FANS have rushed tickets for rugby league's second State of Origin game at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.Only 3,500 of the 52,500 tickets remain after 14,000 were snapped up in the first 90 minutes this morning. QRL officials held back 500 tickets for north Queensland fans whose lives were disrupted by Cyclone Larry today. The first game of the series will be played at Sydney's Telstra Stadium on May 24 with the return game in Brisbane on June 14. The third game is booked for Melbourne's Telstra Dome on July 5.
NRL favourite Newcastle $26 to break club recordLast year's National Rugby League Wooden Spoon recipient is this year's Premiership favourite. Newcastle is 6.50 with Centrebet to become the second side to go from last to first in 12 months. The Knights are 26.00 with Centrebet to win a club record-breaking 12 or more matches in a row."Last year, Centrebet punters wanted to bet on Newcastle not winning a game," says Centrebet''s Gerard Daffy. "This year, they want to bet on the Knights setting a club record for straight wins!"NRL Premiership winner6.50 Newcastle7.00 North Queensland8.00 Parramatta8.00 St George Illawarra9.00 Bulldogs9.00 Sydney13.00 Brisbane13.00 Melbourne13.00 Penrith13.00 Wests Tigers16.00 Manly31.00 Cronulla67.00 Canberra101.00 New Zealand101.00 South SydneyNewcastle's winning streak2.70 Two matches9.00 Three matches2.70 Four matches8.00 Five matches8.00 Six matches41.00 Seven matches34.00 Eight matches21.00 Nine matches151.00 Ten matches67.00 Eleven matches26.00 Twelve or more matches*Newcastle''s record winning streak is 11 matches (August 25, 2001 to April 19, 2002)NRL Wooden Spoon winner2.00 New Zealand3.00 South Sydney5.00 Canberra17.00 Cronulla21.00 Manly21.00 Wests Tigers41.00 Brisbane41.00 Bulldogs41.00 Penrith67.00 Melbourne67.00 Newcastle67.00 St George Illawarra67.00 Sydney101.00 Parramatta151.00 North QueenslandLog on to http://www.centrebet.com to view its latest odds.About CentrebetThe southern hemisphere's oldest online bookmaker, Centrebet operates in one of the world's strictest jurisdictions. Australia's Northern Territory Government licenses Centrebet. Its Racing and Gaming Commission monitors transactions for the protection of Centrebet and its clients.
BRISBANE copped a double dose of bad news today with hooker Barry Berrigan's career in the balance and young winger Steve Michaels facing surgery for a broken leg. Berrigan injured his neck at the weekend while playing for the Clydesdales and his playing future will be clearer later in the week. Michaels will have a plate inserted in his lower leg and be sidelined for three months.Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne is rated extremely doubtful for the weekend's clash with the Storm after suffering a heavy head knock against Manly at the weekend, but has been cleared of a serious neck injury.St George Illawarra front rower Luke Bailey has been ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering a knee injury in yesterday's 13-12 golden point loss to Penrith. Scans have confirmed the former Test prop has a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. In brighter news for the Dragons, skipper Trent Barrett is likely to return from a stomach virus for Sunday's match against South Sydney, while centre Matt Cooper is also believed to be some chance of taking on the Rabbitohs after recovering from a hamstring strain.Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah is expected to be out for between four and six weeks after breaking his right hand in Friday night's bruising 47-12 loss to the Bulldogs. Farah underwent surgery today and will be joined on the sidelines by prop Bryce Gibbs after he was heavily concussed against the Bulldogs.And lastly, Parramatta backrower Glenn Morrison will learn the full extent of his knee injury tomorrow.
BULLDOGS forward Willie Mason is free to play in Friday night's blockbuster NRL clash against Newcastle despite being charged by the match review committee. Mason was charged with a grade one careless high tackle for his hit on Wests Tigers winger Jamaal Lolesi last Friday night. The Test second-rower doesn't accrue enough points to be rubbed out for a match whether he pleads guilty of fights the charge. Tigers prop Bryce Gibbs has a grade one striking charge for dropping a forearm on Bulldogs forward Mark O'Meley and faces a one-match ban. The Tigers have already indicated Gibbs won't play against the New Zealand Warriors this weekend because of concussion.Manly prop Kylie Leuluai has a grade one contrary conduct charge for a kneeing incident and faces a two-week ban.Newcastle utility Anthony Quinn was charged with a grade one dangerous throw and faces two weeks out.Penrith back-rower Luke Swain will escape suspension with an early guilty plea to a grade one dangerous throw charge, while teammate Frank Puletua will miss one match unless he successfully defends a grade two careless high tackle charge.
WESTS Tigers hooker Robbie Farah is expected to be out for between four and six weeks after breaking his right hand in his side's bruising 47-12 loss to the Bulldogs.Farah, who underwent surgery today, played with the injury through 65 minutes of Friday night's clash. The Tigers will also be without prop Bryce Gibbs for their match against the New Zealand Warriors in Christchurch on Sunday after he was heavily concussed after coming off second best in a collision with Bulldogs powerhouse Mark O'Meley.Meanwhile, North Queensland hooker Aaron Payne has been cleared of a serious neck injury from his side's 20-16 win over Manly.
LEEDS Rhinos 20 (McGuire 2, Walker, Donald tries; Sinfield 2 goals) v Salford City Reds 12 (Hodgson, Langi, Finnigan tries). Att: 15,242Leeds Rhinos moved up to second place in the Engage Super League table with a hard fought victory over a gutsy Salford City Reds at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.In a close scoring first half when defences were on top, the Reds took the lead against the run of play when David Hodgson pounced on to a loose ball and raced 80 meters to score in the corner. On the stroke of half time, Leeds finally breached the Salford defence with a try by Scott Donald, after a good run and pass from Danny McGuire.The second half continued with the Rhinos camped out in the Salford 20 but after an initial Luke Robinson break, Junior Langi crashed over in the corner to put the Reds back in front. Leeds hit back immediately when Chev Walker scored a fine individual try. Then the Rhinos extended their lead with a McGuire try.Salford would not lie down and after slick passing, Simon Finnigan scored a try to put the Reds within two points of Leeds, but Hodgson once again missed the easy conversation that would have put the Reds level.Leeds continued to press, but Salford managed to hold out until a piece of individual brilliance from Great Britain stand-off Danny McGuire sealed the game for the hosts. The visitors showed why they are this season?s most improved team, if only David Hodgson would have had his kicking boots on, the Reds might have come away with a most unlikely victory.St Helens 38 (Meli 2, Gardner 2, Long, Cunningham, Pryce tries; Lyon 5 goals) v Bradford Bulls 16 (Hape 2, B. Harris tries; Deacon 2 goals). Att: 12,352St Helens maintained their 100% record with a convincing victory over the Bradford Bulls at Knowsley Road.Bradford came in to this game on an 18 match unbeaten run but after dominating the first quarter, they failed to make most of the pressure and had only a Ben Harris try to show for their efforts. After losing influential skipper Iestyn Harris with an arm injury, the Saints got on top and scored tries through Francis Meli, Shaun Long and Lyon Pryce, who scored against his old club. Just before half time Bradford made the most of the extra man, when Jason Hooper was in the sin-bin for a late tackle on Paul Deacon, with a Shontayne Hape try to reduce the hosts? lead to 16-12 at the break.The second half the Saints turned on the gas as they ran in four more tries to show that they are surely the odds on favourites to reach the Grand Final in October. Bradford were a well-beaten side but they did mange to score the last try through Shontayne Hape. Saints victory came at a cost with a serious injury to Great Britain full-back Paul Wellins, who is expected to miss the next six weeks with a fractured cheekbone.Warrington Wolves 26 (Clarke, Westwood, Kohe-Love, Fa?afili, Bridge tries; Briers 3 goals) v Catalans Dragons 28 (Murphy 2, Texido, Bosc, Fellous tries; Dobson 4 goals). Att: 9,631Catalans Dragons turned the formbook upside down and gave new coach Mike Potter a great start with a shock victory over the Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium. The visitors came into this match after conceding 108 points in their last two home games and started well pinning Warrington back in their own half, but against the run of play John Clarke scored the opening try for the Wolves. The lead was short lived as the Dragons roared back with three tries two from Justin Murphy, Thomas Bosc and Lionel Teixido plus two conversions by Mick Dobson to lead 16-6. However, on the stroke of half time, Chris Bridge scored for the Wolves to cut the deficit to 6 points at 16-10.Warrington charged back with three tries in the second half through Henry Fa?afili, his eighth of the season, Ben Westwood, after a great pass from ex Shark Michael Sullivan, Toa Kohe-Love who danced through and with two conversions from Lee Briers the Wolves led 26-16.Under the guidance of man of the match, Julien Rinaldi, the Dragons stormed back and scored two tries through a second for Murphy and Adel Fellous. Mick Dobson converted both tries and Catalans led 28-26 with minutes left. Warrington tried to get back in front but the visitors held them out to register their first every away victory in the Engage Super League.Castleford Tigers 38 (Pryce 2, Platt, Handforth, Kain, Fa?aoso tries; Handforth, Kain 5 goals). Wigan Warriors 18 (O?Loughlin 2, Richards tries; Orr, Tickle 2 goals). Att: 9,021Wigan?s losing run continued after their were soundly beaten by the Castleford Tigers at the Jungle. The Warriors got off to a dream start and raced into a 12-0 lead thanks to a brace through skipper Sean O?Loughlin, both set up by ex Tiger Danny Orr.With the introduction of Danny Ward, the home team got themselves back into the game with a Wayne Pryce try, but it could have been even better for the hosts as they had two tries disallowed for off-side and a knock-on. Wigan held on for 12-6 lead at the break. Castleford changed gear in the second half and with the help of some mistakes by the visitors they scored four tries in the first 20 minutes to lead 30-12. Wigan did manage to cut the lead to 12 points with a Pat Richards try, after collecting Denis Moran?s cross-field kick.But, Pryce crossed again in the closing stages, with Kain's conversion and a last-minute penalty from Handforth rubbing salt in the Warriors' gaping woundsHuddersfield Giants 64 (Evans 2, Gardner 2, Thorman 2, Donlan, Paul, Wild, Torrens, Crabtree tries; Thorman 10 goals) v Harlequins RL 14 (Hartley, Luisi tries; Gafa 3 goals). Att: 4,173Huddersfield ran in 11 tries as they thrashed a poor Harlequins side at the Galpharm Stadium. Quins, whose points came following early tries by Tim Hartley and Zebastian Luisi as well as three kicks by Matt Gafa, were abysmal in the second half.Their performance made a mockery of their opening two away games this season, which had seen them beat Hull and draw at Bradford. The hosts lead 22-14 at the break and then ran in 7-second half tries to thoroughly outclass their opponents.Huddersfield were lead around the park by their two half-backs, effervescent Robbie Paul and Chris Thorman - who contributed 28 points.Wakefield Wildcats 20 (Tadulala 2, Elima, Demetriou tries; Rooney 2 goals) v Hull FC 28 (Raynor, Carvell, King, Yeaman, Whiting tries; Brough, Cook 3 goals). Att: 5,613Hull ended their loosing run of three matches with an unconvincing win over bottom team Wakefield Wildcats at Belle Vue.Wakefield led 10-0 with tries from Semi Tadulala and Oliver Elima before losing their talisman David Solomona, who limped off after 20 minutes. Richard Whiting and Kirk Yeaman crossed to give Hull a half time lead. Garreth Carvell added another try after the break to extend the advantage.Tries from Tadulala and Jason Demetriou put Wakefield back in contention. However, Hull hung on to their lead with some good scrambling defence and gave themselves some breathing space on 60 minutes when Paul King went over. Gareth Raynor confirmed the win on the 75th minute, marking his return from injury with a try after collecting Cooke's looping pass.
BUSINESSMAN Peter Holmes A Court will today begin the onerous task of reviving South Sydney after the NRL club's members yesterday gave the go ahead to his $3 million buyout with Russell Crowe.Holmes A Court will officially take over as Souths chairman from Nick Pappas on May 1 but, after being given a mandate by the members, has vowed to waste no time getting down to work. Needing a 75 per cent majority for the proposal to go through, Holmes A Court and Crowe achieved 75.8 per cent of the vote yesterday, with a mere 32 votes deciding the outcome.Holmes A Court and Crowe acquired 75 per cent of the club as part of the deal, which will also see them select four of the eight South Sydney board members.Meanwhile, South Sydney patriarch George Piggins has vowed never to attend another Rabbitohs NRL match after yesterday's historic members' vote in favour of the Peter Holmes A Court-Russell Crowe privatisation proposal. Piggins says he is at the stage of his life where he would rather look after his other interests.The former Rabbitohs chairman and coach says he will never be seen at a football game again. Piggins had been an outspoken opponent of the buyout bid. Crowe says he is saddened by Piggins' remarks, and will talk to him in an attempt to change his mind.
ANOTHER tremendous weekend of rugby league football. Kicking off proceedings were the Bulldogs with a big 47-12 win over premiers Wests Tigers on Friday night. The round concluded with last year?s wooden spooners the Knights putting 70 points on the Raiders, but conceding 32 points for a record match blow-out of 102 points.
ADAM Starr may have lost the captaincy role late in the piece, but that didn?t stop him leading by example as Redcliffe accounted for Ipswich 34-12 at QLD Group Stadium on Saturday.
MEMBERS of the St.George Leagues Club can vote from 10 am tomorrow (Monday, March 20th) in the St.George Board elections. Voting is between Monday and Thursday - 10 am to 8 pm. R2K has endorsed three candidates to fill three vacancies on the St.George Leagues Club Board of Directors.The three R2K endorsed candidates are: Troy FeliceNick StojanovskiJames YoungThe candidates espouse the following policies:* Increase of OKI Jubilee Stadium capacity to in excess of 20,000. * Immediate focus on the reopening of the auditorium and overhaul of Club entertainment.* Full interest to be charged to the Illawarra Steelers on the $8.29 million loan, thus gaining St.George Leagues Club members an additional $398,000+ worth of interest credits per annum. When the $6.5 million WIN payment is made, the candidates support full interest being charged on the remaining loan balance.* 10% Member discount extended from all meal purchases to all drinks purchases.* Maintaining and enhancing the standard of dining, gambling, service and sports screenings.* Improved facilities for social and sporting clubs.* Restructure of Member benefits.The ballot for Directors will be conducted at the Club premises and will be open from 10am to 8pm from Monday, March 20 to Thursday, March 23 2006. R2K urges supporters to vote for the above candidates to ensure that the Dragons have a bright future in the St.George District. For additional information on the campaign, please [email protected]
IAN Millward remains upbeat as he prepares to take his Wigan side to Castleford on Sunday seeking their first away win of the season.
WAKEFIELD have goalkicking stand-off Jamie Rooney back from injury as they look to prevent Hull completing the first double of the season at Belle Vue on Sunday.
HARLEQUINS will be hoping to take their impressive away form into their clash with Huddersfield at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday.
ROUND 2Newcastle Knights 70 def Canberra Raiders 32Match summary:The Newcastle Knights have scored an astounding 70-32 victory over the Canberra Raiders in a contest where defence went the way of the Dinosaurs.The game is now a record for the most points scored in a game of rugby league, beating St George?s 91-6 victory over Canterbury in round 5, 1935.As usual, Andrew Johns played a huge part in the game, scoring a personal tally of 30 points via 2 tries and 11 goals from 12 attempts. He directed play all day long and continually troubled the Raiders line-up in hot conditions at Canberra Stadium.The Raiders showed some steel early, taking the lead in the 4th minute through rookie fullback William Zillman who was deputising for injured captain Clinton Schifcofske. As the Knights got themselves into the game though, the signs weren?t all that encouraging for the home team.The back-row for Newcastle dominated again along with centre George Carmont and five-eighth Kurt Gidley each bagging two tries. Whilst the Raiders managed to get on the board twice in the first half they were simply swamped by the visitors who raced to a 34-8 halftime lead, rendering the game over.The second half saw no let up in attack from Newcastle and likewise no starch in defence from either team reared its? head. Canberra made a brief fight-back to get the scoreline to 34-20 in the 46th minute, but normal transmission returned shortly after and the Knights continued their dominance, plundering Canberra?s line time and again before the final bell sounded.It?s an incredibly strange scoreline and one that suggests both teams need some real work on the tackle bags at training this week. It?s hard to imagine that the Raiders can score 32 points and still manage to get walloped, let alone that 102 points in total can be carded on one afternoon of footy. I hope the stadium officials down in Canberra make sure the scoreboard attendant gets some work on his shoulders in the post-game warm down from the physio?s. Whilst both sides can obviously score points I wouldn?t consider this a great advertisement for the game. Next week the Knights take on the Bulldogs in what should be a more even display of footy.And Canberra face the Roosters at Aussie Stadium where both clubs will be looking to hit back after losses this week.Live commentary:Canberra Raiders: 32Tries: Phillip Graham(2), Troy Thompson, Alan Tongue, William Zillman(2)Goals: Todd Carney 4/4Newcastle Knights: 70Tries: George Carmont(2), Kurt Gidley(2), Matthew Gidley, Andrew Johns(2), Todd Lowrie, Anthony Quinn, Steve Simpson, Reegan Tanner, Daniel TolarGoals: Andrew Johns 11/12Canberra StadiumReferee: Jason RobinsonTerrific conditions for League in the Nation's Capital today. The home team have to be specials, with the ACT celebrating Canberra Day tomorrow.And we're underway in the first half!4 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders get on the board early through some great work from Zillman. Conversion unsuccessful from Withers.Raiders 4-09 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights hit back through Carmont to take the lead from the home side. Johns converts.Knights 6-415 min: NEWS Plenty of ball movement and great action here.20 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights push further ahead through Johns here as they begin to wear down the Raiders. Johns converts.Knights 12-425 min: TRY Canberra RaidersCanberra score again to get back into the game via Phil Graham. Conversion unsuccessful from Withers.Knights 12-827 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights run another one in (Johns again) and they're taking hold of the match in the first half. Johns fails to convert.Knights 16-830 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsAnother try to the Knights from Carmont. They are looking very menacing here today. Conversion successful from Johns.Knights 22-835 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsRubbing salt into the wounds here in the nation's capital as the Kurt Gidley puts the Raiders to the sword with another try. Conversion successful from Johns.Knights 28-838 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe visitors cap off a great half with a try close to half time (Kurt Gidley again). Conversion successful from Johns.Knights 34-840 min: NEWS It's not great news here at Canberra Stadium for the Raiders as the Knights are dominating proceedings. We'll need a real turnaround here if Canbera Day is to be celebrated.41 min: NEWS And we're underway in the second half!42 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders strike back early through Zillman to bring some morale back into the side. Conversion successful from Carney who has taken over the kicking duties.Knights 34-1446 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are starting the second stanza on fire as Phil Graham goes in for another meat pie just after the break. Conversion successful from Carney.Knights 34-2050 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights take the upper hand again with another converted try (Quinn). They are looking more in control of the game now after the Raiders briefly held the run of play. Johns converts.Knights 40-2055 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsAnother try, this time to Lowrie, as the Knights begin to completely dominate here. Conversion successful from Johns.Knights 46-2060 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights are running rings around them now with Tanner scoring. Johns converts easily.Knights 52-2065 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAnother try to Canberra via Troy Thompson. Conversion successful from Carney.Knights 52-2670 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsDefence has well and truly gone out the window, with the game resembling a touch footy contest. Matt Gidley is on the board, conversion successful from Johns.Knights 58-2673 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle in again through Daniel Tolar and the try is converted by Johns. A huge score down here. Knights 64-2675 min: TRY Canberra RaidersIt's tit-for-tat as Tongue picks up a consolation try for the Raiders. Conversion from Carney successful. Knights 64-3279 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsAnother try to the Knights (Steve Simpson) in what should be today's last. Conversion successful from Johns.Knights 70-3280 min: NEWS What a game. Unbelievable scoreline.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - George Carmont (Knights)1 - William Zillman (Raiders)-----------------------------------------
FULLTIME score:Round 2Sydney Roosters 18 v Melbourne Storm 22Match summary:The Sydney Roosters have staged a remarkable comeback this afternoon, but it wasn?t quite enough to defeat the Melbourne Storm in a cliff-hanger today at Aussie Stadium, the Storm winning the match 22-18 on a warm Sydney afternoon.Melbourne came firing off the blocks in the first half, and took a 16-0 lead into halftime, a lead which was almost extended right on the break with Storm winger Jake Webster failing to keep his feet in play, crashing over the sideline and the margin remained at 16 at the interval. The Roosters then staged a remarkable second half fight-back. After trailing 22-0 midway through the half, the Roosters crossed for three converted tries in quick time, and were an Anthony Minichiello mistake away from claiming victory. The Australian fullback put a regulation pass to ground and granted the Storm a massive reprieve. Ball control was a problem for the Bondi club all afternoon, and in retrospect, the Roosters should have won this match according to the number of chances they squandered, in comparison to the end margin of just four points. Melbourne went into their shells during the second half and were remarkably lucky to hang on after a scanty performance towards the end of the match. But otherwise the Storm were consummate in victory, with an excellent platform laid down by their forwards which enabled their skilled backline of Billy Slater, Greg Inglis and Jake Webster to wreak havoc on a shaky Roosters defensive line.The Storm had to battle with 16 men for the majority of the match, former Rooster Michael Crocker was forced to leave the field in the 24th minute with a suspected nasal injury. This may have contributed to their lacklustre finish to the match.The Roosters? performance was far inferior to that of last week?s effort against Souths, new buys Braith Anasta and Ashley Harrison appeared to be non-existent out on the field today. Last year?s demons appear to have followed the Roosters into 2006, and they need to look at bringing Craig Wing into the starting side for Brett Finch, Finch seeming to hinder the Roosters attacking structure and is again trying to get too involved when players of far more quality, Anasta and Harrison, are virtual ghosts.The one shining light for the Roosters today was Jamie Soward, and he appears to have a mortgage on the number seven jumper.Matt King was earlier ruled out for Melbourne, causing concern for management who simply can?t afford to have him ruled out of action for a long period.Sam Perrett was sent to the sin bin in just the 4th minute for the Roosters, but there were no reports to speak of from this game.Melbourne have had a pleasing start to 2006 with two victories from two starts, both away from home. The Roosters have been very patchy and it looks as though the men from Bondi have some cobwebs to sweep out of the closet, similarly to last season after the loss of Brad Fittler. Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 18Tries: Ryan Cross, Amos Roberts, Jamie SowardGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 3/3Melbourne Storm: 22Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 3/4Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 10,841Referee: Tony ArcherHalf time: Storm 16-0Live commentary:0 min: NEWS Today sees a rejuvenated Sydney Roosters side minus the suspended Adrian Morley up against a much-improved Melbourne Storm outfit, minus Matt King, at Aussie Stadium on a hot March afternoon in Sydney.Changes: Roosters: as-per-programStorm: Steve Turner comes off the bench into the centres for the injured Matt King, Jamie Feeney comes into the side onto the interchange bench.KICKOFF!, match underway at Aussie Stadium in Sydney4 min: NEWS Sam Perret sent to the sin bin for a professional foul close to the Roosters line.9 min: TRY Melbourne StormGreg Inglis capitalises on a brilliant cross-field kick from Storm halfback Cooper Cronk, taking advantage of his superior height to Iosia Soliola. Storm 4-014 min: NEWS Billy Slater denied a try by on-field officials, ruling to have attempted a double movement and is penalised accordingly. Meanwhile, Sam Perrett has returned from the sin bin.20 min: TRY Melbourne StormMelbourne have capitalised on a Roosters mistake from the play-the-ball, with Jake Webster moving the ball quickly to Steve Turner for a try in the corner. Storm 10-028 min: NEWS The Roosters have an abysmal completion rate at the moment with no cohesion in their attack. Brett Finch is assuming a halfback-type role at the moment with Jamie Soward rarely getting his hands on the ball, and this appears to be affecting their overall structure.34 min: NEWS NO TRY: Finch loses control of the ball over the line off a crafty Soward grubber kick.36 min: TRY Melbourne StormSoward makes a defensive error, sprinting out of the defensive line in an attempt to effect an intercept, the Cooper Cronk pass found the arms to a dashing Ryan Hoffman who subseqeuntly scores in the corner. Storm 16-040 min: NEWS HALFTIME: A possible Jake Webster try is denied right on halftime, with the video referee referring the decision back to referee Tony Archer who in-turn ruled Webster's foot to be over the sideline when he had grounded the ball. Despite the disallowed try, the Storm still hold a commanding 16-point lead and the Roosters will need to improve thier completion rate remarkably in order to have any chance in the second half. 40 min: NEWS Michael Crocker has sustained a depressed nasal fracture and will be out for the rest of this match. The Storm will have to manage with 16 players.Second half underway at Aussie Stadium in Sydney.47 min: NEWS NO TRY: Cameron Smith ruled to have knocked the ball forward in the in-goal area off his own grubber kick by the video referee. Still the Storm leading 16-0 and in reasonable control of this match.50 min: TRY Melbourne StormCooper Cronk races from a Storm scrum win to score a regulation try under the posts from just 10 metres out. The Storm now hold a commanding 22-0 lead and there's no way back for the Roosters now even with 30 minutes still remaining. Storm 22-058 min: TRY Sydney RoostersCraig Fitzgibbon takes an intercept 30 metres out from his own line and links up with Jamie Soward, culminating in a length of the field try for the new and improved Roosters halfback. Storm 22-662 min: TRY Sydney RoostersLooks as though I spoke too soon as Amos Roberts pounces on a cross-field kick from Jamie Soward, one which four Storm players made no attempt to catch, and grounds the ball for a try. Roosters making a comeback with ample time remaining for them to pull this one out of the fire. Storm 22-1270 min: NEWS Melbourne hanging on by the skin of their teeth at the moment, the Roosters are looking very dangerous with the likes of Anasta and Minichiello wreaking havoc.74 min: NEWS The Roosters look to have blown their last opportunity to mount an unbelievable fightback with a Soward grubber going straight into the arms of Billy Slater. The Storm should hang on with the score still at 22-12.77 min: TRY Sydney RoostersRyan Cross scores under the posts after another break by Soward from the Roosters half, and we have a grandstand finish here. An incredible comeback from the Roosters and one last opportunity to complete what would be a remarkable comeback. Storm 22-1878 min: NEWS The Storm have kicked the ball out on the full from the restart. The Roosters will receive a penalty at the halfway line and now have a real opportunity to steal this one!79 min: NEWS Minichiello's hands let him down yet again, putting the ball to ground and with just 40 seconds left that looks to be the ball game. The Storm look as though they will hang on, just.F/T: NEWS After a nail-biting second half, the Melbourne Storm have hung on by a thread to defeat the Sydney Roosters by 22 points to 18 this afternoon at Aussie Stadium in Sydney. The Storm held the ascendancy for the whole of the first half and early in the second, but the Roosters were so close to pulling off one of the best comebacks in the modern era until Anthony Minichiello put the ball to ground with just seconds remaining, giving the Storm a much-needed reprieve and a satisfying win away from home.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)1 - Jamie Soward (Roosters)-----------------------------------------