Saturday May 10, 2014 @ 07:30pm
Melbourne Storm
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Half time Score: 4
Crowd: 13273
Half time Score: 5

Match Review

The Melbourne Storm have snuck home to defeat the Sea Eagles 22-19 at AAMI Park in front of 13,273 as they fought back to claim the two premiership points.

Steve Matai looked to open the scoring first up, however the kicking tips from Jamie Lyon went astray with a missed penalty goal.

The video referees controversially overturned the on-field decision to award Peta Hiku his four-pointer with David Williams ruled not to have knocked on. Lots of debate among supporters, however, but the points on the board as Manly led 4-0 after 26 minutes.

Cameron Smith and Matt Ballin had words as Ballin held onto the jersey of Smith as he attempted to play the ball. From the penalty Billy Slater added his name to the try-scrorers sheet courtesy of a beautiful back-line movement featuring Ryan Hoffman. The Storm locked the game at 4-all, 8 minutes before the break.

Jack Littlejohn edged the Sea Eagles ahead by a one point after 40 minutes as he snapped a field goal as the siren sounded for half time.

The Storm fired quickly in the second half with Billy Slater bagging his second try as he performed a 360-degree turn through the Manly defence. Melbourne hit a 10-5, four minutes into the new half.

David Williams left the field for the Sea Eagles in the 48th minute as he copped a swinging arm from Billy Slater. He was subsequently placed on report.

The Sea Eagles looked to have secured victory as they ran in two consecutive tries through Jorge Taufua (56th minute) and Jamie Buhrer (60th minute), however it wasn't to be their night.

Storm five-eighth, Ben Hampton will have a case to answer at the Match Review Committee as he was penalised for a dangerous throw on Tom Symonds in the 65th minute.

Cooper Cronk's kicking game proved the difference as he placed a grubber kick for himself to score in the 70th minute. The final points came as debutant, Kurt Mann flew through the air to take a Cronk's cross field kick to steal victory for the Storm.

The Sea Eagles shattered as they went down 22-19 after leading 19-10 at the 60th minute.

Next week the Storm head north to ANZ Stadium as they clash with South Sydney, meanwhile the Sea Eagles return to Brookvale to host the Newcastle Knights.

Players of the Match

3. Cooper Cronk

2. Billy Slater

1. Matt Ballin

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