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NRL Match Preview: Raiders v Storm

The Toyota Forklifts Canberra Raiders look to make amends this weekend as they gear up to face Melbourne Storm at 7:35pm on Saturday night at AAMI Park, Melbourne.

Fresh off a disappointing 48-24 loss to the Wests Tigers, the Raiders will be looking to redeem themselves this Saturday night against the top-of-the-table Storm.

Melbourne come into this contest after securing a narrow 30-24 win against the Dolphins.

Talking Points

  • Jordan Martin will become Raider #398 after he was named on the Raiders bench to make his NRL debut. He replaces Emre Guler who moves back into the extended squad.
  • Nick Cotric has been ruled out with a minor ankle injury and has been replaced on the wing by Albert Hopoate.
  • Tom Starling has been named to start at hooker, returning from his concussion stand down, shifting Danny Levi to the bench and Zac Woolford to the extended squad.
  • The Raiders have won five of their past six games at AAMI Park, Melbourne.
  • Storm captain Harry Grant and winger Xavier Coates have both been named to back up after playing for the QLD Maroons in State of Origin Game Two on Wednesday night.
  • Melbourne’s centre Nick Meaney will miss the match due to a calf injury picked up in last week’s match against the Dolphins.

Yeah I'm really happy for him. Marto has had a couple of injuries and setbacks along his time here at the club. He's a tough kid and he's got a lot of skill for a big man.

Hudson Young on debutant Jordan Martin #359

Key Match-Up

Hudson Young v Eliesa Katoa

As the Raiders prepare to take on the Storm this Saturday night, the battle between the second rowers, Hudson Young and Eliesa Katoa, is set to be a highlight of the game.

Hudson Young has been a standout performer for the Raiders, scoring seven tries in just 13 appearances this season. His ability to find the try line showcases his knack for being in the right place at the right time.

With 119 average running metres, Hudson consistently makes significant ground, providing the Raiders with much-needed momentum.

Defensively, Hudson has proven to be a reliable defender for the Raiders, with 397 tackles made and an 89% tackle efficiency.

After missing selection for the NSW Blues in Game 2 of State of Origin, his motivation to prove himself will be a driving force for the Raiders.

Eliesa Katoa has been equally impressive for the Storm, scoring seven tries in 14 appearances this season, and matching Hudson's average of 119 running metres per game.

Katoa’s defensive stats are also notable, with 462 tackles made and a 92.6% tackle efficiency, making him a formidable opponent.

This clash of second rowers is set to be a critical factor in determining the outcome of this Saturday’s clash at AAMI Park.


This will be the 54th matchup between the two clubs, with the Storm holding 37 wins against the Raiders 16.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders 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.