Full Time
80:00
7:00pm Mon March 9, 2015
Round 1 - Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Carlton - Crowd: 10028
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Fulltime at Jubilee Oval and the Storm have defeated the Dragons 12-4.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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Cronk grubbers into the in-goal and Nabuli tries to get back into the field of play but can't. Storm will finish the match in possession after the dropout.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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PENALTY Storm. Merrin hangs on too long in the ruck.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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Widdop kicks for Nabuli, but the winger can't track the ball down. Storm scrum.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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Fancy play from the Storm, but the ball goes to ground. Dragons scrum.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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PENALTY Dragons. Hinchcliffe went through a yawning gap in the defence but it's due to Slater taking Nightingale out in back play.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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Finucane drops the ball off Smith. Dragons ball.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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Dugan is helped from the field after twisting his left ankle.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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Benji chips for Dugan, but Cronk is back for the Storm. In back play Dugan is down receiving treatment from the trainer for a lower leg injury.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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Storm struggling to get out of their own half and Cronk's kick is taken by Nightingale where he's tackled on halfway.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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Slater knocks the ball on after trying to get up to his feet too quickly. Dragons scrum.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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PENALTY Storm. Farrell puts the kick-off out on the full.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Smith adds the extras from out wide to extend the visitors lead past a converted try.

Melbourne Storm 12-4

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Will Chambers. Kick to come.

Will Chambers burrows over from close range after the Dragons defence momentarily held off and he made them pay.

Melbourne Storm 10-4

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VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Storm try.

Melbourne Storm 6-4

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Green pops the pass up to McLean and the front-rower puts the ball down. Dragons ball.

Melbourne Storm 6-4

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PENALTY Storm. Flop from Farrell.

Melbourne Storm 6-4

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Smith attempts to kick in behind the Dragons defence but Widdop gets in the way and comes up with possession.

Melbourne Storm 6-4

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Bromwich has the ball knocked out by Creagh and they'll feed the scrum on halfway.

Melbourne Storm 6-4

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Benji drills the ball into touch and the Storm will feed a scrum.

Melbourne Storm 6-4

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Conversion attempt by Gareth Widdop unsuccessful.

Widdop's conversion from the sideline scrapes the top of the right upright and is waved away.

Melbourne Storm 6-4

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TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Eto Nabuli. Kick to come.

The flying Fijian on debut opens the scoring for the home side. Marshall drifted across field before grubbering in behind the Storm defence. Nabuli wins the race to the ball just inside the dead ball line.

Melbourne Storm 6-4

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VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Dragons try.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Nightingale forces the error from Mann and the Dragons have possession again after they feed the scrum.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Frizell drops the ball after he tried to run on the outside of the Storm defence, before losing his lollies.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Dragons. Storm inside the 10.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Billy puts Widdop's bomb down but Chambers is back there to pick up the loose ball.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Big left foot step from Merrin sees him into the backfield, but the Storm now have possession nearing halfway on tackle four.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Dragons. Finucane collects de Belin across the jaw.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Cronk kicks to the corner and Nielsen tries to come up with a slips catch, drops it behind himself and then wins the race to it.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Both teams back out on the park and we are underway again!

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Halftime at Jubilee and the Storm hold a slender 6-0 lead.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MELBOURNE STORM
Field goal attempt by Cooper Cronk unsuccessful.

Cronk tries to extend the lead past a converted try but misses to the right.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Storm. Dragons with hands on the ball.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Benji runs the ball on the last and is tackled ball and all by Kaufusi. Storm ball.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Dragons. Finucane hangs on too long in the ruck.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Slater is bundled touch in-goal and the Storm will restart play with a dropout.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Green attempts a 40/20 but he's bitten off more than he can chew and the ball sails out on the full. Dragons ball on the Storm 40.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Widdop's kick to Nabuli's wing is knocked on. Storm ball.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Dragons. Kaufusi placed on report for attacking the legs of Marshall who appears to have recovered.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Time off as the boys get a bit restless. Kaufusi the player who has attacked the legs of Marshall who receives some attention.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Widdop kicks in behind Koroibete who wins the race into the in-goal and bats the ball dead. Storm dropout.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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And now it's the Storm's turn to throw away possession with Chambers knocking on. Dragons scrum.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Rein throws a forward pass to Cooper. Storm scrum.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Dragons. Dugan dances his way around the defence before Bromwich collects him across the jaw and is put on report.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Cronk chips towards the posts looking for Slater, but Widdop is back there for the Dragons and races back to the 20.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Storm. Thompson holds the Storm winger down for too long and the visitors will get out of trouble.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Benji bombs to the corner and Tonumaipea comes up with the catch.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Dragons. Hands on the ball in the ruck from Green.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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The Storm switch the ball to the right hand side and Tonumaipea tries to kick back towards the posts and it sails out on the full.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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The Storm run the ball on the last, but the Dragons defence holds and they'll work the ball off their own line once again.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Marshall plugs a kick into the corner and it finds touch. Storm scrum 10m from their own line.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Green's cross-field kick is taken well by Nabuli. Dragons work the ball upfield.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Storm. Dragons offside this time.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Dugan puts down the pass from Widdop and the Storm repel three successive sets on their own goal-line.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Dragons. Storm inside the 10 again.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Marshall's pass is knocked down by Chambers and the home side will feed a scrum and remain on the attack.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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PENALTY Dragons. Storm in front of the goal-line.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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40/20 ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Benji Marshall kicks a 40/20.

Benji makes a statement early tonight and finds touch 10m from the Storm line. Dragons on the attack.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Mistake free set from the Storm and Smith kicks into the corner.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Smith adds the extras from 20m in from the sideline.

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Young Tonumaipea. Kick to come.

Tonumaipea scores the first try of the night for the visitors after Cronk's deft kick over the top finds him in an acre of space.

Melbourne Storm 4-0

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PENALTY Storm. Creagh ruled to have stripped the ball in a two-man tackle.

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Widdop's pass to Thompson is ruled to have gone forward. Storm scrum.

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Eto Nabuli forces the error from Tonumaipea and the Dragons go into Melbourne territory.

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Mistake free opening set from the Dragons.

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We're underway! Dragons with first use.

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Ben Creagh now leads the home side out in front of what is healthy enough crowd for a Monday night.

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Cameron Smith leads the Storm out onto Jubilee Oval where they will defend the southern end of the ground in the first half.

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Fulltime in the Holden Cup and the Melbourne Storm have proven too strong for the Dragons with a 34-8 victory to start the season.

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Craig Bellamy has also handed in his team sheet and the Melbourne Storm will also run out 1-17.

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News filtering through from downstairs is that Paul McGregor has finalised his side and they will trot out just after 7pm as named last Tuesday.

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We are live at Jubilee Oval tonight for the final game of round 1 in the 2015 Telstra Premiership. For the Dragons, life after Brett Morris begins while the Storm will hope Cameron Smith gets through the match unscathed. Full team lists shortly.

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Referees & scorers:

Referee: Adam Devcich, Dave Munro

Touch Judges: Rickey McFarlane, Chris Sutton

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Luke Phillips

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (4)
Tries: Eto Nabuli
Field Goals:
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (0/1)
Penalty Goals:

MELBOURNE STORM (12)
Tries: Young Tonumaipea, Will Chambers
Field Goals: Cooper Cronk (0/1)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/2)
Penalty Goals: