The Canberra Raiders defeated the Gold Coast Titans in round 1 and looked very solid in doing so. In a scrappy game at times, the ‘green machine’ maintained their defensive intensity for the full 80 minutes as they held a team scoreless for the first time since 2013. English import John Bateman looked very solid as he registered 36 tackles and 150+ metres, as well as Jack Wighton who had a successful first stint in the halves. They will now turn their attention to a solid Storm side.Melbourne Storm
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defeated the Brisbane Broncos in typical Melbourne Storm fashion, they were professional and superior in every aspect across the park. Cameron Smith continued to show why he is touted as one of the best players to ever live as he recorded 49 tackles and was comprehensive in the victory, fullback Jahrome Hughes proved that he is more than ready to fill Billy Slater’s boots with a scintillating performance where he scored a try and ran for a whopping for 224 metres. Melbourne will be fresh after an eight-day turnaround.SQUAD NEWSCanberra RaidersCanberra will welcome back international winger Jordan Rapana this week after injuring his shoulder last November whilst playing for New Zealand, it was expected Rapana would miss until at least round 6, however he will take his place in the side this week replacing rookie Bailey Simonsson. Dunamis Lui has been named to start after starting from the bench last week, as Iosia Soliola will be on the interchange bench.Raiders 21-man squad: 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2 Nick Cotric 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Jordan Rapana 6 Jack Wighton 7 Aidan Sezer 8 Josh Papalii 9 Josh Hodgson 10 Sia Soliola 11 Joe Tapine 12 Elliott Whitehead 13 John Bateman Interchange: 14 Siliva Havili 15 Ryan Sutton 16 Iosia Sloliola 17 Corey Horsburgh Reserves: 18 Sam Williams 19 JJ Collins 20 Bailey Simonsson 21 Jack MurchieMelbourne StormThe only change from the Storm side from last week is that Tom Eisenhuth will be missing for some time after fracturing his Larynx, he will replaced on the bench by Patrick Kaufusi.Melbourne Storm 21-man squad: 1 Jahrome Hughes 2 Suliasi Vunivalu 3 William Chambers 4 Curtis Scott 5 Joshua Addo-Carr 6 Cameron Munster 7 Brodie Croft 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11 Felise Kaufusi 12 Kenny Bromwich 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith 15 Christian Welch 16 Tui Kamikamica 17 Patrick Kaufusi. Reserves: 18 Marion Seve 19 Albert Vete 20 Ryan Papenhuyzen 21 Billy Walters
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