The Melbourne Storm have propelled themselves back into the top eight after dispatching Canberra 28-14 at AAMI Park.
Melbourne head into the clash with Canberra in unfamiliar territory in that they don't enjoy the luxury of wins in the bank approaching the finals.
The Storm are hopeful they can re-sign young halfback Ben Hampton in what is shaping to be a player market of mixed success for the Victorian club.
Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk says the Storm need to lift across the board in order to play finals football this season - and he expects nothing less.
Storm beware - the Raiders will arrive at AAMI Park looking to make it four straight wins in Melbourne.
The fortress that was once AAMI Park has proven to be nothing of the sort in 2014, with the Storm losing four times at home this season.
Melbourne Storm and Sunshine Coast Falcons formalise a three-year partnership that will strengthen the struggling Intrust Super Cup outfit from 2015.
Despite his side’s narrow 6-4 loss to the Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy was pleased with the side’s best defensive effort of the season.
The Canterbury Bulldogs have produced an outstanding defensive effort to hold off the Storm in Melbourne on Saturday night.
Two teams brimming with Origin stars clash at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with the Bulldogs the only NRL side to hold a winning record over the Storm.