Full Time
80:00
8:05pm Thu March 11, 2021
Round 1 - AAMI Park - Crowd: 11812
80min

Jesse Bromwich takes the final carry of the night.

77min

Johnston can't hold onto a sweet pass from Latrell Mitchell which could have set up a grandstand finish.

76min

Walker goes high as Papenhuyzen gets over his 30 metre line.

75min

Hughes is tackled a few metres out from the try line.

75min

Burgess is being assisted off by the medicab.

75min

The Rabbitohs trainer is calling for play to stop with Tom Burgess down injured.

75min

Brandon Smith is back on to close out the match.

73min

Souths are pulled up for a forward pass.

72min

Josh Addo-Carr makes a nice kick return.

71min

Melbourne lose possession short of the try line.

70min

The Storm win the call and will have the ball within striking distance of Rabbitohs' try line.

69min

The Storm are challenging the referee's call of knock on.

68min

Latrell Mitchell loses possession after pressure from the Melbourne defence.

67min

Papenhuyzen comes up with a great catch.

66min

Both teams come together after Souths take exception to a tackle on Cameron Murray.

64min

Munster opts to run and almost gets to the line.

63min

Alex Johnston spills the ball coming out of his own end.

62min

Pressure from the Storm sees the Rabbitohs come up with an error.

61min

Jesse Bromwich makes an error inside his own half.

60min

Tyson Smoothy comes on for his NRL debut.

60min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Kicked by Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Papenhuyzen kicks his fifth of the night.

Storm lead Storm 26 - 18 Rabbitohs
60min

The Storm will look to push the score beyond a converted try.

59min

Melbourne get a penalty after Hughes was tackled after kicking.

58min

Chris Lewis is on for the Storm.

57min

Mark Nicholls is on for South Sydney.

56min

Conversion: Rabbitohs
Kicked by Adam Reynolds.

Reynolds nails it once again.

Storm lead Storm 24 - 18 Rabbitohs
55min

This has been a remarkable comeback from Souths - they were dreadful for much of the first half, but momentum has well-and-truly shifted.

54min

Try: Rabbitohs
Scored by Latrell Mitchell. Kick to come.

Mitchell takes on the line and backs his way to the line.

Storm lead Storm 24 - 16 Rabbitohs
53min

Justin Olam comes up with a terrible play the ball.

51min

Christian Welch is back on for his second stint.

48min

Hughes goes to the heavens with his kick, but Latrell is up to the task.

47min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Kicked by Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Papenhuyzen puts the Storm out by 12.

Storm lead Storm 24 - 12 Rabbitohs
46min

Melbourne elect to take the shot at goal.

46min

Gagai spills the ball - Melbourne on the attack and get a penalty.

46min

Keaon Koloamatangi manages to stay in the field of play despite heavy defence from Melbourne.

45min

Conversion: Rabbitohs
Kicked by Adam Reynolds.

Reynolds adds the extras.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 12 Rabbitohs
43min

Try: Rabbitohs
Scored by Alex Johnston. Kick to come.

A beautiful cut-out pass from Cody Walker gets the Rabbitohs back in the contest.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 10 Rabbitohs
42min

Reimis Smith can't hold onto a cut-out pass from Jahrome Hughes.

41min

Melbourne work it out of their own end after a strong first set from Souths.

40min

Chris Lewis and Tyson Smoothy are yet to see action. Souths used all four reserves in the first half.

39min

Cody Walker finishes the half with an error - it's been a bludger of a half for the Rabbitohs.

38min

Tom Eisenhuth makes an error in the play the ball.

37min

Souths run the ball on the last and lose.

36min

Rather than Melbourne getting another set, Souths regain possession on the 20 metre line.

36min

Souths are challenging a call and win.

35min

Brandon Smith swoops on a Rabbitohs' offload.

35min

Munster kicks on the first tackle, but Mansour is able to beat Addo-Carr to the ball.

35min

Souths make an error on halfway.

34min

Conversion: Rabbitohs
Kicked by Adam Reynolds.

The kick is good from the sideline.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 6 Rabbitohs
33min

Try: Rabbitohs
Scored by Alex Johnston. Kick to come.

Last year's leading try scorer gets the Rabbitohs on the board.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 4 Rabbitohs
32min

Benji Marshall is on for the Rabbitohs.

32min

A wayward offload sees Souths on the attack in Melbourne's half.

30min

Conversion: Storm
Attempted by Ryan Papenhuyzen.

From the right touchline, Papenuyzen pushes the kick wide.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 0 Rabbitohs
29min

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

A piece of fancy footwork sees the fullback back his pace to score in the corner.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 0 Rabbitohs
27min

The Rabbitohs are looking frazzled - they are completely unprepared for what the Storm are throwing at them.

27min

The Rabbitohs fire a forward pass coming off their own line.

26min

Addo-Carr evades a few defenders to put the Storm on the front foot.

25min

Josh Mansour makes an error on the second tackle.

25min

Souths get a penalty in front of the posts.

24min

Souths force an error close to the Melbourne line.

23min

Keaon Koloamatangi - who made his NRL debut at AAMI Park last year - is on the field.

22min

Felise Kaufusi makes an error.

21min

Jai Arrow is on for his club debut.

21min

Josh Mansour cleans up a Brandon Smith kick a metre out from the South Sydney line.

20min

Correction: Jahrome Hughes was the man responsible for the key contact.

19min

Christian Welch forces an error out of Jacob Host.

18min

Tui Kamikamica is on for the Storm replacing Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

18min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The Storm are keeping up with the clock.

Storm lead Storm 18 - 0 Rabbitohs
17min

Ryan Papenhuyzen puts Kenny Bromwich into a gap and is on the spot to back up for the try.

17min

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

They're in again!

Storm lead Storm 16 - 0 Rabbitohs
16min

Souths come up with an error 35 metres out from the Storm line.

15min

Souths find an overlap on the right, but Addo-Carr does well to stop Jadyn Su'A in his tracks.

13min

Melbourne get a penalty coming off their goal line.

12min

Mitchell makes a nice run and gets a pass away.

12min

Munster kicks out on the full to give Souths possession on the 40 metre line.

11min

Reimis Smith combines with George Jennings to find space down the right edge.

11min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Papenhuyzen is 2 for 2.

Storm lead Storm 12 - 0 Rabbitohs
9min

Try: Storm
Scored by Justin Olam. Kick to come.

The PNG powerhouse finishes off a great break to bag the Storm's second of the night

Storm lead Storm 10 - 0 Rabbitohs
9min

Josh Addo-Carr makes a great break after the Storm spread the ball inside their own 10.

8min

Papenhuyzen regains possession after a sneaky kick from Cody Walker on the last tackle.

7min

Hughes finds touch 30 metres out from the Rabbitohs try line.

6min

Ryan Papenhuyzen manages to gather in a rolling kick from Reynolds in the knick of time.

5min

Hughes puts up a high ball that Mitchell manages to gather in.

4min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The Clive Churchill Medalist nails his first attempt of the night.

Storm lead Storm 6 - 0 Rabbitohs
4min

The Storm have started the match with an attacking mindset - already they have produced 3 offloads.

3min

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

The superstar pivot dummies and slices through for the opening try of the season.

Storm lead Storm 4 - 0 Rabbitohs
2min

Melbourne get a repeat set inside the Rabbitohs' half.

2min

Josh Addo-Carr does well to prevent a 20/40 attempt from Adam Reynolds.

1min

A strong first set sees Campbell Graham defuse a Jahrome Hughes' chip a metre out from his line.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona gets an offload away on the first carry of the night.

Jesse Bromwich leads the Storm onto AAMI Park as the sounds of Thunderstruck ring out in the crowd.

Adam Reynolds takes the Rabbitohs onto the field.

South Sydney have yet to win in Melbourne from 16 previous attempts.

Melbourne have not lost a Round 1 match since 2001 - the Storm did lose their first match of the 2004 season after having the bye in the opening round.

Josh Mansour, Jacob Host, Benji Marshall and Jai Arrow will become the latest players to represent the foundation club.

Winless in Melbourne from their previous 16 attempts, the Rabbitohs will line up as per program, 1-17.

New recruits George Jennings and Reimis Smith will make their club debuts.

Playing their first match at AAMI Park since Round 4 last season, the reigning premiers have made a late change to their team with Tyson Smoothy coming onto the bench in place of Nicho Hynes.

The season kicks-off with the Melbourne Storm taking on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at AAMI Park.

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Referees & scorers:

Referees: Grant Atkins

Touch Judges: Chris Butler, Todd Smith

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy

MELBOURNE STORM (26)
Tries: Cameron Munster, Ryan Papenhuyzen (2), Justin Olam
Conversions: Ryan Papenhuyzen (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Ryan Papenhuyzen (2/2)

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (18)
Tries: Alex Johnston (2), Latrell Mitchell
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (3/3)