Storm v Raiders: Munster, Kaufusi return; Raiders lose Whitehead, Cotric

Consecutive losses to Manly and Cronulla have set the Storm back on their heels but they'll be hoping a return to home soil can spark a turnaround on Sunday.

The Storm have been in out of sorts in attack with Cameron Munster missing and their defence will be causing headaches for coach Craig Bellamy with 64 points conceded in the past two weeks.

Canberra had a chance to recharge the batteries with a bye and they remain very much in the finals hunt with games against the Warriors, Titans, Knights and Tigers still to come.

The Raiders' star five-eighth Jack Wighton may have been unlucky to miss out on Origin selection but the flip side is he'll be fresh and ready to fire against the Storm.

The Rundown
Team news

Storm: Cameron Munster has been named to return at five-eighth after COVID ruled him out of Origin so Nick Meaney goes back to the wing. Harry Grant will also back up after playing for Queensland. Felise Kaufusi has returned from personal leave in the USA and comes into the back row with Chris Lewis dropping to the reserves. Hooker Brandon Smith will miss the next three games after he was banned at the judiciary on Tuesday for contrary conduct. Kenny Bromwich (ankle) has been named to play.

Raiders: Adam Elliott and James Schiller came into the starting side on Saturday with skipper Elliott Whitehead and Nick Cotric out. Corey Horsburgh has dropped off the bench. Corey Harawira-Naera, Emre Guler and Albert Hopoate are the new faces on the interchange.

Maroons prop Josh Papali'i has been named and will be monitored after the Origin decider. Jack Wighton was part of the extended NSW squad but he'll be on deck for the Green Machine.

Key match-up
Jahrome Hughes vs Jamal Fogarty: If the Storm are to get back on track after two disappointing performances their No.7 will need to be at the heart of the revival. The 27-year-old tries his guts out every week, darting and scheming, kicking long and short to try and get Melbourne on the front foot, so the Raiders need to be on high alert to try and negate his influence. Fogarty has strung together five games on the trot after injury cost him the first half of the season and he's a key figure in Ricky Stuart's plans. Watch for Fogarty to take the line on at every opportunity and expose any lazy defenders around the ruck.

Stat Attack
The Storm sit second in the NRL for line breaks with 91, behind only Cronulla (94). The Raiders have mustered just 52 line breaks across 16 games to sit equal last in the category with the Bulldogs.


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