2020 Rd 09 Raiders vs Storm, GIO

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Raiders
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Storm

Raiders

Two  big injuries have rocked the Raiders pack. Soliola is out for the  regular season and Guler until Rd 17-19. The latest on Bateman is they  are targeting Rd 14. A lot of eyes have been on Sutton this week with an  expectation he would get a start. There's likely some value there and  he looks likely to see more regular minutes even from the bench. We  don't like his PPM with extra minutes so much though. It has been very  variable in the past. We'll be watching to see how the minutes play out  this week.

Hudson Young looks to have good potential until Bateman returns, He only  saw an $11K bump last week and comes into Rd 9 with a BE around 30 and  hopefully dropping. Tapine at lock will be interesting. His PPM there in  the past has been quite variable and prone to mass negatives on  occasions. We have him at 55 minutes for 44 points at this stage.

Storm

There's  some mind games going on with Munster's expected return. He was on Fox  Sports on Monday night declaring he was still 5 weeks away but come  Tuesday he was named on the extended bench. Frank Ponissi stated that he  was making an astounding recovery and was an outside chance for this  week. Not likely in our eyes but next week becomes a possibility.

Ryley Jacks has been named to start at Five-Eight with Smith at Hooker  and Brandon back to the bench. They are back to a 4 forward bench of  Brandon Smith, NAS, Tino and Tom Eisenhuth. There are many looking at  Eisenhuth from the last 2 weeks and convincing themselves he is a cash  cow - Not Likely! Eisenhuth is there as a utility who can play edge or  Centre, which is all they need to have every position on the field  covered. Expect him to be back to negligible minutes, unless injuries  happen. You need to look at the reasons why he got those minutes the  last 2 weeks.

Vunivalu  is out with a hamstring injury. No return date as yet. Seve takes his  place on the Wing.There are a few holds in the Storm team at present,  nobody we would jump at as a buy though.