The Melbourne Storm host the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at AAMI Park on Sunday, September 14 in the second NRL elimination final. The match kicks off at 4.10pm (AEST).. Watch NRL Live Online HD TV on Your PC, iPad, Mac, Android, iPhone. Everyone watch the live NRL live stream and other sporting events live has so easy. When you talk about a major sporting event, this term is one of the best. Get instant access to the widest possible coverage of NFL matches on the web directly to your desktop from anywhere. Just sign up and start watching Now..
What: NRL 2nd Elimination Final
Who: Storm v Bulldogs
When: Sunday, September 14 – 4.10pm (AEST)
Where: AAMI Park
I Can Watch It On: Channel 9
The opening week of the NRL finals concludes with a blockbuster sudden death contest between 2012 Grand Finalists the Bulldogs and Storm.
Only two years after contesting the big dance both the Storm and Bulldogs will be playing for their 2014 seasons in this clash, with the loser sent packing straight to the nearest travel agent to start planning their end-of-season getaway.
Although these two clubs finished the regular season almost neck-and-neck on the ladder in sixth and seventh position, there is no doubt which team heads into this clash with the upper hand.
The Bulldogs have been in dire form over the past couple of months, winning only two games during their past eight encounters - and those two wins came against the struggling Tigers and unpredictable Eels.
In fact, the club's last triumph against top eight opposition came against the Storm way back in July in a finals-like fixture played at AAMI park where the Bulldogs scraped through 6-4 winners.
Since then Canterbury have been a club in free-fall, with the club struggling significantly to create consistent attacking opportunities down in the opposition's final third, leaving the side looking nonplussed with the ball on numerous occasions.
There is a sense that other clubs have figured the Bulldogs attack out, with their short passes between the forwards being shut out quickly during recent months.
However you could argue that Des Hasler has his side exactly where he wants them at this stage of the season - under that ever-present radar. Although you can't help but feeling like the Bulldogs 2014 season could mirror the efforts of last year - finishing in the lower half of the eight and then succumbing meekly in the opening week of the finals.
Melbourne meanwhile are in solid form heading into this clash, winning three of their past four matches to give themselves a chance of claiming the premiership in 2014.
However the Storm must start from the unfamiliar position of sixth this year - the lowest the club have finished since 2005 (excluding the 2010 salary cap docked-points season).
Could the prospect of playing sudden death football straight off the bat worry the battle-hardened Storm outfit? The club will no doubt be sweating over the fitness of star skipper Cameron Smith who has been under an injury cloud all week after picking up an ankle injury last week.
There is no doubt that Melbourne head into this game with the better form and the confidence and star-power needed to win the big games at the business end of the season.
They will be weary of the Bulldogs however, after the blue-and-whites defeated them in their previous two matches this season.
Bryan Norrie returns to the starting forward pack for Melbourne, with Jordan McLean dropping back to an extended bench that also includes Dayne Weston and Justin O'Neill.
The Bulldogs meanwhile welcome back Dale Finucane from suspension on a seven-man bench, with Reni Maitua, Harlan Alaalatoa and Pat O'Hanlon joining the side.
Melbourne Storm Team
1. Billy Slater, 2. Sisa Waqa, 3. William Chambers, 4. Mahe Fonua, 5. Marika Koroibete, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Bryan Norrie, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe
Interchange: 14. Tim Glasby, 15. Tohu Harris, 16. Junior Moors, 17. Jordan McLean, 18. Dayne Weston, 19. Justin O'Neill
Canterbury Bulldogs Team
1. Sam Perrett, 2. Corey Thompson, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Tim Lafai, 5. Mitch Brown, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Michael Ennis, 10. James Graham, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Tony Williams, 13. Greg Eastwood
Interchange: 15. Dale Finucane, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Frank Pritchard, 19. Moses Mbye, 20. Reni Maitua, 21. Harlan Alaalatoa, 22. Pat O'Hanlon