Storm too good at slippery AAMI Park

The Melbourne Storm have scored an emphatic 28-14 win over the Canberra Raiders at a slippery AAMI Park.

The game started off strongly for the Storm when Kevin Proctor cleaned up a bouncing ball that was knocked on by the Raiders and after the Video Ref review the try was awarded the Storm took a 4-0 lead early on.

The Storm then extended their lead just 4 minutes later when the Raiders defence fell away for Jordan McLean to stroll through and score under the posts to take the lead out to 10-0.

The game then became an end to end to battle before Sami Sauiluma scored in the corner for the Raiders although there were grounds for the Video Referee to award an 8 point try against the Storm, even though they still awarded the try.

The kick off then lead to disaster for the Raiders when Anthony Milford knocked it on trying to pick it up off the bounce and in the ensuing set the Storm made the Raiders pay when Marika Koroibete scored out in the corner for the Storm to bring the scores to 14-6.

Not long before halftime Anthony Milford showed his special skill to score a try through some poor defence to bring the scores back to 14-10 which is where it stayed until halftime.

The second half was a pretty even affair and the Raiders were the first to show their dominance in the half however it was the Storm who were first to score after they were able to defend repeat sets from the Raiders, the try came through Mahe Fonua who found himself in space after Cameron Smith set piece.

From there the Storm were able to cut through some pretty flimsy Raiders defence when Sisa Waqa raced down the sideline off a scrum to score, that was followed soon after by another try to Mahe Fonua this time after he managed to take the ball from the grasp of his teammate to find open space and score his second and secure the victory for the Storm.

The Raiders managed to pull one back late in the game when Jarrad Croker took an 85m intercept to score and right on the space of full time , Reece Robinson looked certain to score however Billy Slater pulled out a strong chase to stop him.

The Storm next weekend head north to take on the Broncos at Suncorp next Friday night, meanwhile the Raiders are at home next Monday night when they take on the Rabbitohs.  


Match Details
Melbourne Storm 28 Canberra Raiders 14
Venue: AAMI Park
Crowd: 0
Halftime Score: Melbourne Storm 14 Canberra Raiders 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Billy Slater
2 points - Cooper Cronk
1 point - Mahe Fonua

MELBOURNE STORM (28)
Tries: Kevin Proctor, Jordan McLean, Marika Koroibete, Mahe Fonua (2), Sisa Waqa
Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/6)
Penalty Goals:

CANBERRA RAIDERS (14)
Tries: Sami Sauiluma, Jarrod Croker, Anthony Milford
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (1/2), Terry Campese (0/1)
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

TEAM CHANGES: Melbourne Storm: Kurt Mann is OUT, Sisa Waqa starts in jersey 19, Jordan McLean starts in jersey 17, with Ryan Hinchcliffe dropping back to the bench,

Canberra Raiders: 1-17

Big congratulations to one of our referees - Chris Butler who makes his NRL debut tonight

As per all games round both sides coming out to the song 'Day By Day' for Alex McKinnon with both sides standing side to side

PLAY UNDERWAY at AAMI Park for this one, Raiders with first possession

2: Cooper Cronks lines himself up for a 40/20 but a touch by the Raiders slows it down and Milford works it from his own 20m

3: Raiders go high with the kick but Billy Slater takes it easily

4: Storm get another set after the kick was played at by the Raiders

4: VIDEO REFEREE: Shayne Hayne sends this one upstairs for a possible Proctor try, onfield its a TRY, checking a possible knock on

5: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Kevin Proctor. Kick to come.

Kevin Proctor opens the scoring for the Storm after they get six again with the ball bouncing around after being touched by the Raiders

5: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Cameron Smith puts a shocker in and the conversion goes across the face

6: PENALTY STORM: Opening penalty of the night goes to the Storm after the Raiders were too slow leaving the Ruck

7: VIDEO REFEREE: Jordan McLean looks to have scored, Shayne Hayne says TRY, checking obstruction

8: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Jordan McLean. Kick to come.

Poor defence from the Raiders there and Jordan McLean strolls through for an easy try

8: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Cameron Smith has no problems converting from in front

11: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Kevin Proctor makes an unforced error.

Kevin Proctor drops a low pass and Raiders go on attack

12: Storm trying to working it out of their own 20m zone and strong defence from the Raiders keeping them in their own half

14: PENALTY RAIDERS: Raiders get a penalty after Bryan Norrie stays in the ruck too long

16: Raiders on the backfoot in the set but a fortunate tap back from Sisa Waqa on the cross-field kick ends up in the hands of Paul Vaughan

17: Melbourne Storm create a 4 on 2 overlap but the pass goes straight to Reece Robinson

18: PENALTY RAIDERS: Billy Slater is penalised for a strip

18: VIDEO REFEREE: Checking a Sami Sauiluma try, Shayne Hayne says try, just checking the contact from Koroibete

18: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Sami Sauiluma. Kick to come.

Sami Sauliuma scores in the corner of a magic Terry Campese long pass, Video Refs look at the contact but decide not to award an 8 point try

18: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker unsuccessful.

Jarrod Croker misses the conversion to the left

22: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Anthony Milford makes an unforced error.

Anthony Milford makes a dogs breakfast of the kick off and knocks it on

23: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Marika Koroibete. Kick to come.

Well the Dogs breakfast of the kick off by Milford comes back to haunt him with Koroibete scoring out wide

24: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Cameron Smith misses the conversion from the sideline

26: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Ryan Hoffman makes an unforced error.

Ryan Hoffman tries to grab the kick but loses it and the Raiders start the set 10m out

27: PENALTY RAIDERS: Cameron Smith penalised for making a second effort in the tackle

29: Well Reece Robinson tiptoes along the sideline then gets the offload which the Raiders let bounce and its the Storm who clean it up

30: PENALTY RAIDERS: One referee calls milking the other blows the penalty, Raiders head to halfway after the kick for touch

31: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Anthony Milford. Kick to come.

Anthony Milford shows his class and races through some poor defence from the Storm to score off the back of the penalty

33: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker converts the goal from out wide to close the gap to 4 points

36: Another set for the Raiders after Billy Slater is forced to run into touch following a good kick from the Raiders

38: PENALTY RAIDERS: Jesse Bromwich way too slow leaving the ruck & is penalised

39: Raiders force a repeat set with Billy Slater trapped in goal

40: PENALTY STORM: Raiders penalised for a "leg pull", Cameron Smith finds touch on halfway

40: Half Time at AAMI Park - its the Storm 14 leading the Raiders 10

41: Play is back underway in the second half

42: PENALTY RAIDERS: Ben Roberts and Mahe Fonua penalised in the tackle to give Canberra excellent field position

43: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Dane Tilse makes an unforced error.

Dane Tilse can't catch a rocket off a pass right on the tryline

44: Well it looked like Sisa Waqa was going to score but the Raiders keep him out before Junior Moors goes through and is held up in goal

47: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Ryan Hinchcliffe makes an unforced error.

Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater combine with the chip and chase but Ryan Hinchcliffe can't hold the pass from Slater

48: Repeat set for the Raiders after Billy Slater is forced to knock the ball dead off the kick

49: Raiders force a repeat set once again after Cameron Smith has to clean up a kick that ricocheted off a team-mate

53: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Mahe Fonua. Kick to come.

An excellent set piece and pass from Mahe Fonua finds himself in space and he scores

54: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Cameron Smith converts the goal from outwide

58: PENALTY RAIDERS: Ryan Hinchcliffe is penalised then cops a ball to the head after Sauliuma throws it at him & it nearly boils over

60: UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Marika Koroibete makes an unforced error.

Mahe Fonua has an open tryline, does the unselfish thing and passes it, Koroibete knocks it on and it goes dead

64: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Sisa Waqa. Kick to come.

Poor scrum defence from the Raiders and the Storm catch them out down the blind side and Sisa Waqa races down the sideline to score

65: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Another effort from outwide missed by Cameron Smith

69: TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Mahe Fonua. Kick to come.

Well.... what happened there, Koroibete dances down the touchline bounces off the tackles then Mahe stole the ball from his own teammate to score the try

71: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Cameron Smith misses another conversion from out wide

75: Raiders get pulled back for a forward pass, Jarrod Croker not happy with the call but replays suggest call was right

76: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Jarrod Croker. Kick to come.

Jarrod Croker anticipates the pass from Cooper Cronk and he races 85m downfield to score

77: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Terry Campese unsuccessful.

Jarrod Croker obviously too puffed to take the kick so its Terry Campese who does and he misses it

80: The best piece of play of the night comes right on full time when Billy Slater stopped Reece Robinson right in the corner

80: Full Time at AAMI Park and the Storm have scored a 28-6 win over the Raiders

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