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Melbourne Storm didn't get the christening party they wanted at the new AAMI Park as the Brisbane Broncos spoiled their celebrations winning 36-14 in front of 20,032 screaming supporters.
The signs early in the game was that the home side was ready to run away with the match on their new turf, when 6 minutes down Quinn crossed the line.
Unfortunately for them, the Broncos were intent on making sure the party wasn't a victory celebration.
The halftime score 24-4 to the visitors totally unexpected by the fans in AAMI Park, the booing every time Folau touched the ball became louder as he scored 2 tries in the first half.
Signs the Storm were coming back in the game in the last 40 minutes were there, with Cronk and Slater heavily involved, however some dynamic scrambling defence by the Broncos halted a lot of plays that usually would work.
Sam Thaiday and Darren Lockyer both outstanding for the Broncos backing up from ANZAC Test duties.
The supporters staying until the end to cheer on their team with a late try to Duffie, his second of the match, sending the cheers back around their new park.
Melbourne Storm 14 were defeated by Brisbane Broncos 36
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 9 - Sunday May 9, 2010 3:00pm
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Referee: Tony Archer and Steve Lyons
Video Referee: Steve Clark
Touch Judges: David Abood and Chris James
Halftime: Melbourne Storm 4 Brisbane Broncos 24
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Sam Thaiday
2 Points - Darren Lockyer
1 Point - Israel Folau (2 Tries)
Melbourne Storm (14)
Tries: Anthony Quinn, Matt Duffie (2)
Conversions: Cooper Cronk (0/1), Greg Inglis (1/2)
Brisbane Broncos (36)
Tries: Jharal Yow Yeh, Israel Folau (2), Ben Te'o, Gerard Beale, Corey Norman
Conversions: Corey Parker (6/6)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary The march from Federation Square to the new home for the Storm, AAMI Stadium, well received by the faithful Storm supporters, with well over 1000 fans making the trek.
Nice afternoon in Melbourne. Glenn into the centres for the Broncos with Te'o into the second row. Hunt to hooker and Norman to halfback, many changes.
1 min: The Broncos get the game underway in front of a very vocal crowd.
4 min: First mistake made by the Broncos. Storm attack 40 metres out.
6 min: TRY
Nice ad lib play by the home side using quick hands and tap passes to get the ball out to Quinn
Melbourne Storm 4-0
9 min: First penalty of the game goes Melbourne way. The attack starts from the 30 metre mark.
12 min: The Storm making a lot of ground on attack and to their credit, the Broncos defence holding strong.
15 min: 40/20. Cronk nabs a great kick. The Storm on attack 10 metres out.
17 min: The Broncos defence holds true as the Storm pound their line.
18 min: Offloads 5-0 Melbourne's way at this stage of the match.
19 min: Line dropout - Storm. Another solid attack by the home side.
21 min: NO TRY- Storm. Slater looked to have scored after a Cronk chip kick. Video ref used and determines the touch down was not correct.
22 min: Thaiday flies down the field, Slater intercepts and knocks on, stopping a Broncos try. Broncos with their first real chance in the game 20 metres out.
23 min: TRY
PENALTY TRY - Folau, with the sound of the crowd booing in his ears, knocks back a high kick to Yow Yeh who is close to scoring but Slater kicks the ball out. Slater on report for using his foot, and the penalty try is awarded by the video ref.
Brisbane Broncos 6-4
26 min: With the crowd continuously booing, the Broncos hot on attack. Norman held up by Slater over the line.
27 min: TRY
Folau uses his strength to get across the line.
Brisbane Broncos 12-4
29 min: Relieving penalty to the Storm eases the crowd, the Storm with the ball 40 metres out from their line. A mistake by Slater is scooped up by the visitors.
33 min: NO TRY - Quinn closes to scoring before he's pummeled over the sideline by the Broncos defenders. His arm just in touch before he grounded the ball.
36 min: TRY
TRY Brisbane Broncos
Scored by Gerard Beale. Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.
Gerard Beale is in for Brisbane and they continue their solid form. Parkers conversion puts them 14 points clear.
Brisbane Broncos 18-4
39 min: TRY
TRY Brisbane Broncos
Scored by Israel Folau. Conversion attempt by Corey Parker successful.
Back-to-back tries for Brisbane, they're looking more and more likely to be the first team to sink the Storm and the first NRL club to win at AAMI Park! Folau is in, Parker converts and they're twenty points in front at the halftime break.
Brisbane Broncos 24-4
40 min: HALFTIME: The big crowd at AAMI Park enjoying the halftime entertainment - because most of them haven't enjoyed the first half. Melbourne started solidly but Brisbane have hit back and then some. Folau has a double, and the Broncos are simply playing better footy than their Storm counterparts. Watch this space - a very interesting second half is coming up.
41 min: The Storm kick off the second half, hoping to peg back the lead the Broncos have.
42 min: Early mistake by the Storm as Proctor loses the ball forward on the spurt.
44 min: Hoffman off for the Broncos and into the tunnel, wincing.
46 min: LINE DROPOUT - Storm. The home side looked certain to score thru Nielsen but the scrambling defence just hold on. Ball is tapped over the dead ball line out wide.
47 min: LINE DROPOUT - Storm. Back to back sets as the Storm launch another attack.
49 min: TRY
Fifth tackle and the Broncos defence had to crack. A high kick by Cronk out wide is nailed well by Duffie. Outstanding kick by Inglis from the sideline.
Brisbane Broncos 24-10
52 min: NO TRY - Storm. A short kick by Quinn on the fifth tackle 40 metres out, is kicked thru by Quinn and followed thru only to knock it on over the tryline..
55 min: TRY
The Broncos keep the ball alive both sides of the field, with Norman eventually ducking thru to score.
Brisbane Broncos 30-10
57 min: The Storm get a penalty 40 metres out from their line but are unable to penetrate the concerted effort by the Broncos. Folau dives on a loose ball to hand over possession.
59 min: Thiaday close to scoring but short. A kick thru by Lockyer is brilliantly taken on the run by Slater.
62 min: Completion rate by Broncos 24/27. Great effort against the Storm.
63 min: Forward pass by the Broncos on the Storm 30 metre line allows the home side a great attacking opportunity. Slater penalised for being in front of Cronk's kick.
65 min: LINE DROPOUT - Broncos. Slater puts his body on the line to save a certain try by the Broncos.
67 min: TRY
Short dropout by the Storm didn't work. A lovely pass by Lockyer puts Te'o into a huge gap to score.
Brisbane Broncos 36-10
67 min: Hoffman, the Broncos fullback off earlier, has been diagnosed with broken ribs.
70 min: Setu down injured. Looks to be winded but play stops.
73 min: NO TRY - Storm. Quinn looks to have nabbed his 2nd try as the booing in the crowd is aimed at the officials on the field using the video ref. The ruling is no try, the crowd isn't very happy.
77 min: The Broncos throwing the ball around and close to scoring.
78 min: TRY
Duffie flies down the sideline running 85 metres to score a try and light up the stadium.
Brisbane Broncos 36-14
80 min: FULLTIME - The Broncos finish the game on the attack, as the stopped the victory celebrations at AAMI Park winning 36-14.