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Round 2 - Saturday 15th March @ 05:30pm
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Round 2 - Saturday 15th March @ 05:30pm
STORM vs. PANTHERS
AAMI Park
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H-T: 14
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Thanks for joining us. Stay tuned for the match report.

Melbourne Storm 18-17

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FULLTIME: Melbourne Storm win 18-17 over the Penrith Panthers. In a cracker of a match it is Cronk's late field goal that makes the difference.

Melbourne Storm 18-17

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UNSUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Penalty goal attempt by Peter Wallace unsuccessful.

Penalty to the Panthers and Wallace has the chance to win the game with a penalty goal but he misses.

Melbourne Storm 18-17

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SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Cooper Cronk successful.

Cronk with the field goal and he has it.

Melbourne Storm 18-17

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Cameron Smith you GENIUS! He drills the restart over the sideline and the Storm have one last chance to win this in normal time. ONE minute to go.

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SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Field goal attempt by Peter Wallace successful.

Wallace with another attempt at field goal and he has GOT IT!

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The Storm turn it over and it could be a big finish.

Melbourne Storm 17-16

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UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Field goal attempt by Peter Wallace unsuccessful.

Wallace goes for a field goal but it is smothered.

Melbourne Storm 17-16

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Bellamy won't like this! The Storm have given away a cheap penalty when the Panthers were in their own half.

Melbourne Storm 17-16

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SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Cooper Cronk successful.

Cooper Cronk nails a field goal from 10 metres out and right in front. Wasn't the best strike but the point is all that matters.

Melbourne Storm 17-16

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UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Jamal Idris makes an unforced error.

It's a knock on both ways but Jamal touched it first. He didn't think so though and the replays seem to show he is right.

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Adam Docker is penalised for using his shoulder in the tackle.

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Mansour takes a Cronk bomb in-goal and the pressure subsides momentarily.

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Penalty. Cameron Smith kicks the ball out on the full deep in his own half but the Panthers players were not square at marker!

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The rain is bucketing down at AAMI Park as play is restarted.

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

Smith levels the scores.

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A penalty to the Storm and Cameron Smith will have a shot at goal from in front.

Penrith Panthers 16-14

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Six again for the Storm!

Penrith Panthers 16-14

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A great kick from Cronk that sits up in goal and Mansour takes it dead. Line drop out.

Penrith Panthers 16-14

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It's another high kick from Wallace but the ball goes out over the sideline and it's a handover to the Storm.

Penrith Panthers 16-14

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Brilliant kick from Wallace on the fifth. Right into the corner and Hampton is trapped less than 10 metres from his own line.

Penrith Panthers 16-14

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Hampton filling in for Slater at the back and takes a good catch under pressure.

Penrith Panthers 16-14

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Penalty goal attempt by Peter Wallace successful.

The Panthers elect to take the two and Wallace makes no mistakes.

Penrith Panthers 16-14

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SIN BIN
Billy Slater is sent to the sin bin.

Slater has been sin binned for a professional foul. He was deemed to have held down Segeyaro after he made a break.

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Naiqama takes a low kick close to the line and it's the Panthers ball. The Panthers have done extremely well to keep the Storm out there.

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Markers not square and it is ANOTHER penalty to the Storm. Pressure building.

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Penalty to the Storm and they will start their set 18 metres out from the Panthers line.

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The Storm march up field and trap the Panthers in-goal on the last tackle.

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Penalty. The Panthers are caught inside the 10.

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UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Kenneath Bromwich makes an unforced error.

The Storm making some easy metres out of dummy half but the ball is lost by Bromwich.

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And now the pressure is taken off the Panthers with a penalty.

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UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Billy Slater makes an unforced error.

Slater tries to tap a Cooper Cronk kick out wide but it is ruled to have gone forward.

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UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Matt Moylan makes an unforced error.

Cronk puts up a bomb and Moylan can't handle it. Mansour picks it up and is trapped in-goal.

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Wallace kicks the ball straight to Slater and Melbourne start their set 40 out from their own line.

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Peter Wallace unsuccessful.

Wallace hooks the conversion from the sideline.

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TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Josh Mansour. Kick to come.

Moylan makes a brilliant long pass out to Mansour and it's an early try to the Panthers in the second half.

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PENALTY to the Storm and they are piggy-backed up field and into the Panthers half.

Melbourne Storm 14-10

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It's a good first up set from the Panthers as they trap Melbourne deep in their own half.

Melbourne Storm 14-10

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The Storm kick off the second half.

Melbourne Storm 14-10

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HALFTIME: The Panthers have had the majority of the ball but it's the Storm who lead 14-10.

Melbourne Storm 14-10

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

Cameron Smith makes no mistake with this one. That could be a vital two points right before half time.

Melbourne Storm 14-10

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Another penalty to the Storm right as the half time siren sounds. Cameron Smith will have a shot at goal.

Melbourne Storm 12-10

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And now the Storm are let off and get a penalty that should take us through to half time

Melbourne Storm 12-10

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UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Matt Moylan makes an unforced error.

Naiqama looks to be in for a first half hat-trick but the last pass from Moylan is called forward.

Melbourne Storm 12-10

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Wallace runs through the defence on the first set after the Panthers try. On the next play a grubber is rolled into the in-goal and Hoffman is tackled in goal.

Melbourne Storm 12-10

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Peter Wallace unsuccessful.

Wallace with another conversion attempt from the right sideline but this time it goes across the face of goal.

Melbourne Storm 12-10

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TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Kevin Naiqama. Kick to come.

Wallace puts up a big bomb which is dropped by Billy Slater. The Panthers pick up the ball and Naiqama goes over for his second try on the next play.

Melbourne Storm 12-10

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Cameron Smith hits the post from the sideline. Score remains 12-6.

Melbourne Storm 12-6

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

Melbourne reply almost straight away. Fonua creates some space on the right before sending over Sisa Waqa in the corner.

Melbourne Storm 12-6

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION PENRITH PANTHERS
Conversion attempt by Peter Wallace successful.

Wallace adds the two points from the sideline.

Melbourne Storm 8-6

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TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Kevin Naiqama. Kick to come.

Finally the Panthers get over. They created an overlap on the right hand side and Kevin Naiqama strolls over in the corner.

Melbourne Storm 8-4

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Its another penalty to the Panthers. The Storm have done an incredible job to keep them out so far.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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Cameron Smith is penalised for holding down in the tackle and Segeyaro takes the quick tap.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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The kick is too deep and Tonumaipea has an easy catch. 20 metre tap to the Storm.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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Wallace puts a chip into the in-goal and Billy Slater has no option but to take it dead in goal for a line drop out.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Bryan Norrie makes an unforced error.

This time it is Norrie with the knock on. The wet weather might be starting to play some havoc here. Panthers on the attack.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Lewis Brown makes an unforced error.

Lewis Brown lets the Storm off the hook with a knock on in a good attacking position.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Kevin Proctor makes an unforced error.

Proctor has knocked on close to his own line. The Panthers will be looking for a quick reply.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Cameron Smith misses the conversion from almost the exact same spot as his last attempt.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Mahe Fonua. Kick to come.

Back to back tries to the Storm! Fonua goes over to make it 8-0.

Melbourne Storm 8-0

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After a slow start the Storm have now trapped the Panthers in goal in their first set after scoring.

Melbourne Storm 4-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

The conversion is wide and the score stays 4-0.

Melbourne Storm 4-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Kevin Proctor. Kick to come.

After having to soak up a huge amount of pressure, Kevin Proctor runs through some weak Panthers defence for the first try of the game.

Melbourne Storm 4-0

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Melbourne get their first penalty and will start their set of six 30 metres out from the Panthers line.

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The Storm have only just managed to keep the Panthers out but they are let off the hook with a grubber that rolls dead in goal.

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A good set from the Panthers. Billy Slater has been tackled in his own in goal and the Panthers will get another set of six.

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Cooper Cronk is penalised and the Panthers get the chance to start another set in the Storm half.

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Another PENALTY to the Panthers but they go wide early and Josh Mansour is pushed into touch. Scrum to the Storm.

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PENALTY to the Panthers and they will be on the attack early.

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Cooper Cronk is caught with the ball on the last tackle. The Panthers get the ball inside the Storm half.

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KICK OFF at AAMI Park and it will be the Storm who have first use of the ball.

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The action continues tonight with the Melbourne Storm taking on the Penrith Panthers from AAMI Park. Both teams were last start winners with Penrith recording a convincing victory over Newcastle and Melbourne securing a come from behind victory courtesy of a Cameron Smith field goal in extra time against Manly. Cooper Cronk is back in the Storm team after missing last week through injury and will likely be a key player if they are to secure the two points tonight. Many are tipping Penrith to be the big improver in 2014 but how will they fare in what is widely considered one of the hardest places to win away from home?

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TEAM NEWS: The Panther have three late changes. Soward, Simmons and Yeo are all OUT and will be replaced by Isaac John, Kevin Naiqama and Jamal Idris. Storm are 1-17.

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Referees: Ashley Klein, Adam Gee

Touch Judges: Paul Holland, Adam Reid

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Paul Mellor

MELBOURNE STORM (18)
Tries: Kevin Proctor, Mahe Fonua, Sisa Waqa
Field Goals: Cooper Cronk (2/2)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (0/3)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (2/2)

PENRITH PANTHERS (17)
Tries: Kevin Naiqama (2), Josh Mansour
Field Goals: Peter Wallace (1/2)
Conversions: Peter Wallace (1/3)
Penalty Goals: Peter Wallace (1/2)



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