Raiders ruin the Storm streak
The Canberra Raiders have done the unexpected and ended the winning streak of the Melbourne Storm with a 24-20 victory at AAMI Park in front of 15,464 fans.
Blake Ferguson was the stand out for the Raiders as he showed up his opposition centre in Justin O'Neill all night in defence.
Josh McCrone provided Ferguson the foundation for the first try with a pin-point cut out pass. The Raiders capitalised early on field position to lead the Storm 6-0 after 11 minutes.
The Storm replied minutes later with a charge from Jesse Bromwich off a short pass from Cameron Smith. The game locked up after 17 minutes, 6-all.
A controversial call came in the 34th minute with the video referee awarding a try to Billy Slater, which on replay showed an obstruction play. However, the try was awarded and the Storm hit the lead for the first time, 12-6.
The Raiders had the final say of the first half as Blake Ferguson claimed his second try in a similar fashion to his first thanks to another cut out pass from Josh McCrone.
At half time, the game all locked up at 12-all.
The Raiders put the Storm on the back foot for the opening of the second half with two tries in the first 15 minutes. Jack Wighton charged through the defence of Will Chambers and powered over the chalk. Reece Robinson burst away from the Storm chasers with a length of the field effort. The Raiders' attack isolated the Storm flanks to great affect.
After 55 minutes the Raiders leaders, 24-20.
The Storm lifted their game as the clock started to creep away from them. The Melbourne side posted two tries in four minutes to give the home fans hope of victory. Justin O'Neill started the movement with his sliding try through the Raiders defence. The second came through Mahe Fonua who made up for his earlier errors with his own four-pointer.
The Raiders held strong despite a late surge by the Storm, Canberra ended the streak of the Melbourne side, 24-20.
Melbourne Storm 20 Canberra Raiders 24
Venue: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Halftime Score: 12 all
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Blake Ferguson
2 points - Shaun Fensom
1 point - Dane Tilse
MELBOURNE STORM (20)
Tries: Jesse Bromwich, Billy Slater, Justin O'Neill, Mahe Fonua
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/4)
CANBERRA RAIDERS (24)
Tries: Blake Ferguson (2), Jack Wighton, Reece Robinson
Conversions: Blake Ferguson (4/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
We are minutes away from kick off at AAMI Park with the teams in the sheds getting the final word from their coaches.
We are underway in Melbourne with the Canberra Raiders
kicking off to give the Storm the first use of the ball
1 min: Will Chambers
with a great chase on the Storm's last tackle kick as he put Reece Robinson
under pressure to take the kick. Raiders now working it off their 10 metre line.
First penalty to the Storm, meanwhile there is injury concern for Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
Coach-killer at the max, Terry Campese
fails to find touch off the penalty kick. Storm working it over the Raiders halfway line.
Penalty to the Storm against Jake Foster
for taking Billy Slater
late off the ball. Storm attacking only 20 metres from the Raiders line.
6 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM Billy Slater
makes an unforced error.Billy Slater
is unable to hold onto the ball as he went to ground as he went searching for a hole in the Raiders defence. As a result of the mistake, the Raiders pack down a scrum feed 10 metres away from their own goal line
8 min: Sisa Waqa
passed forward to Chambers has he was being forced into touch. Scrum for Raiders, 15 metres out from the Storm goal line.
Penalty to the Storm against the Raiders for a second attempt in the tackle after the legs.
Second penalty to the Storm, they attack only 10 metres from the Canberra try line
Third penalty to the Storm in a row, this time for a flop. They take the quick tap and attack 10 metres from the goal line
17 min: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Jesse Bromwich
. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith
charged through the Raiders defence next to the uprights after taking the short pass from Cameron Smith
. The Storm making use of the back-to-back-to-back penalties. Cameron Smith
makes no mistake with the conversion from in front
Time off here with Joe Picker
down after Kevin Proctor
's hip clashed with his head. Picker looks to come off
18 min: Joe Picker
comes off and for now the Raiders are down to 15 players. Jake Foster
comes onto the field. Play continues on the 3rd tackle with the Storm on their own 40 metre line.
Penalty to the Raiders on the last tackle as the Storm ruled to have hands on the ball in the ruck
23 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS Blake Ferguson
makes an unforced error.Blake Ferguson
comes up with another mistake as the Raiders attempted to shift the ball. Scrum feed for the Storm on their own 40 metre line
The Storm shifted wide, but the floating pass from Cronk is missed by Mahe. Scrum Raiders 10 metres from their goal line
Differential penalty to the Raiders for the Storm failing to pack correctly. Raiders attacking just short of halfway
27 min: Cooper Cronk
's long kick on the last tackle is juggled by Reece Robinson
at the mouth of the posts, he cleans up and the defence meets him at the 10 metre line.
Penalty to the Raiders and they charge up near halfway with the kick for touch
Second penalty to the Storm against Kevin Proctor
for a strip in the ruck. Raiders kick for touch and will start their set 30 metres from the goal line
VIDEO REFEREE for the Raiders, Edrick Lee
reached out for the line and scored. We have a TRY, we are looking at the grounding and sideline here
Video Referee rules NO TRY for Edrick Lee
has his left hand scrapped the touchline before he managed to reach out and ground the ball in the corner. Scrum feed packs for the Storm on their own 10 metre line.
32 min: Billy Slater
made a good skipping break, the kick away for Chambers is knocked out by Edrick Lee
. Line drop out called for the Storm
VIDEO REFEREE for the Storm, Billy Slater
has scored. We are looking at obstruction here
34 min: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Billy Slater
. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith
is awarded the try despite an obstruction clear as day being run by the Storm. The video referee overturn the original decision and gave Slater his try. Cameron Smith
with the conversion added the extras from next to the postsMelbourne Storm
35 min: Cooper Cronk
is ruled offside from the kick on the last tackle, penalty to the Raiders
Time off here with Billy Slater
called out. Penalty to the Raiders for a shoulder charge
38 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM Sisa Waqa
makes an unforced error.Sisa Waqa
ruled to have knocked on as the Raiders attempted to shift the ball. Scrum feed packs for Canberra 10 metres out from the Storm line. Big chance to level the score before half time here
Penalty to the Raiders for the Storm pushing down the attacker after the held call. Still 10 metres out from the Storm line
40 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Blake Ferguson
. Conversion attempt by Blake Ferguson
claims his second try off another cut out pass from Josh McCrone
. A poor defensive read once again from Justin O'Neill
as Ferguson makes him pay again. He converts his own try and the Raiders lock the game up at 12-all
Second half is UNDERWAY in Melbourne with Cameron Smith
kicking off, Joel Edwards
takes the catch to start the first set for the Raiders.
43 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM Mahe Fonua
makes an unforced error.Mahe Fonua
is unable to take the kick from the Raiders as it slips through his hands. The Raiders with a scrum feed 10 metres out from the goal line
Penalty to the Storm for a slow release in the ruck from the Raiders. The Storm attacking only 10 metres out
50 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM Mahe Fonua
makes an unforced error.Mahe Fonua
drops the ball again as the Storm attempt to shift it wide off the back of a penalty
VIDEO REFEREE for the Storm, Justin O'Neill
is claiming. Referee says TRY, looking at the grounding here
The kick from Cooper Cronk
on the last tackle is too long as it rolls dead beating all chasers. 20 metre tap for the Raiders
Penalty to the Storm against Josh McCrone
for hands in the ruck after the held call. The Storm attacking only 30 metres from the Raiders try line
The Storm started to connect the play together as Billy Slater
looked to create a run around play, but his pass was dropped by Will Chambers
. Scrum packs for the Raiders on their 10 metre line
Slater spread the ball to Waqa, but the Raiders force him over the touchline. Scrum Raiders, it was great pressure from Edrick Lee
and Jack Wighton
to force Sisa over the sideline. Raiders looking to close out the game with a chance 30 metres from the goal line
Inside FOUR minutes and the kick from Cooper Cronk
beats Sisa Waqa
over the touchline. Scrum feed to the Raiders 30 metres off their goal line
78 min: Brett Finch
comes into the game inside the final TWO minutes for the Storm
78:44 - Forward pass against the Raiders. Scrum feed for the Storm 40 metres out
The Storm have kicked on the first tackle from the scrum. Slater offside, Raiders with it on halfway
Scrum for the Raiders, 3 seconds to play.
FULL TIME at AAMI Park in Melbourne, The Canberra Raiders
have ended the winning streak of the Storm with a strong performance, 24-20