The Raiders opened the scoring through a penalty goal in their clash with the High-Flying Storm.
It came on the back of high tackle from Cameron Munster’s halfback Brad Schneider.
The Storm came close to scoring on the afternoon’s first attempt in a game that would have sent Raiders coach Ricky Stuart Gray. Matthew Timoko collects the ball in-goal and attempts to land the ball only to be grounded by Storm.
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Fortunately for Timoko, the referee picked up the knock-on and the attempt was rejected.
But Storm eventually scored the first four-pointer through Harry Grant. Livewire went out of the No. 9 dummy-half as Fox League analyst Steve Roach announced “there’s your next Australian hooker out there.”
They doubled with the passing of Jarome Hughes six minutes later.
Fox League commentator Warren Smith said two turned into three, adding that the Stars of the Storm “triggered” the Raiders.
Pint-sized Raiders hooker Tom Starling was no match for Munster, passing Corey Horsberg and passing Ryan Papenhuizen to score.
The Raiders hit back through powerhouse winger Semi Velemi, who went off a Papenhuizen and Brandon Smith tried to score.
Papenhuyzen came off the bump and looked a bit worn out and left the field for an HIA. But luckily he passed and returned to the ground as soon as the second half began.
If their win-win-lose trend in the opening month of the season tells us anything, it’s that the Raiders will return to the winning circle this week.
However, take a look at their protest and it is a different story.
The Raiders host a Storm side that is fresh from the Bulldogs’ spectacular 44-nil thrashing last week.
While the dogs didn’t put up much of a fight, Melbourne deserved all the praise that came with the victory.
Superstar Ryan Papenhuizen scored 28 of the Storm’s 44 points with a stunning four-attempt performance from his six conversions.
Canberra coach Ricky Stuart will undoubtedly be giving his men strict orders to keep a close eye on Papenhuizen.
Craig Bellamy named the same 17 as last week, while Stuart recalled Ryan Sutton who will play his first NRL game of the season after spending the opening round in the reserve grade. Sutton replaced Hudson Young in the second row.
Attacker: 1. Charnz Nichol-Klokstedt 2. Nick Kotrick 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Semi Vallemy 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Zack Whitten 7. Brad Schneider 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Tom Starling 10. Joseph Tappin 19. Ryan Sutton 12. Corey Harvera-Naira 13. Elliot Whitehead 14. Matt Frawley 15. Emre Guler 16. Adam Elliott 17. Corey Horsberg. Replacement Player: 18. Xavier Savage
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Nick Meaney 3. Remis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jharome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felice Kaufucci 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Brandon Smith 15. Alec Macdonald 16. Trent Loero 17. Tepee Moroa. Replacement Player: 21. Jayden Nikorim
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