Full Time
80:00
2:00pm Sun June 17, 2018
Round 15 - McDonald Jones Stadium - Crowd: 14803
78min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - They've got 90m to travel and need 3 converted tries in 82 seconds....

78min

Scott goes close, byt the Knights cover defence denies him. Hoffman attempts a barge over try from dummy half and loses the ball

77min

SCRUM STORM - Yates drops a regulation pass.

77min

Vunivalu goes up to take a catch in the Knights in-goal but everyone fumbles it and it goes dead. 20m restart for the Knights

76min

A knock-on-athon here after a useless Cogger bomb. Turn over.

75min

Munster throws a cut-out pass, but it was intercepted by SKD

73min

DROP OUT KNIGHTS - Munster with a nice grubber and SKD taps it dead.

72min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - They'll start just 10m from the Storm line

71min

Ponga makes a break and runs 35m before being tackled well by Hughes.

70min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Vunivalu drops a pass that was low and a tad behind him.

68min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Attempted by Cameron Smith.

Smith chooses to take a shot at the extra two points but misses the goal from 40m out

Storm lead Knights 10 - 28 Storm
66min

PENALTY STORM - A crusher tackle on Glasby

65min

SCRUM STORM - Mata'utia loses the ball in the tackle. Knights let another attacking chance go.

64min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Storm offside. Knights with another set inside the Storm 20m

63min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Asofa-Solomona with a rare mistake today, drops the ball in the tackle. Knights with a golden opportunity here.

62min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith from the right touchline uses the wind to curl it through beautifully.

Storm lead Knights 10 - 28 Storm
59min

Try: Storm
Scored by Suliasi Vunivalu. Kick to come.

Melbourne with some nice draw and passing on the right side create the extra man and Vunivalu collects the low pass and dives over in the corner.

Storm lead Knights 10 - 26 Storm
58min

Cogger's kick hits Guerra in the back. Amateur. Storm start their set 30m from the Knights line.

56min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith from right in front, adds another two.

Storm lead Knights 10 - 22 Storm
54min

Try: Storm
Scored by Josh Addo-carr. Kick to come.

Munster receives the kick off, breaks through the tackle and gets a good ball to Addo-Carr who then runs away to score under the posts.

Storm lead Knights 10 - 20 Storm
53min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith adds another two

Storm lead Knights 10 - 16 Storm
53min

PENALTY STORM - A push after the tackle was made and Smith decides to take the two

52min

PENALTY STORM - Knights slowing down the ruck. Munster takes a quick tap.

51min

Cogger takes too long to put his kick in and loses the ball in a tackle.

50min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Late tackle on the already tackled Ponga after the Storm made a breakdown the left wing before Addo-Carr tried to reel in a grubber but was beaten to it by the Knights fullback.

46min

Conversion: Knights
Attempted by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga from the sideline, kicking into the wind. He starts it well left and it pushes across the face and is waved away.

Storm lead Knights 10 - 14 Storm
44min

Try: Knights
Scored by Ken Sio. Kick to come.

Ponga gets a nice ball to Denniss, whose rapidfire catch and pass gave Sio enough room to reach out and score in the left corner.

Storm lead Knights 10 - 14 Storm
43min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Brandon Smith's pass to Vunivalu is ruled forward. Knight's now with a full set 30m from the Storm line.

41min

Watson strolls right through the Storm left side defence and then throws a turnip of a pass to Mata'utia's heel and a try goes begging.

40min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith kicks a penalty goal

Storm lead Knights 6 - 14 Storm
40min

Cameron Smith gets play restarted and the Storm have the wind in their back.

39min

PENALTY STORM - Munster taken out after the kick. Smith right in front and 15m out will have a shot at goal.

37min

PENALTY STORM - Melbourne find touch 15m shy of halfway.

36min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith from wide on the left side converts.

Storm lead Knights 6 - 12 Storm
36min

Try: Storm
Scored by Josh Addo-carr. Kick to come.

Watson goes to the line, 10m from the Storm line and puts in a weak grubber which doesn't get through the Storm line. Munster picks up the ball, passes to Addo-Carr and the speedster runs 70m to score.

Storm lead Knights 6 - 10 Storm
35min

Jacks kicks for Vunivalu but the winger is unable to hand onto it and the ball goes dead ingoal off him. Knights with a 7 tackle set

34min

Mata'utia gets an offload around the corner, but it goes straight to the Storm.

32min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga from 10m to the left of the posts, slots the extras.

Tied up at Knights 6 - 6 Storm
31min

Try: Knights
Scored by Kalyn Ponga. Kick to come.

Ponga dives over from dummy half to score a good solo try.

Storm lead Knights 4 - 6 Storm
30min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Ese'ese held down too long. Storm get an official warning.

30min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Storm inside the 10. Ese'ese takes the quick tap.

29min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Scott juggles a ball which he then knocks on into Watson.

28min

Ese'ese juggles the ball on the second tackle and turns it over.

27min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Munster holding down too long in the tackle. Knights with a full set 35m from the Storm line.

26min

Knights are struggling to make metres through the middle. Relying largely on kicking with the help of the strong wind. Doesn't auger well for the second half when they'll be running into the wind.

24min

Another fumble and then turn over by the Knights, giving away more possession.

23min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - illegal strip by the Storm. Knights to start their set 10m shy of halfway

22min

PENALTY STORM - Late man in the tackle.

22min

Some nice ball handling off late passes by the Knights but Watson knocks on late in the set.

19min

SCRUM STORM - Mata'utia gets a late ball to Kenny-Dowall who has little time or room to move, tries to put in a hurried kick but drops it 10m from the Storm line.

18min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Storm offside

16min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith converts from almost in front.

Storm lead Knights 0 - 6 Storm
16min

Try: Storm
Scored by Ryley Jacks. Kick to come.

Kenny Bromwich gets a ball away to Jacks who runs past the stationary defender to score a soft try to left of the posts.

Storm lead Knights 0 - 4 Storm
15min

SCRUM STORM - Ponga's kick hits Jacks in the back and goes dead just inside the Knights half.

14min

Storm defence is not giving the Knights any room, while Melbourne is rolling downfield with ease

11min

SCRUM STORM - Ponga's pass to Mata'utia is put down.

10min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Vunivalu charged for a late hit with the shoulder on the Knights kicker. Knights have a full set inside the Storm 20m

9min

Storm will run the last in the first half as they are running into a very strong wind.

8min

Storm have a crack at the Knights left side this time, running on the last and Sio shut it down this time.

7min

Munster runs it on the last and Mata'utia was equal to the task

6min

PENALTY STORM - Knights holding down too long in the tackle. Smith finds touch 10m inside the Knights half.

4min

Storm panicking on the last near the Knights line, turn the ball over.

3min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Glasby working the tackled player. Knights will take their first tackle on halfway.

1min

Steady early sets from both sides. Slade Griffin busy early in defence, reminds of a young Brett Clements in his prime.

Sio gets us underway on a blustery day. The ball fell off the tee the first time.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Adam Gee, Chris Butler

Touch Judges: Rickey McFarlane, Chris McMillan

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Ben Galea

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (10)
Tries: Kalyn Ponga, Ken Sio
Field Goals:
Conversions: Kalyn Ponga (1/2)
Penalty Goals:

MELBOURNE STORM (28)
Tries: Ryley Jacks, Josh Addo-carr (2), Suliasi Vunivalu
Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Smith (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (2/3)