Slater sails back to number one

The Melbourne Storm have rewarded head coach Craig Bellamy with back-to-back wins as he celebrated his 300th match. The Rabbitohs went down at ANZ Stadium, 27-14, as it was a horror game for the Cardinal and Myrtle.

The Storm rolled through early as the Rabbitohs were error riddled from kick off. First points came just 3 minutes into the contest as Man of the Match, Billy Slater split defence via a Cooper Cronk grubber.

Cameron Smith shifted to the halves and the history was in his favour taking 6 wins from 8 starts when he has filled in at five-eighth.

Mid-way through the first half, the Storm jumped to a 14-0 lead through a penalty goal from Cameron Smith and four-pointer to Cooper Cronk (24th minute).

The Rabbitohs gifted a brief period of possession and they capitalised as young gun, Alex Johnston posted the first of two tries in the 31st minute.

In the shadows of half time, Sisa Waqa was awarded the Storm's third try as he took an offload from Will Chambers to darted under the Rabbitohs defence. After a flurry of possession, the visitors led 20-4 after 40 minutes.

Adam Reynolds and John Sutton were out to impress NSW Blues coach, Laurie Daley as they put their claims for State of Origin. A brilliant Sutton left foot step through the Melbourne defence saw Adam Reynolds taken an inside pass to bolt away for the Rabbitohs second four-pointer. Minutes into the second half, South Sydney trailed 20-10.

The Rabbitohs faithful were hopeful as Alex Johnston charged over for his second try (51st minute), however it wasn't to be as the Billy Slater claims his double minutes later.

Cooper Cronk secured victory for Melbourne with a 75th minute field goal. The Storm too strong for South Sydney, 27-14 in front of 18,508 in Sydney Olympic Park.

Next week the Rabbitohs head south to The Shire as they battle the Sharks at Remondis Stadium, while the Storm take a week off with a bye.


Match Details
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 Melbourne Storm 27
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Crowd: 18508
Halftime Score: South Sydney Rabbitohs 4 Melbourne Storm 20

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Billy Slater
2 points - Jesse Bromwich
1 point - Cameron Smith

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (14)
Tries: Alex Johnston (2), Adam Reynolds
Field Goals:
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (1/3)
Penalty Goals:

MELBOURNE STORM (27)
Tries: Billy Slater (2), Cooper Cronk, Sisa Waqa
Field Goals: Cooper Cronk (1/2)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (1/1)


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

LATE MAIL: Melbourne Storm - Shift in the halves with Cameron Smith moving to 5/8th in place of Joel Romelo who starts from the bench. Ryan Hinchcliffe starts at hooker in place of Cam Smith with Tohu Harris promoted to the lock forward position.

LATE MAIL: South Sydney Rabbitohs - No late changes for the red and green with the side running out 1-17.

Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from ANZ Stadium as we kick off Women in League Round with South Sydney hosting the Melbourne Storm. It's an interesting battle in Sydney Olympic Park as the Rabbitohs are finding their true form in the competition, meanwhile the Storm managed to pull a win over Manly last start.

The players are out onto the field and kick off is minutes away

1: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
George Burgess makes an unforced error.

George Burgess spills the first carry of the match off the kick off and the contact from Ryan Hinchcliffe sees the ball lost. Scrum for the Storm 20 metres out

2: Ben Te'o takes the ball dead as Cameron Smith toed a grubber through the line looking for Ryan Hoffman on the outside of him. Line drop out for the Rabbitohs to give the Storm a repeat set.

3: VIDEO REFEREE for the Storm, Billy Slater flying through off a cross angled grubber from Cam Smith

3: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Billy Slater. Kick to come.

Billy Slater gets GREEN LIGHTS as he dived over the Rabbitohs defence off a Cooper Cronk angled grubber.

4: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Cameron Smith with the conversion from beside the uprights slots the goal to extend the lead

7: George Burgess draws a penalty as the Storm defenders in Jesse Bromwich and Cameron Smith ruled to have stripped the ball free. Kick for touch gives the Rabbitohs possession 30 metres out from the Storm try line.

8: Apisai Koroisau is caught on last tackle, he was misguided and didn't get a kick away and the Storm come up with a hand over 10 metres off their own line. Storm controlling this game so far.

9: Forward pass is called as Billy Slater looked to dart into a hole, he offloaded across to Cooper Cronk and the pass floated forward. Scrum for the Rabbitohs 10 metres short of the half way line.

10: Brilliant take from Sisa Waqa under pressure and the Rabbitohs defence dragged him back to the goal line. Storm stuck in their red zone off the Rabbitohs kick.

11: Interchange made by the Rabbitohs - Kyle Turner has come off after making heavy contact with Billy Slater

12: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Bryson Goodwin makes an unforced error.

Bryson Goodwin unable to hold onto possession comes up with a mistake as he took a long cross field kick from Cooper Cronk. Scrum for the Storm 20 metres out

14: Chris McQueen saves the day for the Rabbitohs as Billy Slater looked to dive in for the Storm off his own rushed grubber kick. Line drop out for the second time for the Rabbitohs.

15: Sam Burgess juggles the high kick in goal, but he came from the field of play and it's another line drop out for the Rabbitohs. Back to back repeat sets for the Rabbitohs

16: Penalty to the Storm, Tohu Harris not allowed to play the ball. Cam Smith will opt for the two points.

17: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Penalty goal attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Cameron Smith with the successful penalty goal from right in front gives the Storm an 8 point lead

23: Penalty to the Storm, clothesline tackle from the Rabbitohs on the try line. Ryan Hoffman looked certain to score but he is denied.

24: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Cooper Cronk. Kick to come.

Cooper Cronk takes an offload from Sisa Waqa and charged over the try line under the Rabbitohs defence

25: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Cameron Smith from wide out on the western side of ANZ Stadium slots the conversion attempt to extend the lead over the Rabbitohs

27: The Rabbitohs can't get anything right tonight, kick restart is out on the full. However, replay indicates that Billy may have taken the ball dead himself.

28: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Kevin Proctor makes an unforced error.

Kevin Proctor on the back of a Storm shift is unable to hold possible as Ryan Hinchcliffe linked with him. Mistake comes as the Rabbitohs pack a scrum feed 10 metres off their own try line.

30: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Young Tonumaipea makes an unforced error.

Young Tonumaipea fumbles the play of the ball as he looked to play quickly to Cooper Cronk. Scrum for the Rabbitohs on half way

31: VIDEO REFEREE for the Rabbitohs, Alex Johnston is claiming as he dived through the Storm defence on the eastern sideline. Looking at obstruction and grounding

31: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Alex Johnston. Kick to come.

Alex Johnston gets the GREEN LIGHTS as he dived under the tackle of Billy Slater and Young Tonumaipea

32: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds unsuccessful.

Adam Reynolds with the conversion attempt from the eastern sideline hooks the goal across the face of goal

35: Incredible play from the Storm, three times the ball kept alive as it was flicked back in field. Storm attack deep in their own half

35: Time off here with Joel Romelo down for the Storm with a possible leg injury.

36: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Bryson Goodwin makes an unforced error.

Under 10s mistake from Bryson Goodwin as he knocked on in goal as he looked to pick up the bouncing kick from the Storm. Fourth line drop out for the Rabbitohs.

37: Penalty to the Rabbitohs, Bryson Goodwin leapt up for the catch of the ball and Sisa Waqa dragged him to ground. Souths with possession 20 metres off their try line.

39: Penalty to the Storm, Ben Te'o pinged for not releasing the player in Slater. Last 30 seconds of the match to come as the Storm will have the final say of the half.

40: VIDEO REFEREE for the Storm. Waqa is claiming as he dived over in the corner off a brilliant offload from Will Chambers.

40: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Sisa Waqa. Kick to come.

Sisa Waqa gets GREEN LIGHTS from the video referee, as he dived over in the corner. He took the offload well from Will Chambers and it's awarded

40: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Cameron Smith with the conversion attempt from the sideline on the western of ANZ Stadium slots the goal to extend their lead at the break.

40: HALF TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Melbourne Storm running riot over the Rabbitohs who have lacked a lot of possession and polish.

40: Second half is UNDERWAY at ANZ Stadium as the Rabbitohs kick off.

41: Time off here with Kirisome Auva'a and Greg Inglis colliding in mid-air as he took the kick

41: Kirisome Auva'a has been taken off the field for a concussion test. George Burgess comes on for the Rabbitohs.

42: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Sisa Waqa makes an unforced error.

Sisa Waqa unable to hold onto a late offload from Billy Slater, a shocking pass sees the Rabbitohs pick up possession on half way

43: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Adam Reynolds. Kick to come.

Adam Reynolds takes a beautiful inside pass from John Sutton has he stepped off his left foot and the Rabbitohs crack the Storm defence

44: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.

Adam Reynolds slots the conversion from right in front of the posts to close the gap to 10 points.

45: Kick from Adam Reynolds just rolls dead as Young Tonumaipea watches it over the line. 20 metre tap restart for the Storm

47: VIDEO REFEREE for the Storm, NO TRY For Kevin Proctor as we go up stairs to look at everything from onside, contest of the kick through to the grounding.

48: NO TRY for Kevin Proctor. Knock on against Sisa Waqa in the lead up to the try.

49: Penalty to the Rabbitohs, count is at 4-3 in favour of the Storm as the Rabbitohs attack on half way

49: ZERO TACKLE for the Rabbitohs as Ryan Hoffman knocked down a floating pass from the Rabbitohs. South Sydney roll up to 20 metres out

49: Penalty count is at 4-all now as the Storm lay in the ruck to slow down the play. South Sydney 20 metres out

51: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Alex Johnston. Kick to come.

Alex Johnston darts back on the inside off a offload out the ball from Dylan Walker. He beat Kurt Mann to the try line and the young gun has his second four-pointer

53: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds unsuccessful.

Adam Reynolds with the conversion swings the goal away from the posts.

53: Penalty to the Rabbitohs, Adam Reynolds has been penalised for Ryan Hinchcliffe made light contact with the kicking leg of Reynolds. Souths attack on the goal line

53: Penalty to the Rabbitohs, second effort on George Burgess. Souths attack again with a full set on the Storm try line.

54: Sisa Waqa successful defuses the kick in goal as the Reynolds' kick couldn't be collected by Goodwin flying through. Storm with it on the 20 metre line.

55: ZERO TACKLE for the Storm as the ball was knocked down by the Rabbitohs. They attack 30 metres out

55: VIDEO REFEREE for the Storm, NO TRY for Slater. Looking at obstruction

55: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Billy Slater. Kick to come.

Billy Slaters gets the live decision overturned and it's a try for the Storm. He double pumped the dummy and bolted through the defence easily. Chris McQueen ruled not to have been obstructed.

56: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Cam Smith from beside the right post nails the goal to extend the lead

59: ZERO TACKLE but it's a penalty as Cam Smith not allowed to play the ball by Burgess. Storm attack from the free kick 30 metres out from the Rabbitohs try line.

61: Kirisome Auva'a is trapped in goal as Cooper Cronk placed a kick through the defence. Line drop out for the Rabbitohs.

62: Penalty to the Storm, offside the call as they looked to defuse the bomb on last tackle. Full set for Melbourne 10 metres out from the Rabbitohs try line.

63: Double knock on the call. first off the Storm. Souths pack a scrum 10 metres off their goal line.

68: Forward pass ruled as the Rabbitohs looked to spread quickly from acting half as Koroisau linked with Sam Burgess. Scrum 10 metres short for the Storm.

70: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Cooper Cronk unsuccessful.

Cooper Cronk attempts a field goal but it's wide. However, penalty comes for the Storm being inside the 10 metres off the kick

73: VIDEO REFEREE for the Storm Bryan Norris is claiming points as he took a dive for the try line. NO TRY is the live decision

73: NO TRY for Bryan Norrie, held up the call in goal. Back to the 10 metre line.

74: SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Cooper Cronk successful.

Cooper Cronk nails the field goal easily from in front and 20 metres back. Craig Bellamy looks angry in the box but that's a bit of breathing room for him

74: George Burgess managed to regather the kick and bolt 45 metres downfield but then lost it at the death as he charged for the try line.

78: The Rabbitohs looked for a miracle, Johnston darted down the sideline. The passing centrefield after the ball was kept alive is ended with an intercept taken by Tohu Harris.

80: FULL TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Melbourne Storm record back to back wins for Craig Bellamy's 300th game as head coach.

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