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Storm claim top of the table
The Melbourne Storm have ended the winning streak of the South Sydney Rabbitohs as they claimed the top of the table with a 16-10 victory at ANZ Stadium in front a healthy crowd of 32,671.
The first half saw the Storm rack up a 12-0 score line. The first points came through Kevin Proctor as he crawled and reach out for the goal line running off a Ryan Hinchcliffe offload. The second try came through Mahe Fonua who flirted with the touch in goal line to coolly plant the ball down in the corner.
The Rabbitohs pressured the Storm, but mistakes cost them chances in the opening half.
The second half saw the Rabbitohs fight for the victory, scoring two tries. However, the Storm were able to hold strong defending until full time.
Sam and George Burgess were strong for the Rabbitohs as their power saw the South Sydney side post their first points. Greg Inglis claimed the try as Adam Reynolds' cross field kick was collected and planted down. 10 minutes until the second half, the Storm held leaders 12-6.
Inside the final 10 minutes the Rabbitohs remained hopeful as their went searching for the try line. With seven minutes to play, they found it through Andrew Everingham who dived over in the corner thanks to the boot of Adam Reynolds.
All hope was dashed for the fans in the Burrow as Cooper Cronk slot a field goal to secure the victory, 17-10. The Storm claimed the victory, but it wasn't without punishment as Billy Slater was sin binned in the final three minutes for a professional foul on Nathan Merritt. Lucky for the Storm, it did not affect them as they held strong.
With the victory the Storm are now outright leaders of the NRL after six rounds as they handed the Rabbitohs their first loss of 2013. Next week the Storm head back to AAMI Park to face the struggling Warriors. Meanwhile the Rabbitohs head across town to Brookvale when they do battle with the Manly Sea Eagles.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 Melbourne Storm 17
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: Storm 12-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Gareth Widdop
2 points - Adam Reynolds
1 point - Sisa Waqa
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (10)
Tries: Greg Inglis, Andrew Everingham
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (1/2)
MELBOURNE STORM (17)
Tries: Kevin Proctor, Mahe Fonua, Gareth Widdop
Field Goals: Cooper Cronk (1/1)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/3)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
NRL TEAM NEWS:
Rabbitohs - Dylan Farrell OUT; Beau Champion IN (wearing jersey 22)
Storm - Tohu Harris moves to the bench, Kevin Proctor starts for the Storm. Billy Slater will play despite rumours he would miss it with a foot injury.
Billy Slater makes an unforced error as he tried to jump for the chip kick from Cooper Cronk. Adam Reynolds luck not to have ruled to have touched that. Scrum for the Rabbitohs on their 10 metre line
Scored by Kevin Proctor. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
Kevin Proctor claims first points for the Storm as Cooper Cronk put Ryan Hinchcliffe into a hole. Proctor off the pass from Hinchcliffe crawled and reach out for the goal line. Cameron Smith with the conversion slot the extras
Melbourne Storm 6-0
Scored by Mahe Fonua. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.
Cooper Cronk provided the pin-point kick to the corner for Mahe Fonua to flirt with the touchline and as cool as you like post the Storm's second try. Video referee happily awarded the try as Fonua managed to stay inside the field of play. Cameron Smith from the touchline is successful
Melbourne Storm 12-0
Scored by Greg Inglis. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
On the back a big runs from both Sam and George Burgess. Greg Inglis off the boot from Adam Reynolds leapt up high and crashed down for the Rabbitohs first points. Reynolds with the conversion added the extras.
Melbourne Storm 12-6
Scored by Gareth Widdop. Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith is unsuccessful.
Gareth Widdop with some beautiful footwork off a short pass from Billy Slater darted away from Adam Reynolds and Beau Champion to reach out and score. Cameron Smith with the conversion from out wide hits the uprights and it's no goal.
Melbourne Storm 16-6
Issac Luke makes an unforced error as the pass from John Sutton was poor. Storm hold on as they get a scrum feed on their 10 metre line.
Scored by Andrew Everingham. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds is unsuccessful.
Adam Reynolds provided Andrew Everingham a beautiful cut out pass to the wing and Everingham flew and dived over the in the corner. The Rabbitohs are coming, Adam Reynolds from the touchline is unable to convert.
Melbourne Storm 16-10
Field goal attempt by Cooper Cronk successful as he struck it beautifully and had a mile of time to make it a seven point lead
Melbourne Storm 17-10
Billy Slater is sent to the sin bin after putting Nathan Merritt off the ball as he kicked ahead. Penalty to the Rabbitohs only 10 metres out
Jeff Lima makes an unforced error as he dropped the short pass from Lima. Storm will hold now here