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Round 14 - Sunday 16th June @ 03:00pm
16
L: 2
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Round 14 - Sunday 16th June @ 03:00pm
STORM vs. KNIGHTS
AAMI Park
14
L: 9
H-T: 8
16
#NRLSOUCSH
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H-T: 10
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FULLTIME - a tough loss for the Knights, they tried valiantly but it wasn't enough, the Storm's class getting them home despite a poor kicking game.

Melbourne Storm 16-14

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Newcastle throwing everything at the Storm. A Mullen bomb is defused by Waqa.

Melbourne Storm 16-14

74

Errors massively costing Newcastle. McManus away down the touchline but loses it after a tackle from Waqa.

Melbourne Storm 16-14

71

TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Billy Slater. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Well then - a beautiful little inside ball sees Billy Slater cross almost untouched, and better his position. Cam Smith adds the two to put his side in front for the first time today.

Melbourne Storm 16-14

65

Knights error at the play-the-ball by Travis Waddell. Storm scrum on halfway.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

63

The Storm's kicking game has been noticeably worse without Cronk. By contrast, Mullen and Roberts have been superb.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

59

Silly pass from Korbin Sims, who finds Brett Finch. Oops!

Newcastle Knights 14-10

57

Storm line dropout, well forced by the Knights. Slater taken dead, he's looking a bit fragile.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

56

Mitch Garbutt comes on to make his debut. Game hanging in the balance at the moment...

Newcastle Knights 14-10

51

Uate spills it inside his own half. Storm then get a penalty... they take the tap and play on.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

49

Jason Ryles now tries to bomb it. Straight over the dead ball line.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

47

Knights force a dropout, shortly after Joey Leilua is over in the corner, but he's tried a one-handed put-down and dropped it. Storm 20m restart.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

45

Jason Ryles thinks he's the playmaker, puts a grubber through that goes dead very quickly. Knights 20m restart.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

44

Error from Dane Gagai attempting an intercept. Storm with a scrum just 20m from the Knights line. Plenty of pressure.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

43

Newcastle forced into a line dropout by a clever Gareth Widdop chip and chase. Uate puts it dead.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

40

Play resumes at AAMI Park. Storm with it first.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

40

HALFTIME - the Storm have struck back but it's the Knights who dominated. They're up by four but will need to lift a gear to keep the hosts out.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

37

TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Sisa Waqa. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

As they invariably do, the Storm strike just before halftime. Waqa takes advantage of an overlap out wide, Smith converts.

Newcastle Knights 14-10

33

Storm threatening but not able to find the finishing touch just at the moment. Newcastle defending well.

Newcastle Knights 14-4

30

Knights almost get a try near the dead ball line off a great grubber, but it rolls dead just before the chaser gets to it. Video referee says no. Storm 20m restart

Newcastle Knights 14-4

29

Penalty for Newcastle pushes them deep into Storm territory again.

Newcastle Knights 14-4

27

TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Joseph Leilua. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Beautiful cross kick from Jarrod Mullen, takes advantage of Sisa Waqa coming in... Leilua grabs it and scores his second! Roberts converts.

Newcastle Knights 14-4

24

Storm error from Justin O'Neill, trying to force the pass. Knights scrum inside the Storm 40m!

Newcastle Knights 8-4

22

Newcastle giving the Storm plenty of trouble down the right channel (Storm's left side). Uate looking strong til an error gives the home side a scrum.

Newcastle Knights 8-4

18

Bruising defence from Brett Finch on James McManus as the latter runs the ball out of his own end!

Newcastle Knights 8-4

16

TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Maurice Blair. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

A great short ball before the line sees Blair score for the Storm. Cam Smith pushes the conversion attempt wide.

Newcastle Knights 8-4

14

Will Chambers held up over the line on tackle one. Desperate defence from Newcastle.

Newcastle Knights 8-0

14

Melbourne with a panicked fifth tackle, they throw it around hot potato... and then they get six again.

And then a penalty.

Newcastle Knights 8-0

11

SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Penalty goal attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Finch gives away a penalty, Roberts adds the two points.

Newcastle Knights 8-0

9

Leilua & Proctor almost come to blows... under the new rules reported this morning that's a no no... so they keep their fists in their pockets. Play on, Storm fifth tackle deep in their own half.

Newcastle Knights 6-0

7

TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Joseph Leilua. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Joey Leilua heads to the corner, bounces off a defender and scores out wide. Roberts converts.

Newcastle Knights 6-0

5

Penalty Knights. Earlier Billy Slater came up limping after copping a knee to the thigh. He's okay now.

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Good long kick from Mullen to find touch early. Looking to avoid the dangerous Slater kick return.

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Storm in their heritage jersey, harking back to their first season in the NRL. Newcastle in white. Knights first ball.

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Big chance for the Knights with Cooper Cronk rested for Melbourne - will the visitors take advantage or will Finch fill in comfortably for the Maroons half? Kickoff minutes away.

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TEAM NEWS - the Knights have confirmed several changes to their lineup. OUT are Kevin Naiqama, Adam Clydsdale, Neville Costigan and the injured David Fa'alogo. Coming into the side are Akuila Uate on the wing, Beau Scott to the second row, Craig Gower and Adam Cuthbertson on the bench. Chris Houston drops back to the bench.

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In TEAM NEWS, the Storm have dropped a bombshell with Queensland half Cooper Cronk out. Junior Moors is also omitted from the team named earlier this week. In come #20 Brett Finch at halfback and a debutant in #18 Mitch Garbutt on the bench.

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Melbourne are back in some form after a May slump - they'll be looking to flex their muscle today against a Knights team that started strongly in 2013 but has now lost five of its past six.

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Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Sisa Waqa 3. Will Chambers 4. Maurice Blair 5. Justin O'Neill 6. Gareth Widdop 20. Brett Finch 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Bryan Norrie 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe
Interchange: 14. Jason Ryles 15. Tohu Harris 17. Jordan McLean 18. Mitch Garbutt

Knights: 1. Darius Boyd 2. James McManus 3. Dane Gagai 4. Joey Leilua 21. Akuila Uate 6. Jarrod Mullen (c) 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Kade Snowden 9. Travis Waddell 10. Willie Mason 11. Robbie Rochow 19. Beau Scott 13. Jeremy Smith
Interchange: 12. Chris Houston 17. Korbin Sims 20. Craig Gower 22. Adam Cuthbertson

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Referees: Bernard Sutton, Henry Perenara

Touch Judges: Michael Wise, Paul Holland

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Matt Rodwell

MELBOURNE STORM (16)
Tries: Maurice Blair, Sisa Waqa, Billy Slater
Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/3)
Penalty Goals:

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (14)
Tries: Joseph Leilua (2)
Field Goals:
Conversions: Tyrone Roberts (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Tyrone Roberts (1/1)



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