rabbitohs vying for a home final by finishing sixth.

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Canberra Raiders upset Melbourne Storm 12-10 in the second qualifying final in a match in which a touch judge called Suliasi Vunivalu out when he was not, the Raiders The Roosters welcomed back several stars and ran roughshod over a team that had beaten them in a “dead rubber” last round.

Storm v Raiders : Croft odd man out; Raiders at full strength. Cameron Munster is expected to play after sitting out last week's game, but his shoulder might still be a little tender after he The Storm and Raiders split their season series with a pair of away wins but the most significant came only a few

It comes after 18 straight weeks of football, with no byes or representative rounds, since the competition's restart in May.

For Melbourne, not one player will start in the same position they did last week, while they have five uncapped rookies on their eight-man extended bench.

Skipper Cameron Smith and five-eighth Cameron Munster, as well as Jesse Bromwich, Josh Addo-Carr and Jahrome Hughes will all skip the clash with St George Illawarra.

Kenny Bromwich and Suliasi Vunivalu are out while young gun Tino Fa'asuamaleaui — the only Storm player to have featured in every match this season — is battling a calf issue.

Star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen will captain the side for the first time, with the 22-year-old becoming the team's fourth skipper for the year.

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NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent has taken aim at the Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders after the clubs made wholesale changes to their line-ups for the final Two finals bound clubs have copped serious criticism from a long-time NRL host over their line-up choices for the final game of the season.

Final score Melbourne Storm 10 Canberra Raiders 12. After stunning the ladder leaders earlier this year can the Canberra Raiders pull off another upset, this time with much They do welcome back a host of rested stars though including Nicoll-Klokstad, Jordan Rapana, John Bateman and Iosia

He replaces Nicho Hynes, who moves to the bench and is the only player from last week's starting side who will play this weekend.

That decision is as much about restricting same-day travel time from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney as it is saving miles in the players' legs.

"A lot of the players have played plenty of footy without a doubt, but probably the biggest [factor] is the travel," coach Craig Bellamy told SEN.

"We're playing the last game of the round on Sunday afternoon so … we could have a five, or at best a six-day turnaround [into the finals].

"So that's part of the thinking in trying to be as fresh but also as well prepared as we can be for the final."

Raiders hand out four debuts

At Canberra, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Jack Wighton, George Williams, Jarrod Croker, John Bateman and Josh Papalii are among those sitting out the match with Cronulla, with four players named to make their NRL or club debuts.

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Centre Jordan Rapana has a "minor knee injury", while forwards Joe Tapine and Elliott Whitehead are being rested.

They will welcome back Sia Soliola for his first match since suffering a serious facial fracture 12 weeks ago.

George Williams will be replaced at halfback by Sam Williams, who will captain the side in his first game this year.

He will be partnered in the halves by Matt Frawley, making his club debut, while fullback Adam Cook and bench players Darby Medlyn and Jarrett Subloo will play their first NRL games.

The Raiders can leapfrog the Eels for fourth spot if they beat the Sharks by enough to overcome an 18-point difference in for-and-against, provided Parramatta does not beat the Tigers on Saturday.

The Sharks will play Wade Graham in the halves but won't have Josh Dugan and Sione Katoa as they manage minor niggles.

Both trained on Tuesday and will be fine for the finals.

Isaac Liu, Lindsay Collins and Joey Manu will not play for the Sydney Roosters against South Sydney, but James Tedesco, Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend and Siosiua Taukeiaho have all been named to return.

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