Friday April 25, 2014 @ 06:00pm
Melbourne Storm
New Zealand Warriors
Half time Score: 6
Crowd: 28716
Half time Score: 12

Match Review

The NZ Warriors have scored a 16-10 win over the Melbourne Storm in a thrilling ANZAC day clash infront of a record crowd of 28,716 at AAMI Park.

In the opening minutes the game was end to end with both sides creating pressure but neither could capitalise on these pressure with the Warriors managing to put kicks dead and down the other end of the field the ball didn't bounce in the favour of the home side which meant pressure was released on the Warriors.

For the majority of the half however it was the Warriors who created all the pressure in attack but on each occasion the Storm's defence was equal to the challenge set by the Warriors.

It was in the 11th minute that the Warriors got on the board through David Fusitua although the youngster had to wait for the Video Referees to give him the green lights to have the score added to the board.

The Warriors then extended their lead through Feleti Mateo who had to juggle the pass before putting the ball down one handed under the posts.

The last two minutes of the half set up a points scoring flurry with Kevin Proctor bursting through the line to score and then after the halftime siren, Shaun Johnson slotted a penalty goal to extend the Warriors lead to 6 points.

The second half looked good early for the Warriors, but as they say looks can be deceiving after the Warriors looked to have kicked a 40/20 however the touch judge ruled that the ball had gone out on the full however replays showed that might not have been the case at all.

From there all the momentum was with the Storm and they crossed early on through Young Tonumaipea and the margin was back to two after Cameron Smith was unable to convert the try.

The momentum kept rolling with the Storm who just went up the field like a set of army tanks but it was the last line of defence that saved the Warriors every time even with all the dropouts that had been forced by the Storm.

After facing almost a 20minute attacking barrage from the Storm, it was Shaun Johnson who changed the momentum to show some good passing, footwork and speed to score what ultimately was the match winning try for the visitors. The Warriors then picked up the momentum again and looked to have scored but after a video referee review they were denied. Shaun Johnson twice to secure victory with field goals however the first was charged down and the second one would be best not talking about.

The Storm took control again in the last 5 minutes however the Warriors defence stood strong and it was off a poor play from Billy Slater on full time that ultimately secured the unlikely victory for both sides.

Both sides get a week off next week, although a number of players will be selected for representative duties across the representative weekend.

Players of the Match

3. Sam Tomkins

2. Shaun Johnson

1. Jayson Bukuya

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