Full Time
80:00
4:05pm Sun August 2, 2020
Round 12 - Sunshine Coast Stadium - Crowd: 5437
80min

Forward pass by the Knights on the last play and that'll do us. Good timing, because the washing machine just finished it's cycle too!

77min

SCRUM STORM - Pearce kicks to Tuala, who takes it cleanly, but the cover tackle from Hynes takes him over the sideline, 10m inside the Storm half.

75min

SCRUM STORM - Hunt tries to run infield but is picked up and driven over the sideline

75min

Conversion: Knights
Attempted by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga's sideline conversion scrapes the upright and is waved away

Storm lead Storm 26 - 16 Knights
74min

Try: Knights
Scored by Enari Tuala. Kick to come.

Mann on the left side puts in a little grubber which finds Tuala who cleans it up nicely and dives over to score in the corner

Storm lead Storm 26 - 16 Knights
71min

Pearce with an irrelevant chip kick that is only contested by a Storm defender, who catches it too comfortably, given how close the Knights were to the Storm line.

69min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Storm interefering at the ruck. Knights take the tap 10m from the Storm line

66min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Munster.

Munster from the left of the posts, nails the goal

Storm lead Storm 26 - 12 Knights
66min

Try: Storm
Scored by Tino Fa'asuamaleaui. Kick to come.

Brandon Smith picks up an offload from Christian Welch that hit the ground, he then got a pass to Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, he broke through two defenders, busted the low tackle from Ponga to score a brilliant try.

Storm lead Storm 24 - 12 Knights
65min

Vunivalu leaps high for the ball, takes a clean catch and falls backwards over the line but as he was grounding the ball, Tuala knocked it loose. Knights gets a 7 tackle set

63min

From the restart and the Knights stood around and look at it like it was a four foot lesbian turtle, and the ball goes dead. Knights drop out.

63min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga's kick from out wide is perfect, much like my washing machine now.

Storm lead Storm 20 - 12 Knights
62min

Try: Knights
Scored by Aidan Guerra. Kick to come.

Ponga runs to the line, straightens and then hits Guerra with a short ball. Guerra spins out of the weak tackle and falls over the line to score on the right side.

Storm lead Storm 20 - 10 Knights
61min

Pearce grubbers into the Storm ingoal and Hynes knocks on before regathering. Storm drop out.,

59min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Storm Marker not square. Knights get a piggy back up to halfway

54min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Munster.

Munster kicks the penalty goal

Storm lead Storm 20 - 6 Knights
53min

PENALTY STORM - Knights offside. Munster will take a shot at the 2.

52min

SCRUM STORM - Best with a forward pass.

52min

Play stopped again. Vunivalu rushes up to try and tackle Best and his head cops the full brunt of Best's shoulder. He's had a drink of magic water and is playing on

50min

Hughes now limps off the field

50min

Finucane on the second tackle gets crunched in a heavy tackle and loses the ball.

50min

PENALTY STORM - Hughes playing on, albeit gingerly, 20m from the Knights line

50min

While time is stopped, Best is getting his ankle taped.

49min

Saulo sin binned for that tackle on Hughes

49min

Play stopped after Saulo tackled Hughes after he kicked. Saulo hit his head hard on Hughes' hip while Hughes copped a heavy blow to the side of his knee

48min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Kenny Bromwich drops a pass that was a touch behind him, 25m from the Knights line.

45min

Ponga kicks for Hunt on the wing, but Addo-Carr spoils and the ball goes dead. Not dead like I thought my washing machine was though. Storm drop out

43min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Hughes gets pinged for a high tackle on Crossland. The obligatory thrashing around with no actual impact ensues, much like my washing machine pre half-time rectification.

41min

Kenny Bromwich has copped an accidental knock to the head when trying to make that tackle. I know the feeling, my head was feeling sore when I couldn't figure out what was wrong with the washing machine.

40min

Storm get us underway, and on a personal level, I fixed the washing machine at halftime

40min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Munster.

Munster to take the shot at 2 after the halftime siren, from almost in front and slots it.

Storm lead Storm 18 - 6 Knights
39min

PENALTY STORM - Brandon Smith a cheeky quick grubber and the Knights dive on the loose ball, but were offside. Siren sounds.

38min

And Crossland loses it on the second tackle. Storm in prime position here

38min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - They play it off their own 30m line

37min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Storm looked set to score for sure, but Papenhuyzen's last pass was to Vunivalu's shins

36min

Play stopped after Randall and Fitzgibbon clash heads in a tackle.

36min

Knights lose the ball on their 30m line in a tackle.

31min

Cameron Smith has come off, not sure if there's an issue. He's just loitering around the bench, not receiving treatment at this stage.

31min

Conversion: Storm
Attempted by Cameron Munster.

Munster has the kicking duties now and misses this attempt from the sideline.

Storm lead Storm 16 - 6 Knights
31min

Try: Storm
Scored by Ryan Papenhuyzen. Kick to come.

A poor kick from Ponga was collected beautifully by Papenhuyzen off his toes, then steps Ponga before racing away to score a scintillating 80m try in the right corner

Storm lead Storm 16 - 6 Knights
28min

SCRUM STORM - Munster's kick looks for Addo-Carr but Ponga bats it into touch.

28min

Seve makes a break before being tackled 30m from the Knights line

25min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Cameron Smith's kick looked wobbly but it swung back and through the posts

Storm lead Storm 12 - 6 Knights
25min

Try: Storm
Scored by Cameron Smith. Kick to come.

Finucane with a nice ball puts Kenny Bromwich through a huge gap on halfway. He then threw a long ball inside to Cameron Smith who runs 20m to score to the left of the posts.

Storm lead Storm 10 - 6 Knights
22min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Papenhuyzen gets a poor pass to JAC, who was off-balanced and Hunt forces him over the sideline, 10m from their own line.

21min

Munster makes a break right up the middle but is dumped by Ponga. The next play saw Hughes kick for Vunivalu but Tuala got back in time to take the ball dead. Knights drop out.

19min

PENALTY STORM - Mann tackled Munster in the air

18min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Kenny Bromwich loses the ball in a tackle from David Klemmer

16min

SCRUM STORM - Ponga with a rocket of a pass, beats everyone and goes into touch, 15m from the Storm line

14min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - They'll work it off their 20

14min

Munster kicks on the second tackle for JAC, but the ball goes into touch at the Knights 20 before The Fox can run it down

13min

Mann's grubber is too heavy. Storm with a 7 tackle set

11min

Mann sees Vunivalu place himself for an intercept, then throws the pass and Vunivalu intercepts it. #Facepalm

9min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Jesse Bromwich offside. Knights start their set 5m their side of halfway.

7min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga from the left touchline and he adds the extras

Tied up at Storm 6 - 6 Knights
6min

Try: Knights
Scored by Bradman Best. Kick to come.

Best receives the ball on the left side, skips out of a tackle then steps back in to beat Papenhuyzen, then strolls over the line for a great try.

Storm lead Storm 6 - 4 Knights
4min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Cameron Smith looking into the sun, and nails the sideline conversion

Storm lead Storm 6 - 0 Knights
4min

Try: Storm
Scored by Suliasi Vunivalu. Kick to come.

Well that was too easy. Storm go to the right and run a simple block play, create the extra man and Seve puts Vunivalu over for a soft try

Storm lead Storm 4 - 0 Knights

The Knights get us underway

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Adam Gee

Touch Judges: Dave Munro, Todd Smith

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Ben Galea

MELBOURNE STORM (26)
Tries: Suliasi Vunivalu, Cameron Smith, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/2), Cameron Munster (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Munster (2/2)

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (16)
Tries: Bradman Best, Aidan Guerra, Enari Tuala
Field Goals:
Conversions: Kalyn Ponga (2/3)
Penalty Goals: