What we learnt: Raiders v Storm

22 July 2017
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What we learnt:  Raiders v Storm

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1.  Storm too good for the Raiders

The competition leading Melbourne Storm managed to hold off the Canberra Raiders to win 20-14 despite losing two of their superstars – Cameron Smith and Billy Slater – to injury. Dale Finucane (with a double) and Will Chambers crossed for the Storm, while Aidan Sezer (double) and Nick Cotric crossed for the Raiders. The Storm remain in 1st place on the ladder on 32 points, while the Raiders are on 18 points in 10th place.  

2. CS9 owners sweating

There’ll be more than a few fantasy coaches sweating on Cameron Smith’s prognosis following the champion hooker’s departure from tonight’s game with a tit muscle injury. ‘God’ left the field in the 44th minute and didn’t return. And while Smith seemingly downplayed the seriousness of the injury in the after-match press conference, fears are that he could be spending 4-6 weeks on the sideline (if not longer). Ouch!

3. Sezer tops the scoring

Aidan Sezer has shown very little fantasy form since moving from the Titans to the Raiders a few years ago. However, tonight he scored 73* points courtesy of a try-scoring double, though his base stats weren’t anything to write home about (as per usual). Depsite tonight's showing, he's not really a factor in the fantasy world at this end of the season. 

4.   Will he play, won’t he play?

That was the question facing the 15% of fantasy coaches who own Curtis Scott throughout the week. In the end, those coaches who rushed him into their scoring 17 once the final teams were named an hour before kick-off, would’ve wished they hadn’t as he was absent for large portions of the game. The end result, a disappointing score of 16* points.

5. Fails everywhere

This game was noteworthy for the number of disappointing fantasy performances from popular players. The culprits included Jordan Rapana (20*), Joey Leilua (of course!) (11*), Cooper Cronk (17*), Felise Kaufusi (28*), along with CS9 (37*) and Curtis Scott. Needless to say, coaches owning these players will want their scores to improve next week. 

*Scores do not include updates

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