How to watch Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders NRL preliminary final live and free
A place in the 2020 NRL grand final is on the line when the Storm take on the Raiders at Suncorp Stadium. These are your viewing options.
The penultimate weekend of the 2020 NRL season is here, with rivals Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders ready to face off for a place in this year's grand final. The victor will take on either Penrith or South Sydney in the decider.
The Storm expect to be in this position virtually every season, with their consistency under coach Craig Bellamy to be admired. For the Raiders, they are desperate to atone for last year's grand final defeat to the Sydney Roosters.
When is Storm vs Raiders NRL preliminary final?
This huge showdown kicks off at 7:50pm AEDT on Friday 16 October at Suncorp Stadium. You can take a look back at our full 2020 NRL season draw here.
How to watch Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders
You have a range of options for tuning into this postseason clash. You can watch it on free-to-air on Channel 9, along with subscription services Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. We have a full viewing guide for the NRL season.
If you are interested in a range of special features to add to your viewing experience and the comfort of a 14-day free trial, you should consider Kayo Sports. For further information, check out our comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel.
Stream Storm vs Raiders on Kayo Sports
Once you decide to sign up, Kayo costs $25 a month and you can watch the action on two screens or devices at once. There is also a premium option for $35 a month which gives you an extra screen. You can cancel anytime. All the details are in our Kayo Sports review.
As mentioned, Kayo also has a wide variety of special features. They include SplitView, which lets you watch four sports at once on the same screen. Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and choose your own camera are also options.
Kayo is compatible with Mac and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
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Watch Raiders vs Storm from overseas?
For those outside of Australia the only way to guarantee you can watch the game live is via Watch NRL. Yes, you may find some other international broadcasters, but they can bump the match off the channel for something else if they choose to.
Currently there's a Finals Pass available on Watch NRL. It costs $89 and gives you access to every single game including the grand final, State of Origin, plus other NRL content from Fox League.
Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders team lists
Melbourne Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Brenko Lee 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicholas Hynes 18. Dale Finucane 19. Paul Momirovski
Canberra Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Tom Starling 10. Iosia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Sam Williams 19. Matthew Timoko
Who will win Melbourne vs Canberra?
After death and taxes, just about the next most reliable occurrence could be the Storm reaching this stage of an NRL season. Cameron Smith might be in his final campaign and he will surely want to go out with one more triumph in an NRL grand final.
But they will have an intense battle against a Canberra outfit that has found form at the right time of the year. Denied a drought-breaking premiership in a controversial grand final loss to the Roosters last year, they would love the chance to get over the line in 2020.
The teams split their match-ups this year, with the Raiders winning 22-6 in Melbourne in round 3 before the Storm squared the ledger 20-14 in Canberra in round 9. It's such a tight match to call, but we're leaning ever so slightly towards the Victorian outfit in a thriller.
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