Saturday July 19, 2014 @ 05:30pm
Melbourne Storm
Canberra Raiders
Half time Score: 14
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Half time Score: 10

Match Review

The Melbourne Storm have scored an emphatic 28-14 win over the Canberra Raiders at a slippery AAMI Park.

The game started off strongly for the Storm when Kevin Proctor cleaned up a bouncing ball that was knocked on by the Raiders and after the Video Ref review the try was awarded the Storm took a 4-0 lead early on.

The Storm then extended their lead just 4 minutes later when the Raiders defence fell away for Jordan McLean to stroll through and score under the posts to take the lead out to 10-0.

The game then became an end to end to battle before Sami Sauiluma scored in the corner for the Raiders although there were grounds for the Video Referee to award an 8 point try against the Storm, even though they still awarded the try.

The kick off then lead to disaster for the Raiders when Anthony Milford knocked it on trying to pick it up off the bounce and in the ensuing set the Storm made the Raiders pay when Marika Koroibete scored out in the corner for the Storm to bring the scores to 14-6.

Not long before halftime Anthony Milford showed his special skill to score a try through some poor defence to bring the scores back to 14-10 which is where it stayed until halftime.

The second half was a pretty even affair and the Raiders were the first to show their dominance in the half however it was the Storm who were first to score after they were able to defend repeat sets from the Raiders, the try came through Mahe Fonua who found himself in space after Cameron Smith set piece.

From there the Storm were able to cut through some pretty flimsy Raiders defence when Sisa Waqa raced down the sideline off a scrum to score, that was followed soon after by another try to Mahe Fonua this time after he managed to take the ball from the grasp of his teammate to find open space and score his second and secure the victory for the Storm.

The Raiders managed to pull one back late in the game when Jarrad Croker took an 85m intercept to score and right on the space of full time , Reece Robinson looked certain to score however Billy Slater pulled out a strong chase to stop him.

The Storm next weekend head north to take on the Broncos at Suncorp next Friday night, meanwhile the Raiders are at home next Monday night when they take on the Rabbitohs.  

Players of the Match

3. Billy Slater

2. Cooper Cronk

1. Mahe Fonua

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