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Round 3 - Thursday 21st March @ 08:05pm
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Round 3 - Thursday 21st March @ 08:05pm
STORM vs. BULLDOGS
AAMI Park
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L: 10
H-T: 8
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Fulltime at AAMI Park and the Storm have hung on 22-18.

Melbourne Storm 22-18

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Reynolds grubbers into the in-goal and Fonua bats it dead.

Melbourne Storm 22-18

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The Bulldogs have possession 10m from the Storm line. 60 seconds on the clock

Melbourne Storm 22-18

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The Bulldogs charged downfield and were only 20m from the Storm line but Reynolds pass to Inu is put down.

Melbourne Storm 22-18

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TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Kris Keating. Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.

The Bulldogs are in again with a beautifully executed 70-metre team try. Josh Morris raced downfield, drawing Slater, before passing on the inside to Brown who found Keating in support.
Melbourne Storm 22-18

Melbourne Storm 22-18

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Cronk kicks looking for Widdop but the ball rolls into touch. Bulldogs scrum.

Melbourne Storm 22-12

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TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Krisnan Inu. Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.

Inu scores for the Bulldogs to close the gap to two converted tries. They haven't given up hope yet.
Melbourne Storm 22-12

Melbourne Storm 22-12

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PENALTY Bulldogs. Norrie ruled to have tackled Reynolds high after he passed.

Melbourne Storm 22-6

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Chambers is thrown into touch by Morris as the game starts to get a little scrappy.

Melbourne Storm 22-6

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The 'Dogs chance their arm with an overlap out wide but the ball is picked up by Fonua.

Melbourne Storm 22-6

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Hinchcliffe knocks on and the Bulldogs have possession.

Melbourne Storm 22-6

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Lagi Setu. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Setu adds his name to the tryscorers list tonight after Smith set him up. Prop Jessie Bromwich put his side into the field position with a fabulous offload which saw Slater burn 60m upfield. From the ensuing tackle the Bulldogs defence was always retreating. Smith again adds the extras.
Melbourne Storm 22-6

Melbourne Storm 22-6

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VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Storm try.

Melbourne Storm 16-6

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Matt Duffie. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Duffie extends the Storm lead after climbing above Mitch Brown. Cronk's cross-field kick was pinpoint and his winger did the rest. Smith adds the extras from out wide.
Melbourne Storm 16-6

Melbourne Storm 16-6

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Slater kicks into the in-goal and tackles Low to force the dropout. Storm on the attack.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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PENALTY Storm. Bulldogs chasers ruled in front of the kicker.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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No Try. Bryan Norrie is ruled to have impeded the defence despite being 15m from where the try was scored.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Storm try.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Cronk kicks towards Fonua and Brown bats it dead. Bulldogs dropout.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Reynolds kicks for the in-goal but the ball just goes dead. Storm defence holds and they get a 20m restart.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Low stab kicks for Brown but Slater just wins the race to the ball and bats it dead. Storm dropout.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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PENALTY Bulldogs. Morris is tackled into touch after the tackle was completed.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Cronk attempts a 40/20 but the ball rolls into touch 21m from the Bulldogs line.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Sa'u charges onto a Widdop pass and tries to extend his arm out to place the ball on the line but knocks it on. Bulldogs scrum.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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PENALTY Storm. The home side run the ball down the right side on the last tackle and Harris kicks for Chambers who is tackled without the ball.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Keating's kick on the last tackle goes dead. Storm restart.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Keating has his kick charged down by Griffin and the 'Dogs get six more.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Cronk's pass to Moors is put down with the Bulldogs defence holding.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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PENALTY Storm. Halatau ruled to have been around the neck.

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Sam Perrett. Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.

Perrett scores the first try of the second half after Reynolds kick to the corner was pinpoint.
Melbourne Storm 10-6

Melbourne Storm 10-6

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Slater is placed on report after being ruled to have kicked Klemmer in the face taking a bomb.

Melbourne Storm 10-0

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Second half action is underway through Krisnan Inu.

Melbourne Storm 10-0

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Halftime at AAMI Park and the Storm hold a 10-0 lead over the Bulldogs.

Melbourne Storm 10-0

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Slater throws a beautiful cutout pass off the back of the scrum but Fonua knocks on after over running the ball.

Melbourne Storm 10-0

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Cronk's chipkick on the last is knocked on by Inu. Six more tackles for the Storm.

Melbourne Storm 10-0

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Inu kicks the ball over the deadball line on the full. The Storm will go on the attack again in the shadows of halftime.

Melbourne Storm 10-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Mahe Fonua. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Fonua scores the try after the Storm moved the ball quickly to the left hand side, with Slater getting involved before Widdop delivered the last pass. Fonua did the rest, keeping his feet in the air while getting the ball down in the corner. Smith hits the upright from the sideline.
Melbourne Storm 10-0

Melbourne Storm 10-0

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VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Storm try to Mahe Fonua.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Chambers kicks down the short side and puts Low under immense pressure. He comes up with the knock-on before Duffie picks up the ball before eventually knocking on. Storm scrum 10m from Bulldogs line.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Some good goal-line defence from the Bulldogs holds the Storm out and they work the ball up past the 30m line.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Inu is ruled to have lost the ball trying to get up and play the ball quickly. Storm scrum.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Some quality goal-line defence from the Storm repels the Bulldogs after Keating's last tackle option was poor which saw Widdop claim the cross-field chip.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Keating kicks into the in-goal and Slater waits as long as possible before batting it dead. Storm dropout.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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The Bulldogs receive six again after showing some razzle dazzle.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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The Storm run the ball on the last tackle and Hoffman kicks the ball dead. Bulldogs 20m restart.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Smith attempts a 40/20 out of dummy half but Low knocks the ball back in field and the Dogs will work the ball off their own line.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Ryan Hinchcliffe. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Cronk engineers the first Storm try of the night with a beautiful double-pump pass which sends the lock-forward over under the posts. Smith adds the extras from in front.
Melbourne Storm 6-0

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Storm. Ennis ruled to have hung around Slater too long after he'd been tackled.

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Reynolds kicks towards the corner and Duffie ensures he takes the catch with his foot in the in-goal. Storm restart.

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Duffie loses the ball in a great tackle but the Bulldogs tried to move the ball quickly to their right before they lose the ball and Slater comes up in possession.

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Cronk goes to the air and Low allows the bomb to bounce but luckily for him Reynolds was there to save the day just in front of Widdop.

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Eastwood busts through the Melbourne defence and draws Slater before passing to Reynolds who knocks on. Melbourne scrum.

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Cronk again kicks towards Fonua who knocks the ball back into the arms of Sa'u who can't pick up the ball and dive over.

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13th min - Smith picks up the ball after Reynolds knocks on. Double knock-on. Melbourne scrum.

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5th min - Cronk chips for Fonua on the wing but he can't hang onto the ball and comes up with the error.

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2nd min - PENALTY Bulldogs.

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1st min. We're underway at AAMI Park. The Dogs will have first use of the ball.

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Melbourne will kick off and defend the southern end of AAMI Park in the first half with kick-off scheduled for a little after 8pm.

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Evening footy fans and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for tonight's Grand Final rematch between the Storm and 'Dogs. Showers have drifted across the city throughout the day but appear to have cleared. Contrary to earlier reports suggesting Ben Barba may make an early comeback, both sides are 1-17.

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Referees: Ben Cummins, Chris James

Touch Judges: Paul Holland, Jeff Younis

Video Referee: Bernard Sutton, Adam Gee

MELBOURNE STORM (22)
Tries: Ryan Hinchcliffe, Mahe Fonua, Matt Duffie, Lagi Setu
Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Smith (3/4)
Penalty Goals:

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (18)
Tries: Sam Perrett, Krisnan Inu, Kris Keating
Field Goals:
Conversions: Krisnan Inu (3/3)
Penalty Goals:



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