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Fulltime score: Round 16 Melbourne Storm 48 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6
Melbourne did their best to keep pace with the clock in the opening forty minutes, holding a commanding 32-0 lead at half time. The second half moved a little slower with Melbourne first to score, while it took the Bunnies 57 minutes to get their first try thanks to Ashley Harrison. Glen Turner scored in the 62nd min to rub more salt into Souths wound.
The result is a negative for the Bunnies on many fronts. It may be a crucial factor in the decision of players looking to move to Redfern next year, including Storm players Matt Orford and Steven Bell
Billy Slater was the star this evening, bagging a hat trick of tries to keep up his amazing tally but in light of Slater?s efforts, Souths were extremely disappointing after showing glimpses of what they are capable of over the past three weeks.
Scorers: MELBOURNE STORM Tries: Geyer x 2, Slater x 3, Webster, Kidwell, Bell, Turner Goals: Smith 2/3, Orford 4/6 STH SYDNEY RABBITOHS Tries: Harrison Goals: Williams 1/1
Live commentary: 1st min: We are underway at Olympic Park.
5th min: Try - Storm. Matt Geyer opens the Storm scoring with a try. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 4-0.
11th min: TRY - Storm. Billy Slater adds to his season tally with another try. Conversion successful. Storm 10-0.
20th min: TRY - Storm. Billy Slater gets a double and the Bunnies are in serious trouble now. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 14-0.
25th min: TRY - Storm. Jake Webster gets in on the act. Conversion successful. Storm 20-0.
28th min: TRY - Storm. Slater gets a triple and the scoreline starts to get ugly. Conversion successful. Storm 26-0.
34th min: TRY - Storm. David Kidwell gets across for yet another Sotmr try. Conversion successful. Storm 32-0.
HALF TIME: It's been all Melbourne and they have already wrapped the game up. The only thing Souths have to play for in the second half is pride. Do they have any? The second forty will tell us all we need to know.
41st min: We are underway in the second half.
43rd min: TRY - Storm. Steven Bell continues the carnage for Souths by getting yet another try. This is going to get ugly, real ugly! Conversion successful. Storm 38-0.
52nd min: Still no change in the score.
57th min: Try - Souths. Shaley Harrison breaks the drought for Souths. A least they are on the board. Conversion successful. Storm 38-6.
62nd min: TRY - Storm. Glen turner corsses for the Storm. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 42-6.
74th min: The game is coming to a quiet end. No side is doing much as the result is well and truly beyond doubt.
79th min: TRY - Storm. Matt Geyer gets a double in the dying moments of the match. Conversion
FULL TIME: Co,prehensive win to the Storm over a disappointing South Sydney side. Billy Slater bagged a hat trick while Matt Geyer got a double. Pretty much the result everyone expected. ----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - B Slater (Storm) 2 - M Orford (Storm) 1 - C Smith (Storm) -----------------------------------------