April 15th, 2014, 08:03 PM
Canberra Raiders welcome back Joel Edwards for Storm NRL clash
The Canberra Raiders will welcome back second rower Joel Edwards from concussion in the only team change for the Easter Sunday home clash with Melbourne.
Edwards sat out last week's loss to Newcastle after suffering back-to-back head knocks in the previous two matches, and replaces Jarrad Kennedy.
The 25-year-old's inclusion is a big boost for the Raiders, who are looking to snap a record six-game home losing streak against the Storm.
Canberra [2-4] desperately needs to win after losing its past two games against Penrith and the Knights.
Meanwhile, Melbourne is likely to be without centre Will Chambers after he was cited for a shoulder charge by the judiciary on Dragons fullback Josh Dugan in Monday night's win at AAMI Park.
Chambers can accept a two match ban if he takes the early plea, but will risk three weeks if he fights the charge and loses.
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April 15th, 2014, 07:51 PMRaiders seek payback for record loss
Every NRL player remembers his 100th outing, and few more so than Canberra utility Josh McCrone.
"I set a record for my 100th game, the biggest loss for the Raiders," McCrone said, wryly.
The 68-4 drubbing at the hands of the Melbourne Storm in round 21 last year was made more humiliating by the fact it was in front of 10,826 fans at Canberra Stadium.
But they'll have an opportunity for revenge this Sunday when the two sides meet again at the same venue.
Just how big an impact that loss had on the Raiders' psyche is impossible to measure, yet statistics help outline a rough picture.
The Raiders had won 12 straight matches at home until that drubbing, but now haven't won a game at Canberra Stadium in six consecutive outings.
It would also spell the beginning of the end for the club's promising 2013 season, going on to lose their final five remaining games, as well as coach David Furner.
"Embarrassing," hooker Glen Buttriss said in summing up the loss.
"We haven't really talked about it at this stage. But as the game gets a bit closer I think we'll be trying to get one back on the Melbourne Storm."
However, vice-captain Brett White played down the significance of last year's record defeat, saying the 2014 outfit was a completely new team under new coach Ricky Stuart.
"Anything that happened last year doesn't affect this year. We're heading in a different direction," White said.
April 15th, 2014, 07:48 PM
NYC: CANBERRA RAIDERS V MELBOURNE STORM
SUNDAY APRIL 20, 12.45PM, GIO STADIUM
Raiders Holden Cup Team
1. Ricky Garard
2. Trae Clarke
3. Brenko Lee
4. Jared McIlwrick
5. Lachlan Hurst
6. Matthew Frawley
7. Andrew Heffernan
8. Jules Webley
9. Trent Schubach
10. Mitchell Barnett
11. Patrick Mago (C)
12. Scott Doyle
13. Luke Bateman (C)
14. Jamal Nchouki
15. Josh Baker
April 15th, 2014, 07:46 PMStorm NYC Team List
Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm
Sunday 20 April, 12:45pm
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Junior Kirisome
3. Niua Finau Puaka
4. Reubenn Rennie
5. Josh Minhinnick
6. Cameron Munster
7. Brayden Torpy
8. Christian Welch (c)
9. Billy Brittain
10. Rhys Kennedy
11. Joe Stimson
12. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
13. Dean Britt
14. Aaron Teroi
15. Shae Ah Fook
16. Francis Tualau
17. Vincent Rennie
April 15th, 2014, 07:37 PM
Joel Edwards returns from a week’s rest to face the Storm on Sunday afternoon at GIO Stadium, in the only change to the team which lost to the Knights in round six.
Edwards replaces Jarrad Kennedy in the Raiders back row, with Kennedy becoming the 18th man for the Raiders on Sunday.
NRL: CANBERRA RAIDERS V MELBOURNE STORM
SUNDAY APRIL 20, 3.00PM, GIO STADIUM
1. Anthony Milford
2. Reece Robinson
3. Jarrod Croker
4. Matt Allwood
5. Bill Tupou
6. Jack Wighton
7. Terry Campese (C)
8. David Shillington
9. Glen Buttriss
10. Brett White
11. Josh Papalii
12. Joel Edwards
13. Shaun Fensom
14. Josh McCrone
15. Paul Vaughan
16. Dane Tilse
17. Shannon Boyd
18. Jarrad Kennedy
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