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After a couple of near chances for both sides it was the Storm who scored first through mercurial fullback Billy Slater, and fellow superstar Greg Inglis quickly followed it up with a try of his own to open up a 10-0 lead within 18 minutes. Melbourne dominated possession for much of the first half, undoubtedly helped by some poor options on attack from Manly, and the pressure told when Billy Slater scored a second try in the 29th minute on the back of a sparkling break down the touchline by Will Chambers.
The home side started the second half in perfect fashion with Anthony Quinn scoring in the corner before many of the fans had returned to their seats, and it could have been much worse if the Storm had been able to take advantage of a couple of other try-scoring opportunities that presented themselves shortly afterwards.
A turning point came in the 54th minute when Manly centre Steve Bell was denied a try thanks to a