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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.
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
6: PENALTY STORM: Opening penalty of the night goes to the Storm after the Raiders were too slow leaving the Ruck
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
18: PENALTY RAIDERS: Billy Slater is penalised for a strip
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
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
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
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
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
58: PENALTY RAIDERS: Ryan Hinchcliffe is penalised then cops a ball to the head after Sauliuma throws it at him & it nearly boils over
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
75: Raiders get pulled back for a forward pass, Jarrod Croker not happy with the call but replays suggest call was right
80: Full Time at AAMI Park and the Storm have scored a 28-6 win over the Raiders