Townsend has the final action of the game. He studies the kick, gets the arms moving and nails it. FULLTIME.
Kennedy with a nice pass for Tracey to go over.
PENALTY SHARKS! Can they finish with a flourish?
Munster is back kicking. Can he nail this one? Nope.
HAT-TRICK for Reimis Smith! He finishes the work off nicely even with some juggling.
Hughes kicks for his winger and they trap Tracey. Dropout.
Hynes has taken over the kicking duties. He hooks it.
Lovely work from Reimis Smith to spin right round and score.
Sharks are cooked. Hiroti tried to spark his side but is driven back in goal.
The Cheese has his four pointer now. Simple crash run and he dives over.
PENALTY STORM! High tackle from Rudolf.
Munster has another easy kick and raises the flags again.
Hughes is high steppin' to the line and another Storm win.
PENALTY STORM! Accidental offside by Tracey. Sharks will CHALLENGE. It will be UNSUCCESSFUL. Remains a penalty to the Storm.
Toughest kick of the night for Munster. Right sideline, he swings the arms and misses.
Storm are running wild now! They have the numbers right and Nicho Hynes lays it on a platter for Reimis Smith to dive over.
Kennedy with his tribute to the NFL draft throws a touchdown pass which is called back. Play is stopped with Graham being tended to for a HIA.
Munster puts the Storm lead into double digits.
Storm convert right away! Another short ball to the big man - this time to Kamikamica who strides over.
Set restart for the Storm as Grant goes for a run. PENALTY STORM! Hynes caught high.
Graham kicks on last and it rolls dead. Let off for the Storm. Sharks have attacked the edges well.
Munster puts the Storm ahead by four.
The game pinballed between the two. Sharks were well on the attack before Hughes intercepted. Storm surged forward and got a set restart. Grant with the crash play and Eisenhuth gets over.
Hamlin-Uele has succomb to his ankle complaint and is leaving the field. The visitors will be down one on the bench for the half. Time off again as Briton Nikora is down. He is taken out the back and Sharks kick it on last.
The ball is in the air and we have played stopped! Hamlin-Uele is bent back after a tough carry. Looks like an ankle complaint.
We're back for the second half! Both sides will want to improve and take home the two points!
Sharks go for the short ball and Uele loses it. HALFTIME!
PENALTY SHARKS! The play broke down on the left and Olam got involved. Sharks have the final chance of the half.
Tracey loses it as the Sharks attack the left again. CHALLENGE is SUCCESSFUL! but the Storm get the ball anyways.
Sharks get three chomps at a set restart and drive down the field. Townsend sees the winger up and kicks early but Addo-Carr gets there. Dropout.
Townsend has a chance to put the Sharks in the lead. He steadies and pilots it over.
Sharks finally make it count! Johnson with a touch perfect pass for Nikora to stride away.
Hynes drops it from the scrum.
Chambers tries to burst onto the ball, loses it.
Lovely work from the Storm! Inside ball sent Hynes away. He links with Kaufusi who is stopped by Connor Tracey well and forces the error.
Sharks go wide and Johnson fires one right over Hiroti's hands.
RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY! Superb effort from Hughes. He got underneath Tracey to hold him up.
BUNKER TIME! Connor Tracy pounces on a loose ball and might have scored.
Townsend forces another dropout. Hynes trapped.
Kenny Bromwich spills it.
Munster lines up his second of the night. From close range, misses it.
The Foxx streaks away! Sharks have it fall to the ground on last, it is scooped up and Addo-Carr goes the rest of the way.
Chambers redeems himself! Takes a big catch to get the Sharks going again. Storm attacked on both fringes but couldn't cut through.
Chambers loses it on a spread in their own end.
Sharks also opt for the penalty goal. Townsend raises the flags.
PENALTY SHARKS! Woods goes for a charge and has it lost. CHALLENGE from the Storm. UNSUCCESSFUL. Munster stripped it.
Some return from Kennedy! Storm kicked early to give Addo-Carr some room but the Sharks fullback brings it back strongly. Sharks finish the set with a nice low kick that traps the Storm winger.
PENALTY STORM! Sharks were up in their face all set and pinged on last. Storm point to the sticks.
Sharks have it over in the corner! They have gone right with their attack early. This time it goes left, the pass from Townsend puts Tracey in space and he dives over. It comes back for the forward pass from Townsend though.
Been a sloppy start from the Storm. A kick out on the full and an errant offload. Now the Sharks are on the attack with a set restart.
All action start from Chambers. He uses his short kicking game on last but Nicho Hynes traps it well.
Not the ideal start for the Storm. Will Chambers with two effort plays and forces Hughes to kick it out on the full.
Here we go! Sharks kick it high into the Melbourne sky and we're off!
Here come the Sharks! They stomp onto AAMI Park looking to arrest their slide lately down in a place where nobody usually wins. The Storm stride through the banner and aim to keep their impressive form up against the team who defeated them in the 2016 decider.
Happy Friday! We start our Friday double header south of the border! Premiers Melbourne Storm host the embattled Cronulla Sharks in a clash which is always fiery. The Storm have made some wholesale changes to their team. Take a breath and let the changes come easy: Harry Grant to prop, Brandon Smith lock with Nelson Asofa-Solomona out. Tom Eisenhuth initally named in the centres goes to bench, youngster Dean Ieremia debuts on the wing with Reimis Smith moving to centre. Tui Kamikamica goes to the bench with Ryley Jacks the 18th man. Now for the Sharks. Will Chambers makes his club debut against his former club. Teig Wilton comes into the centres for Josh Dugan who moves to being 18th man. Billy Magoulias joins the bench. That is everything for you. Sit back, relax and enjoy the story of this contest while you get to the bottom of your bottle.
Referees & scorers:
Referee: Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges: Jon Stone, Wyatt Raymond
Video Referee: Matt Noyen
MELBOURNE STORM (40)
Tries: Josh Addo-Carr, Tom Eisenhuth, Tui Kamikamica, Reimis Smith (3), Jahrome Hughes, Brandon Smith
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Munster (3/7), Nicholas Hynes (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Munster (1/1)
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (14)
Tries: Briton Nikora, Connor Tracey
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Chad Townsend (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Chad Townsend (1/1)