The Raiders have battled back gamely, but they have an awful lot of ground to make up. All rights reserved. 39 mins: Valemi has not enjoyed a great night so far and he’s under pressure again in defence, making a meal of Smith’s kick on last tackle. Hudson Young 11. 45 mins: Melbourne settle themselves and Hughes is again instrumental with a dart down the right edge that Vunivalu almost profits from. Olam, Finucane and Welch all hit the line hard for Melbourne until they open up on halfway on tackle four. Storm then kick early in their set, sending the Raiders miles back on their heels and the resulting chase is superb - as is the defensive set - making Canberra kick from their own 30m line! Rule tweaks and some quick-witted ball players have turned the 2020 NRL season into momentum-ball. It was routine handling, apart from a neat flick pass from Rapana in contact for the try assist. 200 NRL games for our co-vice cap tonight.Congrats Dale, thanks for 134 matches in purple pic.twitter.com/OSb4qsuptT. It’s up to the Raiders to make some magic happen - and they do just that! The winger leaps miles in the air and slaps the ball infield in a motion that’s as much a pass as a tap, incredible athleticism, and as the balll ands and bobbles it jumps into the waiting arms of the fortunate Finucane who tumbles across the line taking Nicoll-Klokstad with him. It’s all in the first or second pass corridor where the Storm playmakers are just holding onto the pass an extra beat and either stepping out into space or feeding a runner with a gap to thump into. 47 mins: Melbourne fail to complete a set for the first time tonight and decent attacking position is conceded. Jarrod Croker 4. The Raiders have something to build on, finally. That’ll do it. The Raiders thrive as underdogs. In response, Melbourne stuff it up the jumpers of their biggest big boys and run down the clock. 77 mins: The Raiders are playing fast and loose but it’s not coming off. Here come the Raiders, typically dazzling in lime green, offset by crisp white shorts. That’s a nice touch from Craig Bellamy, giving his skipper a virtual lap of honour. Penrith and Melbourne finished first and second respectively on the regular season ladder. It was as one-sided as you could imagine for such a high-stakes contest. Semi Valemi 3. First up we have live coverage of Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders. Apparently he is an acrobat as well Some Vunivalu footwork puts the @storm in for #3! #NRLStormRaiders 24-6 after 31 mins.#TelstraPremiership pic.twitter.com/AqegJ7KGlj. In the previous 13 finals series all but one (Cowboys 2015) premiership has been claimed by a qualifying final-winning side from the top four on the ladder. “In the end it is only a game of football,” Bellamy said. As a result of restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, the Storm were forced to play the remainder of the season outside their home state, with the club winning their home games at Kogarah Oval and Suncorp Stadium, before playing their remaining six home games at Sunshine Coast Stadium, which all resulted in wins.