Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
The Sydney-siders ran away to big lead in the first half with tries to Luke Lewis, Mark Riddell, Eric Grothe and Steve Menzies. Hazem El Masri added a penalty goal to make the score 22-0 at half time.
The Country team came out firing in the second half, with three tries in the first 10 minutes - two to Trent Barrett [pictured] and one to Amos Roberts. Anthony Watmough powered over to put City up by 10 again.
Some magic by the Country backs led to a try out wide to Amos Roberts, Luke Covell was unable to convert. The Country boys dropped the ball not long after the kickoff, setting Sherwin up for a particularly wobbly field goal to wrap the game up.
COUNTRY ORIGIN 22 Tries: Barrett 2, Roberts 2 Goals: Covell (3/4) CITY ORIGIN 29 Tries: Lewis, Riddell, Grothe, Menzies, Watmough Goals: El Masri (4/6) Field Goals: Sherwin (1/1)
Oakes Oval, Lismore Referee: Steven Clark
0 min: Kickoff in the first of the domestic representative matches in Australia at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
5 min: Trent Barrett is warned for hitting Menzies on suspicion.
6 min: TRY - City Luke Lewis scores out wide after a break out earlier in the set. Play shifts right and Lewis scores comfortably near the corner. El Masri kicks across the face of the posts. 4-0 City.
14 min: The penalty count is 5-0 to City.
17 min: TRY - City City score after getting a good attacking set after another error by Country. Eric Grothe scores easily off a great pass by Mark Riddell from dummy half. El Masri hooks the conversion. 14-0 City.
29 min: NO TRY - Country Tupou scores in wide space, but the pass was forward.
32 min: NEWS - Anthony Tupou has lost his two front teesh.
38 min: TRY - City Steve Menzies scores off his own grubber after Sherwin chips, regathers. Kicks to El Masri who bats it to Menzies who trickles a grubber into the in goal to score out wide. El Masri lands the touchline conversion. 22-0 City.
40 min: The second half kicks off.
51 min: TRY - Country Barrett grabs a double as first reciever off the scrum. He steps through the defence and scores under the black dot. Covell converts. We appear to have a football match. 22-18 City.
58 min: NEWS - Preston Campbell has been KO'ed by John Skandalis' knee.
73 min: TRY - Country Amos Roberts scores out on the right off the back of a penalty. Covell misses the touchline conversion.
FULL TIME - The siren goes 90 seconds early, but the result was all but academic.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - M Riddell (City Origin) 2 - S Menzies (City Origin) 1 - T Barrett (Country Origin) -----------------------------------------