The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Match Summary: A sensational game of Rugby League unfolded at Olympic Park in the shadow of controversial tackles in the past week.
Knocked unconscious last week by Josh Perry, Sharks prop Ben Ross took a cheap shot at Storm halfback Cooper Cronk in the 67th minute, evoking an immediate reaction from rival prop Brett White who stepped in and bludgeoned Ross to a pulp.
Looking back to the game and it started at a frenetic pace yet slowed to a canter just after halftime, a trend that is appearing across the board with day games so far this season.
The Sharks opened up a 14-point lead after just 11 minutes with David Simmons, the elusive Brett Kearney and Paul Gallen all finding their way to the line through a variety of means. This was partly due to a glut of possession which seemed to catch the Storm off-guard and their defence was left wanting.
Poor kicking by the usually reliable Luke Covell meant the game was still within reach for the Storm and couldn