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Round 1 - Saturday 8th March @ 07:00pm
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Round 1 - Saturday 8th March @ 07:00pm
SEA EAGLES vs. STORM
Brookvale Oval
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L: 0
H-T: 20
22
#NRLmanmel
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FULL TIME: And that's the game. Melbourne have recovered from being down 20-4 at half time, to steal the win in extra time. Manly only managed a single penalty goal in the second half, while Melbourne piled on 19 points, culminating in a field goal in extra time.

Melbourne Storm 23-22

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SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Smith sets himself deep, and finally puts in a decent kick. He sends it straight between the posts, and Melbourne have stolen the win.

Melbourne Storm 23-22

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Ball is worked back infield, and on the fourth Jesse Bromwich runs towards the posts.

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Ball is touched by Manly, and the Storm will restart their set of six from halfway.

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Well, it's no try, but that's no surprise. It's also no penalty, so Manly will play the ball on tackle two. They knock the ball on, and Melbourne will get a scrum feed. Huge sigh of relief from the Storm bench.

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Video referee taking a long time here. We haven't fallen asleep - promise.

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We're also checking for a possible obstruction.

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The Sea Eagles fake to kick for a field goal, but then send it right. The ball goes right out to Blair, but we're going to the video referee. It looks like the Storm defenders have managed to turn him onto his back.

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Ball is touched by Melbourne, and it's zero tackle.

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On the last, Hampton looks to kick deep, but sends it out on the full. Massive error. Watmough will play the ball inside the Melbourne 40.

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Manly kick high on the last, targeting Billy Slater. He can't catch it, but the Sea Eagles knock it on. Storm work the ball away from their danger zone.

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The referee blows his whistle - the Storm defenders have taken the player to ground after the Held call. No penalty, just a warning.

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Melbourne will kick off, the pressure is all on Manly early.

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Full time - and we're going to extra time for the first time in 2014! Melbourne have had two attempts at field goals in the last 2 minutes, but failed with both.

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UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Ben Roberts unsuccessful.

Carbon copy of that last play - George Rose crashed the ball forward to set up the field goal attempt, but this time he dropped the ball in the tackle. The referees didn't see it, and Ben Robert's field goal attempt drifts wide.

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UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

George Rose smashes the ball forward in the middle of the field. Roberts goes to dummy half, and flicks it back to Smith. Wrong option. Smith attempts a field goal, but it's a shocker, and we're still all locked up.

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Manly feed the scrum, but Horo drops the ball cold. Melbourne get the scrum feed only 30 metres out.

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Melbourne work the ball down the right hand side of the field, but Fonua's catch and pass goes forward.

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Stewart takes too long getting of the ground though - and the Storm get a penalty.

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Cherry-Evans again kicks high on the last. Waqa fields it, and then sends it back inside to Slater, who is smashed by Glenn Stewart.

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Penalty goal attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

And he does. We're all locked up at 22 all, with six minutes remaining.

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Ballin finds some space, but Hampton comes across and attempts to tear his head off from the side. He's penalised, and Jamie Lyon will attempt a penalty kick to tie up the game again.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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Manly get down into the Sea Eagles end of the field now - Cherry-Evans puts the ball high on the last, and Slater spills it. Manly get their first attacking set at Melbourne's end of the field in this half.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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Slater passes wide for Fonua - he smashes his way to the line, but knocks on at the last minute.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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Off the resulting scrum, Melbourne send the ball right, and the left winger chimes in to crash the ball up on the opposite side of the field. He's hungry for work.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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On the first tackle, Manly knock on. Blair couldn't handle the contact, and the ball is forced loose.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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The Storm put up a massive bomb on the last - Chambers came flying through, had it in his hands, but couldn't control it. Tackle zero for the Sea Eagles.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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Manly are penalised now for a forward pass. Melbourne get the scrum feed on their own 30 metre line.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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Melbourne just went flying down the right sideline. They ran almost 80 metres, but the pass back in field goes astray, and Manly get the ball. The Sea Eagles are absolutely out on their feet at this point.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Penalty goal attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

He lines up from 32 metres out, just right of the posts, and this time puts it between the posts. Melbourne have taken the lead for the first time tonight.

Melbourne Storm 22-20

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Cameron Smith opts to have a shot at a penalty goal. Based on the way he's been kicking so far today, that could be a blessing in disguise for the Sea Eagles.

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Justin Horo is placed on report for a high tackle. Lyon has a bit of an argue about it - but there's not much to be said.

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Hiku knocks on now. He looks dangerous with almost every touch, but comes up with an error here. Bit of a scuffle here - Horo is involved, and the referee jumps in between like he's adjudicating a boxing match.

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Manly get their first penalty in, well, a long time. Desperately needed.

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Melbourne attack the short side now, but they knock the ball on on tackle 5.

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UNSUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Penalty goal attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Smith lines up for a penalty goal from just left of the posts, but fails miserably. He's having a bad day.

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Jamie Lyon is given a talking to for a continued string of penalties against his team. His rebuttal to the referee is that it looks like the referee is just looking for square up penalties...

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It's a no try - which is no real surprise. Josh Starling is penalised for the late tackle on Hampton, but it didn't look bad to me. He tackled the hips, it was just that Hampton jumped late.

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We're going to the video referee again. The on-field referee has ruled a no-try, but we're checking anyway. Off in back play, we've got a possible penalty against the Sea Eagles, as Hampton is taken down after putting up a bomb.

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Manly are penalised now for having split markers at the play the ball. Melbourne are gifted the opportunity to sneak out of their own danger zone.

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Let off for Manly - Melbourne were almost away down the right of the field, but Manly manage to come up with the ball.

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Smith lines up another kick from right in front, and ties the game up. 20 all.

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Jesse Bromwich. Kick to come.

And it's a try! Right under the posts, and Bromwich is ecstatic.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-18

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Not even 1 minute later, we're going to the video referee again. Gavin Reynolds thinks it's a try. Ben Roberts kicks across field from left to right. Hampton runs through, catches it and flicks it to Jesse Bromwich. Just checking... well... everything really.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-14

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

A much easier kick for Smith this time, just right of the posts. He strikes it well, and it sails over the black dot.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-14

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Ben Hampton. Kick to come.

Not a problem there. The video referee awards the try, and Hampton gets his first of the season.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-12

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We're checking for another possible Melbourne try. Ben Hampton steps off his right foot, and finds a gap in the defense - we're just checking the grounding.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-8

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The Storm have enjoyed 75% of possession so far in this half, and the majority of it has been down Manly's end of the ground.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-8

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Roberts kicks to the left of field - it's nicely weighted, but Blair just pushes it dead before Young Tonumaipea can get there. The Storm have forced a drop out though.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-8

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The Storm test out Hiku with a high ball. He does well, but his team are penalised. Matai is ruled to have changed his line to block the chasers. Melbourne on attack only 10 metres out.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-8

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Smith takes the ball back on the right sideline, and lines up the kick. It goes too far right though, and the difference remains 12.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-8

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Sisa Waqa. Kick to come.

The penalty allows Melbourne to compose themselves - Slater throws a cut out pass, and Waqa crosses in the corner - his second of the night.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-8

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Storm looking all at sea, but Watmough is penalised for coming up with the leg out of the tackle.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Hiku returns a kick, but loses the ball on impact. Good attacking opportunity for the Melbourne Storm, first tackle only 10 metres out.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Fonua didn't see that there was a 6 again call - he kicks into the in-goal, and Manly just watch it trickle over the dead ball line.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Melbourne under pressure in their first set. They kick deep, and Hiku fields the ball. It looks like Hiku has moved to fullback.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Cherry-Evans gets us back underway in the second half.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Half time news - Brett Stewart has injured his hamstring, and it looks like he won't be returning in the second half.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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And that will do us for the half. Melbourne were basically shocked off the park early, as Manly jumped to a 20 point lead - much of which was due to Brett Stewart brilliance.

Melbourne struck back late in the half, but coach Bellamy will be far from happy with his team's performance in that 40 minutes of football.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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But they're unable to do it. Hampton thought he had space out wide, but he sits the kick right on the chest of Peta Hiku.

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And almost a minute after the original penalty, we're back underway. Storm will be looking to get one last try before half time.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Hampton kicked high, but it bounces off the Manly player. The Storm put together another couple of kicks, but play is pulled up. Glenn Stewart is penalised for a high tackle of Billy Slater - although it was soft. Nothing in it.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Oh, he's alright now. He runs downfield, and puts Hasson into a yawning gap. Luckily for Melbourne they're on hand to close the gap, and Hasson is dragged down just short of the tryline.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Cherry-Evans looks to be injured. He's had two guys help him with a yoga position, one leg one way, the other leg the other way - and winds up with a sore hamstring. Start slow, Daly - yoga is harder than it looks.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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Manly struggling to get out of their own half now. Just as I say that though, the Storm are penalised, and piggy back the Sea Eagles out.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Cameron Smith lines the kick up, 1 metres in from touch. He pushes it to the left of the goalposts.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Sisa Waqa. Kick to come.

After the first good set from the Storm, they open their scoring account for the day. Hoffman and Chambers run down the left side of the field and make some space, before Cameron Smith kicks high, and Waqa takes the kick and plants the ball down.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-4

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Lyon has no problem with the kick this time. Manly now lead by 20.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-0

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TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Steve Matai. Kick to come.

Nothing wrong with that. It was close, but it's a fair try.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18-0

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We're going to the video referee again, a possible Matai try. Matai ran in untouched, and then ran along the dead-ball line before planting the ball. The referee was on the spot, but just wants to be sure that the Manly centre didn't run dead accidentally.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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Hasson crashes forward in centre field, drawing defenders from everywhere.

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Penalty to Manly - the Storm are looking very ill-disciplined early in this match. Very un-Melbourne-like.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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Rain still pouring down - there's a visible sheet of water laying on the field now.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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It's no try, and Waqa has picked up a big gash on his head for his trouble.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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We're going to the video referee again, this time for a possible try to Sisa Waqa in the right corner.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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Cherry-Evans attempts a 40/20 kick, but sends it out on the full. There wasn't much in it though. Melbourne with their first real chance.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.

Lyon lines the kick up, and the rain is bucketing down now. He strikes it, but again pushes it right.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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It's just started to rain here at Brookvale Oval.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Justin Horo. Kick to come.

And then on the very next play, Stewart kicks in behind the line, and Horo stalks the kick through and dives on it. Another try to Manly.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0

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Sea Eagles looking to extend their lead. Horo runs left, and almost makes a break.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-0

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The Sea Eagles attack down the ridge edge again - Jamie Lyon sprints down the right sideline, before kicking back infield while at top speed. Slater kicks it dead, and it's a line drop out.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-0

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Melbourne are penalised again now, this time for being offside while chasing a kick. Manly kick to the sideline, and Matai takes the tap from halfway.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-0

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The Manly game plan is evident here, they're putting massive pressure on Cameron Smith at dummy half, and then when they've got the ball they spread it wide, looking to use overlaps on the sides of the field. So far it's been effective, with massive gaps opening up down both sidelines.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-0

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The ball gets thrown around a bit, but eventually Manly knock the ball on. Slater tries to regather, but knocks on as well, so a scrum will be packed.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-0

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Cherry-Evans makes a break now, darting down the right hand side of the field, and running 70 metres before being tackled 20 metres out.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Another tough kick for Lyon, this time on the right hand side of the field, and even closer to the touch line. A better kick this time - it slips over between the posts.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-0

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TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Cheyse Blair. Kick to come.

And now the Sea Eagles spread the ball to the other wing. Jamie Lyon draws and passes, and Cheyse Blair dashes over in the corner.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 8-0

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Manly scrum feed. They send the ball down the left hand side of the field, and make a break, but Billy Slater makes a try saving tackle on his opposite number.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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Storm attacking now, but a pass from Ben Roberts to Hoffman is ruled forward. It was tight - looked flat to me.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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Cherry-Evans kicks on the last, looking for his winger, but apparently he's wearing his concrete boots. Absolutely clubs it, and it sails well over the winger's head, the touch judge's head, and most of row 3 as well. Right idea, but poor execution.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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Cherry-Evans jinks and attempts to slide through the line. In the play the ball, Chambers strips the ball, and Manly will restart their set.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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And the video referee agrees with the on field referee. No try. Stewart is ruled to have came up short - and it'll be tackle 1, with Manly retaining possession.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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We're going to the video referee! The Sea Eagles kick back inside via Foran, and Cherry-Evans and Brett Stewart chase through. Stewart dives on it, and twists to score the try. Just checking the grounding.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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End of the set, and the Storm put a bomb up high, but it sails into the in goal and the Sea Eagles easily take the mark.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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Melbourne are now helped from their end with a penalty, as Manly are ruled offside after a kick. Smith kicks for the sideline, but doesn't make a lot of ground.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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Melbourne looking to get up quick in defense - they're up before the attacker even gets back in line with the play the ball. Not offside, just quick.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.

Lyon attempts the kick from way out to the left of the field. He pushed it across the face of the goals, and is unsuccessful.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Steve Matai. Kick to come.

And the Sea Eagles capitalise - Brett Stewart flicks a pass along brilliantly, and Matai sprints over the line untouched. Kick to come.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0

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The Sea Eagles are almost over on the right edge - Stewart sweeps around to the right, before flicking the ball back inside to Cheyse Blair. He's dragged down short, but the Storm are penalised.

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We've got our first penalty of the day, Kevin Proctor penalised for being inside the ten. Cherry-Evans kicks long down field, and his team will attack from only 30 metres out.

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Good start from Manly - working the ball the length of the field, before trapping the Storm in their own half on tackle 5.

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Cameron Smith starts the game, and Josh Starling brings the ball back for the first hitup. Second play, and the Sea Eagles attack the blind side with Matai down the left edge.

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And Manly take the field now as well.

KICK OFF! And we're underway.

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Cameron Smith leads his team out onto the field. He joins Matt Geyer today as the most capped Melbourne Storm player ever, with 262 games.

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Welcome to Brookvale Oval this evening, in this round 1 clash between the Manly Sea Eagles, and the Melbourne Storm. Both teams are as named, 1-17. Kick off is about 10 minutes away, so stay tuned.

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Referees: Gerard Sutton, Gavin Reynolds

Touch Judges: Steve Carrall, Nick Beashel

Video Referee: Jared Maxwell, Luke Patten

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (22)
Tries: Steve Matai (2), Cheyse Blair, Justin Horo
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (2/4)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Lyon (1/1)

MELBOURNE STORM (23)
Tries: Sisa Waqa (2), Ben Hampton, Jesse Bromwich
Field Goals: Cameron Smith (1/2)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/4)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (1/2)



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