Craig Bellamy’s Storm face an in-form Canberra Raiders for a sudden-death clash at AAMI Park.
Ricky Stuart’s side have won their last four games, including a 56-10 point rout of the struggling Tigers without key players Jack Wighton and Elliott Whitehead.
The team from the nation’s capital completed a stunning charge to the finals and are one of the form teams of the competition coming into this contest.
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Raiders powerbrokers reportedly pleaded with NRL officials to schedule their finals clash on Sunday, hoping to extend their six-day turnaround.
Meanwhile, Melbourne were afforded nine days to rest and prepare for this crucial clash after a season filled with injuries.
Bellamy is without Papenhuyzen, Welch and Jennings, while Jahrome Hughes has been battling a calf injury.
The Storm are still red-hot favourites to proceed through to the next week of finals, with marquee man Cameron Munster set to star.
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