Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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A week after being humiliated by South Sydney, the Melbourne Storm has comprehensively beaten the Penrith Panthers by 32 points to 12. After a big clash in Townsville last week it appears that Penrith just didn?t turn up to play and lacked any sort of intensity. But take nothing away from Melbourne as they hit back with a crushing victory to return to the winners circle.
Penrith have lost their first game in 9 weeks, breaking a record winning streak at the club. But coach Johnny Lang couldn?t be too upset, as Penrith have become somewhat of a benchmark in recent weeks and many clubs look forward to knocking them off.
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3 points ? Matt Orford 2 points ? Robbie Kearns 1 point ? Preston Campbell
By the clock:
8 min: Penalty goal kicked by Orford and the Storm take a 2-nil lead.
14 min: Penalty to the Panthers sees Preston Campbell kick a goal. Scores now level at 2-all.
18 min: TRY - Penrith. Luke Lewis scores for the home team. Campbell misses the goal. Penrith lead 6-2.
22 min: TRY - Melbourne. Storm winger Marcus Bai goes in for the visitors. Scores locked at 6-all.
23 min: Orford converts the Bai try, Melbourne lead 8-6.
28 min: TRY - Melbourne. Matt Geyer scores for the Storm and extend their lead to 12-6.
30 min: Orford converts and the Storm lead 14-6.
37 min: TRY - Melbourne. David Kidwell charges over and the visitors have racked up a nifty lead going into half time. Melbourne 18 Penrith 6.
38 min: Orford keeps his perferct record tonight intact with his 4th goal. Storm lead by 20 points to 6.
Storm in control of this clash, dominating the Panthers and out-playing them. The Victorian side could spoil Penrith's 8 game winning streak.
46 min: TRY - Melbourne. Halfback Matt Orford bags a four pointer to push the lead out to 24-6.
47 min: Orford makes no mistake adding the extras on his own try. Melbourne lead 26-6.
65 min: TRY - Melbourne. Robbie Kearns caps off a great week when he cleans up a loose ball after a mistake by Scott Sattler in the in-goal area. Try referred to vidoe referee and is awarded. Melbourne lead 30 points to 6.
67 min: Matt Orford converts easily. Melbourne 32 Penrith 6.
72 min: TRY - Penrith. Wesser gets a consolation try from a clever kick by Preston Campbell. Melbourne lead 32-10.
73 min: Campbell converts to reduce the deficit to 20 points. Melbourne lead 32-12.