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Fulltime score: Round 10 Rabbitohs 12 v Storm 38
Match summary: The Melbourne Storm have thrashed a woeful South Sydney side 38-12 at Aussie Stadium this evening.
South Sydney are doing their level best to wrest the wooden spoon favouritism from the Knights as they continue to give the critics ammunition with dreadful performances week in, week out. Their poor form comes at a time when the NRL are considering expanding the competition and people have rightly raised the question of Souths inclusion at the expense of another team willing to deliver results to the fans.
The Storm did enough to win the game without ever having to get out of second gear and move within sight of the top four. The only disappointing aspect for the Storm tonight was their poor goalkicking record which could have seen them reach fifty points had they been on target. Souths will be lucky to win another game all year and once the Knights start getting their injured players back, they are sure to overtake Souths and leave them with their fourth wooden spoon since their re-admission back in 2002.
With Souths languishing in fourteenth position and the club and coach openly stating players are playing for contracts, it has becomne patently obvious there is no pride left in the myrtle and green and that the players are simply going through the motions.
Scorers: SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 12 Tries: Harrison, Polglase Goals: Walker 1/1, Sutton 1/1
MELBOURNE STORM 38 Tries: Turner 2, Kidwell, Orford, Chan, Inglis, Geyer, Bell. Goals: Smith 3/8
Aussie Stadium Crowd: 6,574 Referee: Jason Robinson Half time: Storm 22-6
Live commentary: 1st min: Kickoff! We are underway at Aussie Stadium.
7th min: TRY - Storm. David Kidwell opens the Storm account. Conversion unsuccessful. Melbourne 4-0.
17th min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Ashley Harrison gets the Bunnies first try. Conversion successful. Rabbitohs 6-4.
24th min: TRY - Storm. Matt Orford puts the Sotmr back in front. Conversion successful. Storm 10-6.
32nd min: TRY - Storm. Alex Chan extends the Storm lead. Conversion successful. Storm 16-6.
38th min: TRY - Storm. Glen Turner gets a vital try just before the half time break. Conversion successful. Storm 22-6.
HALF TIME: Melbourne hold a commanding 16 point lead at half time and should go on to win teh match comfortably against a disappointing South Sydney side.
41st min: Here we go in the second half!
49th min: TRY - Storm. Matt Geyer gets another Storm try as Melbourne run riot over a hapless South Sydney team. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 30-6.
57th min: TRY - Storm. Steven Bell continues the carnage. Conversion successful. Storm 34-6.
62nd min: TRY - Storm. Glen Turner gets a double as Souths throw in the towel without so much as a whimper. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 38-6.
68th min: TRY - Souths. Todd Polglase gets Souths into double figures. Conversion successful. Storm 38-12.
FULL TIME: Melbourne have run out convincing winners over South Sydney this evening and the result was never in doubt with Souths again showing little pride in their club colours. Melbourne are again looking good but how can you give a true estimation after beating South Sydney? ----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - M Orford (Storm) 2 - G Turner (Storm) 1 - C Smith (Storm) -----------------------------------------