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Fulltime score: Round 15 MELBOURNE STORM 14 v PENRITH PANTHERS 28
Match summary: A sensational Preston Campbell intercept try in the 75th minute has put the icing on the cake, the Penrith Panthers runnng out 28-14 winners over the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park tonight.
In a tight first half, the Storm seem to be gaining some ground and scored again through Matt Geyer.
At half time, the home side held a narrow 8-4 lead.
The second half saw the Panthers run away with the match, scoring the next four tries before the Storm managed a consolation four-pointer two minutes before fulltime.
Scorers: MELBOURNE STORM 14 Tries: King, Geyer, Bell Goals: Orford 1/3 PENRITH PANTHERS 28 Tries: Lewis, Priddis, Howland, Swain, Campbell Goals: Campbell 4/5
Live commentary: 0 min: Kick off soon. For Panthers, Luke Rooney and Frank Pritchard are on the list of players out with Howland and McLean coming in. While for the Storm, Ryan Hoffman is out, Greg Inglis comes in.
10 min: Still 0-0. Storm come within a whisker of scoring following attacking raids, miraculously held out by the Panthers.
13 min: TRY - Panthers Luke Lewis scores out wide. Conversion Preston Campbell misses. Panthers 4-0
22 min: TRY - Storm Matt King scores out wide. Conversion from Matt Orford misses. 4-all
30 min: NO TRY - Storm denied after Orford is unable to ground the ball. Still 4-all in a tight game. Storm with more opportunities, especially one great bust down their right flank, but the Panthers holding on.
36 min: TRY - Storm. Matt Geyer scores in the left corner after some sustained pressure. Conversion attempt from Orford doesnt have the legs. Storm 8-4
Half time: Storm 8-4 Melbourne have had the better of field position but the Panthers have a little more possession. This one too close to call but put a lazy dollar on the Storm who are enjoying more line breaks and seem to be on the ascendancy.
Second half underway...
43 min: TRY- Panthers Luke Priddis barges over in fine style. Follows a contentious call; Storm fullback Billy Slater is called back after a forward pass is ruled. He looked to be running away for an 80 metre try. Conversion successful. Panthers 10-8
50 min: TRY - Panthers. Brett Howland scores in the corner courtesy of an overlap. Conversion from Presto is a ripper. Panthers 16-8
61 min: NO TRY - Storm denied after ball is ruled to have been knocked on over the line.
70 min: Still 16-8 to Penrith. Panthers playing percentage footy now while Storm are playing catch up.
71 min: TRY - Panthers. Luke Swain scores out wide. Conversion is OK and its all over red rover. Panthers 22-8
73 min: BIFF - Penalty to Melbourne from close range.
75 min: TRY - Panthers. An intercept try with Preston Campbell running the length of the field. Conversion from almost in front. Panthers 28-8
78 min: TRY - Storm. Steven Bell scores 15 metres in from touch. Conversion Orford. Panthers 28-14
Full time: Panthers 28-14 I hope you kept your dollar after I tipped the Storm at half time. The Panthers definitely lifting in the second half and surprising the locals. After delivering so much promise in the first half, the Storm have only themselves to blame, dropping off tackles and allowing Penrith to get the better of the conditions. The Panthers ended up controlling the majority of possession thanks to some great work up front from Luke Priddis, Shane Rodney and Trent Waterhouse. Meanwhile, Preston Campbell put on a great show from five eighth. The Storm wlll go away wondering as they worked hard but simply missed their opportunities. Front rower Robbie Kearns never gave up but was probably let down by a couple of his mates. The Storm's Origin players battling to back up.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - L Priddis (Panthers) 2 - P Campbell (Panthers) 1 - S Rodney (Panthers) -----------------------------------------