Full Time
80:00
6:00pm Fri April 30, 2021
Round 8 - AAMI Park, Melbourne - Crowd: 10069
80min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Chad Townsend.

Townsend has the final action of the game. He studies the kick, gets the arms moving and nails it. FULLTIME.

Storm lead Storm 40 - 14 Sharks
80min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Connor Tracey. Kick to come.

Kennedy with a nice pass for Tracey to go over.

Storm lead Storm 40 - 12 Sharks
80min

PENALTY SHARKS! Can they finish with a flourish?

79min

Conversion: Storm
Attempted by Cameron Munster.

Munster is back kicking. Can he nail this one? Nope.

Storm lead Storm 40 - 8 Sharks
78min

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

HAT-TRICK for Reimis Smith! He finishes the work off nicely even with some juggling.

Storm lead Storm 40 - 8 Sharks
76min

Hughes kicks for his winger and they trap Tracey. Dropout.

73min

Conversion: Storm
Attempted by Nicholas Hynes.

Hynes has taken over the kicking duties. He hooks it.

Storm lead Storm 36 - 8 Sharks
71min

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

Lovely work from Reimis Smith to spin right round and score.

Storm lead Storm 36 - 8 Sharks
70min

Sharks are cooked. Hiroti tried to spark his side but is driven back in goal.

68min

Conversion: Storm
Attempted by Cameron Munster.

Munster misses.

Storm lead Storm 32 - 8 Sharks
67min

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

The Cheese has his four pointer now. Simple crash run and he dives over.

Storm lead Storm 32 - 8 Sharks
66min

Try: Storm
Scored by Jahrome Hughes. Kick to come.

Hughes scores.

Storm lead Storm 28 - 8 Sharks
65min

PENALTY STORM! High tackle from Rudolf.

64min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Munster.

Munster has another easy kick and raises the flags again.

Storm lead Storm 24 - 8 Sharks
63min

Hughes is high steppin' to the line and another Storm win.

62min

PENALTY STORM! Accidental offside by Tracey. Sharks will CHALLENGE. It will be UNSUCCESSFUL. Remains a penalty to the Storm.

58min

Conversion: Storm
Attempted by Cameron Munster.

Toughest kick of the night for Munster. Right sideline, he swings the arms and misses.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 8 Sharks
57min

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

Storm are running wild now! They have the numbers right and Nicho Hynes lays it on a platter for Reimis Smith to dive over.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 8 Sharks
55min

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.

53min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Munster.

Munster puts the Storm lead into double digits.

Storm lead Storm 18 - 8 Sharks
52min

Try: Storm
Scored by Tui Kamikamica. Kick to come.

Storm convert right away! Another short ball to the big man - this time to Kamikamica who strides over.

Storm lead Storm 16 - 8 Sharks
52min

Set restart for the Storm as Grant goes for a run. PENALTY STORM! Hynes caught high.

50min

Graham kicks on last and it rolls dead. Let off for the Storm. Sharks have attacked the edges well.

47min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Munster.

Munster puts the Storm ahead by four.

Storm lead Storm 12 - 8 Sharks
46min

Try: Storm
Scored by Tom Eisenhuth. Kick to come.

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.

Storm lead Storm 10 - 8 Sharks
41min

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.

40min

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.

40min

We're back for the second half! Both sides will want to improve and take home the two points!

40min

Sharks go for the short ball and Uele loses it. HALFTIME!

39min

PENALTY SHARKS! The play broke down on the left and Olam got involved. Sharks have the final chance of the half.

36min

Tracey loses it as the Sharks attack the left again. CHALLENGE is SUCCESSFUL! but the Storm get the ball anyways.

34min

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.

32min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Chad Townsend.

Townsend has a chance to put the Sharks in the lead. He steadies and pilots it over.

Sharks lead Storm 6 - 8 Sharks
30min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Briton Nikora. Kick to come.

Sharks finally make it count! Johnson with a touch perfect pass for Nikora to stride away.

Tied up at Storm 6 - 6 Sharks
29min

Hynes drops it from the scrum.

29min

Chambers tries to burst onto the ball, loses it.

27min

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.

26min

Sharks go wide and Johnson fires one right over Hiroti's hands.

26min

RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY! Superb effort from Hughes. He got underneath Tracey to hold him up.

26min

BUNKER TIME! Connor Tracy pounces on a loose ball and might have scored.

24min

Townsend forces another dropout. Hynes trapped.

23min

Kenny Bromwich spills it.

21min

Conversion: Storm
Attempted by Cameron Munster.

Munster lines up his second of the night. From close range, misses it.

Storm lead Storm 6 - 2 Sharks
20min

Try: Storm
Scored by Josh Addo-Carr. Kick to come.

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.

Storm lead Storm 6 - 2 Sharks
18min

Chambers redeems himself! Takes a big catch to get the Sharks going again. Storm attacked on both fringes but couldn't cut through.

17min

Chambers loses it on a spread in their own end.

14min

Penalty Goal: Sharks
Kicked by Chad Townsend.

Sharks also opt for the penalty goal. Townsend raises the flags.

Tied up at Storm 2 - 2 Sharks
13min

PENALTY SHARKS! Woods goes for a charge and has it lost. CHALLENGE from the Storm. UNSUCCESSFUL. Munster stripped it.

11min

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.

9min

Penalty Goal: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Munster.

Munster converts.

Storm lead Storm 2 - 0 Sharks
7min

PENALTY STORM! Sharks were up in their face all set and pinged on last. Storm point to the sticks.

6min

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.

4min

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.

2min

All action start from Chambers. He uses his short kicking game on last but Nicho Hynes traps it well.

1min

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
Field Goals:
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
Field Goals:
Two Point Field Goals:
Conversions: Chad Townsend (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Chad Townsend (1/1)