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.
Gareth Widdip returned serve minutes later with some fancy footwork off a short pass from Billy Slater to score. Cameron Smith, however, from the touchline unsuccessful with the conversion.
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
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited.com's coverage LIVE from ANZ Stadium as the top of the table do battle with the Rabbitohs hosting the Storm.
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.
Minutes away from kick off here at ANZ Stadium with people still pouring into the ground late. Teams in the sheds getting the final messages from the staff. Kick off shortly
We are UNDERWAY at ANZ Stadium as the Rabbitohs kick off through Bryson Goodwin
. The Storm get the first use of the ball
Big first set from the Storm, almost going 100 metres off the kick off. The Rabbitohs working it out of their 10 metre line.
The Storm were going no where on the last tackle, but Billy Slater
toed the ball ahead for himself. Greg Inglis
was forced to play at the ball and concede a line drop out as a result. The Storm applying the pressure here
4 min: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM 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
Penalty awarded to the Rabbitohs as the Storm were ruled to have held down in the ruck too long. Rabbitohs attacking 30 metres out as a result.
Penalty to the Storm against Adam Reynolds
. The Storm previously going well to defuse the kick from John Sutton
. Gareth Widdop
leapt from the field of play to take the ball. The Storm working it off their 20 metre line now
Penalty to the Rabbitohs against the Storm defence, offside the call. Adam Reynolds
finds touch and the Rabbitohs attacking again 30 metres from the goal line
The Storm defence holding strong as the Rabbitohs failed to put pressure on, Adam Reynolds
kick on the last taken easily by Cameron Smith
. Working it off their 10 metre line.
The Storm off their second line drop out unable to get points as a mistake is cleaned up by Issac Luke
. Rabbitohs with the ball deep in their own half
16 min: Greg Inglis
with all class as he picked up the ball just inside the 20 metre line as the Storm looked for a 40/20. Big plays from both sides.
17 min: Ryan Hinchcliffe
opened up the Rabbitohs defence as he made the break. The Storm passing wide to Founa, but it's cleaned up and forced out by Andrew Everingham
. The kick earns the Storm a line drop out once again.
Penalty to the Storm, as Jason Ryles
passed the ball off the ground. Ryles almost going over the goal line, but penalised as he offloaded on the ground to Cameron Smith
The pressure all on the Rabbitohs as the Storm earn another line drop out as Greg Inglis
was forced to take the ball dead.
25 min: Siosaia Vave
has come straight off the field for the Storm with a knee injury. Meanwhile the Rabbitohs are on the attack with a scrum feed on the Storm's 30 metre line as Jason Ryles
lost the ball in a tackle
27 min: Jason Ryles
had the ball stripped out and it's a penalty to the Storm.
Second penalty to the Storm as Billy Slater
was tackled without the ball. The Storm attacking inside the Rabbitohs 30 metre line
30 min: Greg Inglis
with a charging run through the goal line, but the next play the Rabbitohs earn a penalty as the Storm hold too long in the tackle. Rabbitohs attacking inside the Storm 10 metre line.
32 min: Sisa Waqa
with a BEAUTIFUL take over his head and then managed to offload to Slater
Massive defence from the Rabbitohs, three of them force Mahe Fonua
back in goal off the kick from Adam Reynolds
. Wonderful play from the South Sydney side
35 min: Gareth Widdop
originally took the intercept but dropped it. Big play from Widdop. Scrum Rabbitohs
36 min: Cooper Cronk
knocked down the pass from the Rabbitohs, zero tackle was called. However, on the 1st tackle Adam Reynolds
fired a grubber kick through the line, Mahe Fonua
flying through beat Reynolds and knocked it dead. Line drop out for the Rabbitohs
VIDEO REFEREE for the Storm, we have a TRY. Looking at the touchline for Mahe Fonua
40 min: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
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 successfulMelbourne Storm
HALF TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Melbourne Storm
leading the Rabbitohs 12-0
Second half is UNDERWAY at ANZ Stadium as the Storm kick off
Penalty to the Rabbitohs for a slow play release from the Storm. Rabbitohs attacking on halfway
Penalty to the Rabbitohs off the kick off as the Storm ruled to have stripped out the ball in the ruck. Rabbitohs once again attacking on halfway
The boos ring around ANZ as Billy Slater
looked to have knocked on. Storm lucky there, they have it inside their 10 metre line.
53 min: Sisa Waqa
pushing up in defence forces a poor pass from Greg Inglis
over the head of Merritt. Storm with it 40 metres away from the Rabbioths goal line
Penalty to the Rabbitohs against Sau for a strip. Billy Slater
gave up possession on the previous play as he offloaded and the Rabbitohs came up with it. The South Sydney side attack 30 metres from the Storm goal line
60 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 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.
62 min: Mahe Fonua
didn't have to play at the kick. He juggled the ball in goal, line drop out for Rabbitohs.
63 min: Sam Burgess
charging into the line, a massive run but it ends with a mistake as he dropped it. Scrum Storm deep in their own half
Penalty awarded to the Storm as Adam Reynolds
dragged Widdop over the line after the held call
Long kick from Billy Slater
sees the ball roll just a metre before the corner post. Scrum for the Rabbitohs on their 10 metre line.
Penalty awarded to the Rabbitohs as Adam Reynolds
unable to play it quickly. Rabbitohs attacking 20 metres out
75 min: Greg Inglis
coming up with space and running strong, he looked for support as he offloaded. However, the ball bounced away from everyone and ended up over the touchline. Scrum feed for the Storm on halfway
76 min: SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Cooper Cronk
successful as he struck it beautifully and had a mile of time to make it a seven point leadMelbourne Storm
78 min: SIN BINBilly 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
79 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS Jeff Lima
makes an unforced error as he dropped the short pass from Lima. Storm will hold now here
FULL TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Storm hold on and run away victors over the Rabbitohs, 17-10. Match report shortly