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5:30pm Sat July 14, 2018
Round 18 - Lottoland - Crowd: 9277
80min

FULL TIME - The Storm have won a thriller 14-13. Full wrap to come. Thanks for joining us!

80min

Manly make it up to the 40 metre line on the last and Trent Hodkinson's attempt at field goal is a shocker! Melbourne somehow will win!

79min

Cameron Smith finds touch 30 out from the Manly line. The home side have one set and 1 minute 16 seconds to send this to golden point!

78min

Daly Cherry-Evans goes short to Shaun Lane on the fourth from 40 metres out and he throws a risky offload which ends up with the Storm! Silly play given a field goal could have sent it to golden point.

76min

Curtis Scott goes down the right edge and tries to find Suliasi Vunivalu in support but throws it into touch.

76min

Young Tonumaipea takes the short dropout. 4 minutes remaining.

75min

Great kick by Brodie Croft on the last, with Brian Kelly forced to take it dead.

74min

A real nothing set from Manly and the Storm are already 20 out on the first play! They could seal the win here!

73min

A controlled set from Melbourne with Cameron Smith finding touch 10 out from the Manly line.

71min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith puts the Storm in front for the first time tonight.

Storm lead Sea Eagles 13 - 14 Storm
69min

Smart kick by Manase Fainu on the last is taken by Jahrome Hughes, who brings it up to the 20. Great charge by Cheyse Blair brings Melbourne up to the 30 before Curtis Scott and Jesse Bromwich contribute with customary runs. They are 30 out on the last. Brodie Croft bombs high, Suliasi Vunivalu bats it back and it hits Trent Hodkinson and then Jake Trbojevic picks it up in an offside position. Penalty Storm.

66min

Suliasi Vunivalu with the first run off the scrum before Young Tonumaipea takes it up towards the 40 on the following play. Tui Kamikamica then surges past halfway before Brodie Croft takes on the line and the halfback is tackled 40 out from the Manly line. They offload it around on the following play Tui Kamikamica settles and is tackled 20 out. Ryley Jacks chips but DCE takes it.

64min

Not a very dangerous set in reply from Manly, with Tom Trbojevic forced to kick on the last and he doesn't have enough on it. Melbourne regains possession. The kick on the last is a long one but Matthew Wright is there to take it and bring the ball up to the 20. Brian Kelly brings it up towards the 40 before Brad Parker picks up an extra five metres on the following play. Daly Cherry-Evans drives it towards the sideline and finds touch 15 out.

62min

Ryan Hoffman is caught for a forward pass to Cheyse Blair and Manly have a full set 40 out from the Storm line.

61min

Brodie Croft sends it long from within his own 30 and Tom Trbojevic takes it and brings the ball up to the 40 before being tackled. Manly surge into the Melbourne half and are 30 out on the last. Trent Hodkinson with the bomb but Jahrome Hughes flies above to take it.

59min

Curtis Scott streams down the right edge and looks to power over but is dragged towards the sideline. He throws it back infield and Tom Trbojevic takes it before sprinting up towards the 30. Daly Cherry-Evans with a well-weighted bomb on the last but Jahrome Hughes catches it and is tackled five out from his own line.

58min

Brodie Croft sends it high on the last and Melbourne earn a penalty for an escort 20 out, five in from touch. They tap and go.

57min

Moses Suli takes it up off the first play before Shaun Lane surges towards halfway. They spread it left to Joel Thompson who drops it but it is called backwards and they have lost metres in the process. A massive charge by Addin Fonua-blake on the fourth takes Manly upfield and they are 30 out. The bomb on the last is fumbled by the Sea Eagles. Jahrome Hughes takes it and is dragged over the sideline but no advantage and the Storm regain possession.

55min

Manly hold on here. Cameron Smith goes short to Ryan Hoffman who looked to burst through the line but a strong tackle by Moses Suli saw him trapped on the last. The home side now grab a penalty and begin their set on their own 30.

54min

A powerful set in response from Manly. Daly Cherry-Evans grubbers low and Jahrome Hughes does well to take it and stay in the field of play. Now Suliasi Vunivalu picks up a penalty for a high shot and Melbourne begin the new set on their own 30.

52min

NO TRY! Brodie Croft with a brilliant pass over the top and Scott crashes over but the replays by The Bunker show he dropped the ball!

50min

Tim Glasby with a determined run over halfway before Ryan Hoffman surges past the 30. This has been a strong set after points from Melbourne and now they drag Tom Trbojevic back into the in-goal area. What a reply from the Storm!

49min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith splits the uprights.

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 13 - 12 Storm
48min

Try: Storm
Scored by Brodie Croft. Kick to come.

Croft goes straight through Brian Kelly and Tom Trbojevic for a soft try!

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 13 - 10 Storm
47min

Curtis Scott looks to power his way over three Manly defenders and a strip is ruled. Storm with another full set 10 out.

45min

Daly Cherry-Evans goes short to Joel Thompson who fumbles it and Jahrome Hughes scoops it up and is away before being tackled just short of the 30. Ryley Jacks successfully links with Ryan Hoffman this time, who is taken 40 out from the Manly line. Brandon Smith grubbers on the last. No one is chasing but he makes a determined effort to bat it back inside and Tom Trbojevic has to take it dead. Big play!

44min

Brodie Croft runs off the line early to put on a shot and is penalised for offside. Manly tap and go 10 out.

43min

Yet another error! This time Ryley Jacks throws it at Ryan Hoffman's shoulder. Manly with a full set 30 out.

41min

Tom Trbojevic takes them on on the last and offloads on the ground for Brian Kelly who links with Matthew Wright and he is over but the pass from the fullback was forward. Melbourne survive an early scare.

40min

Second half back underway. Melbourne receive and they drop it off the first play! OH DEAR! A small bobble in the tackle. Manly 10 out.

40min

HALF TIME - Manly dominant but they only have a 13-6 lead at the break. A very entertaining match so far. Second half to come shortly.

38min

Field Goal: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans.

Manly nab a much-needed penalty of their own. DCE finds touch 40 out from the Storm line. Nothing much doing and the halfback snaps the field goal! No one was expecting it and it goes through.

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 13 - 6 Storm
37min

Cameron Smith holds the pass up for Tim Glasby on the last but he is tackled and it is a pretty meek end to the set for the Storm.

36min

Momentum is well and truly turning now. The Storm earn a penalty and begin their set just shy of halfway. What a blow this would be if they score here!

34min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Smith sends it through and Melbourne only trail by six despite having little field position.

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 12 - 6 Storm
33min

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

Curtis Scott pops a cheeky offload (using cheeky instead of forward) and Vunivalu goes over!

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 12 - 4 Storm
31min

A solid set from Melbourne but nowhere near as much energy in that set as what has been shown by their opponents. The kick on the last traps the Sea Eagles 20 out from their own line but they are already over halfway on the third. Daly Cherry-Evans turns it inside for Joel Thompson who brings it over halfway. The towering bomb on the last is taken by Jahrome Hughes and the Storm work it out from their own end. This will help - Kelepi Tanginoa ruled to have held onto Young Tonumaipea for too long and is penalised.

28min

Daly Cherry-Evans chips it on the last for Brad Parker but the winger jumped too early and it goes into touch.

27min

Brodie Croft sends it high on the last but Tom Trbojevic takes it and brings the ball up to the 30. A relieving penalty for the Sea Eagles. News coming through now - Christian Welch out for the game. Meanwhile, DCE finds touch on halfway.

26min

Another very strong set from Manly. They are marching upfield at the moment and a slicing run from Tom Wright brings them 30 out from the Melbourne line on the fourth. The bomb on the last is taken by Jahrome Hughes and the Storm finally have the ball!

26min

Penalty Goal: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans.

The possession is currently sitting at 70-30 in favour of Manly as DCE sends it through for a 12-point deficit.

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 12 - 0 Storm
24min

Jake Trbojevic looks for a quick play-the-ball and Melbourne interfere and are penalised. Daly Cherry-Evans will shoot for two from right in front of the posts.

23min

Daly Cherry-Evans forces another dropout! Great stuff. He didn't have much room to work with but he dabbed it through the Melbourne defence and the Storm will have to endure more pressure now.

21min

Taupau already with 100 running metres from just 21 minutes of play! Addin Fonua-blake has also been fantastic and surges towards the 10 metre mark and draws a penalty. Manly tap and go!

20min

Very well-executed kick on the last by DCE, trapping Jahrome Hughes in his own in-goal area.

19min

The bomb on the last is a tough one for Matthew Wright but he flies above Suliasi Vunivalu and takes it in-goal. Seven-tackle set Manly.

18min

Jahrome Hughes earns a penalty for a high tackle and Melbourne begin their set just shy of halfway.

16min

Melbourne surge upfield and are 10 out on the fourth but they drop it again after trying to find space out wide. Manly working it out from their own end. Daly Cherry-Evans sends it high on the last 40 out from the Storm line but Suliasi Vunivalu takes it in a diving catch.

15min

Daly Cherry-Evans turns it back inside for Shaun Lane who takes it up to the 20. Martin Taupau now steamrolls over defenders and brings it towards halfway. It is offload-happy footy from Manly and it is really testing the Melbourne defence but a pass in the play from Tom Trbojevic to Joel Thompson is called forward. Storm scrum on their own 40.

14min

Brad Parker and Manase Fainu do very well and force an error from Cheyse Blair! Scrum to pack on the Manly 10 metre line.

13min

Addin Fonua-blake with a massive run to begin Manly's set off the restart but he plays the ball incorrectly and is penalised! Big swing in momentum and the Storm are 10 out with a full set to come.

13min

Conversion: Sea Eagles
Attempted by Daly Cherry-Evans.

DCE hits the right post and it bounces off!

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 10 - 0 Storm
11min

Try: Sea Eagles
Scored by Shaun Lane. Kick to come.

Cherry-Evans goes short to Lane who plunges over for an early double!

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 10 - 0 Storm
10min

A solid set in reply from Melbourne. The kick on the last is comfortably taken by Tom Trbojevic who brings it up to the 20. Brad Parker and Moses Suli help out their big men with solid runs to begin the set before Martin Taupau barges over halfway, threatening to offload but reeling it in. Daly Cherry-Evans goes inside to Trbojevic on the last, who throws it straight towards Curtis Scott. Intercept... NO! He drops it. Full set 40 out for Manly.

8min

A fantastic set after points from Manly with Tom Wright trapping Young Tonumaipea five out from his own line.

7min

Conversion: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans.

DCE sends it through.

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 6 - 0 Storm
7min

Try: Sea Eagles
Scored by Shaun Lane. Kick to come.

Martin Taupau offloads again for Manase Fainu who dummies and goes through the line before finding Shaun Lane in support who crashes over!

Sea Eagles lead Sea Eagles 4 - 0 Storm
6min

Martin Taupau surges upfield and offloads for Addin Fonua-blake who powers his way into the Melbourne half. Brian Kelly is trapped 30 out but offloads for Daly Cherry-Evans who spreads it to Taupau who is tackled 25 out. Fonua-Blake of all people kicks on the last and forces a dropout!

3min

Christian Welch takes it past the 40 on the first off the dropout. Cameron Smith now takes on the line and is tackled 10 out. The pass from Brodie Croft is dropped by Joe Stimson and Manly survive.

2min

Melbourne forced to work it out of their own end. A strong run by Cheyse Blair brings them up into the Manly half. Brodie Croft's bomb on the last is left to bounce and Tom Trbojevic just bats it dead! Very close call there!

1min

We are underway! Martin Taupau takes it up off the kick-off and is tackled just shy of the 20. Addin Fonua-blake and Joel Thompson contribute solid runs before Addin Fonua-blake darts out of dummy-half and picks up 10 metres in the process. The kick on the last by Daly Cherry-Evans finds touch 10 out.

Manly have lost Dylan Walker to injury ahead of this contest, Tom Wright replacing him at five-eighth. Melbourne have a host of changes, with Origin stars Slater, Chambers, Addo-Carr, Munster and Kaufusi all out. Hughes moves to halfback, Blair comes in at centre, Tonumaipea on the wing, Jacks and Croft are the new halves pairing with Stimson joining the second-row. Jesse Bromwich is benched in favour of Welch up front, while Tui Kamikamica joins the interchange.

Good evening and welcome to League Unlimited's live blog of the Battle of Brookie tonight. It shapes as an absolute ripper! There are a host of changes for both sides.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Chris Sutton, Gavin Reynolds

Touch Judges: Jeff Younis, Liam Nicholls

Video Referee: Jared Maxwell, Ben Galea

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (13)
Tries: Shaun Lane (2)
Field Goals: Daly Cherry-Evans (1/1)
Conversions: Daly Cherry-Evans (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Daly Cherry-Evans (1/1)

MELBOURNE STORM (14)
Tries: Suliasi Vunivalu, Brodie Croft
Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (1/1)