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5:30pm Sat July 25, 2015
Round 20 - McLean Park, Napier - Crowd: 14532
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That's full time in Napier with the Melbourne Storm coming out comfortable 22-4 winners over the Dragons

Melbourne Storm 22-4

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

Widdop misses his attempt

Melbourne Storm 22-4

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TRY ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Scored by Peter Mata'utia. Kick to come.

The Dragons finally have points with Mata'utia throwing a dummy and cutting back on the inside and he reaches out to slam the ball down over the line

Melbourne Storm 22-4

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Penalty Dragons with Creagh stripped of the ball

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Harris loses the ball as he got a tough ball to the chest and it pops off his chest and goes to ground.

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Mata'utia throws a pass behind him meant for Nightingale but he can't get to it and the ball goes over the sideline

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Cooper tries to force a pass and he knocks on. Storm ball. Still no points for the Dragons with only a few minutes remaining

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Dragons make a half break through Nightingale and Dugan is tackled 40m out

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Smith splits a gap and passes for Harris who gives to Munster and then his final ball for Fonua goes forward. Almost more points for Melbourne there. Dragons thankful

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Marshall goes to the sky and Koroibete takes it safely

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Josh Dugan is put on report

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Duffie gets a cutout pass and tries to find the corner but Widdop drags him down into touch

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Smith grubbers into the in goal and Munster grabs Dugan. Drop out

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Dugan has gone himself through a good Dragons move but he's lost it just before he gets over the line. So close, yet so far away for the away team tonight.

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Dragons get a scrum via a Storm knock on.

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Duffie spots a gap and goes through and Cronk gets it and then passes back inside which goes forward

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith unsuccessful.

Smith slices his conversion well wide of the posts

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Mahe Fonua. Kick to come.

A brilliant kick by Cronk is put back into the field of play and Fonua dives into the corner to score

Melbourne Storm 22-0

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Mata'utia's ball out the back misses everyone and goes out into touch. Hasn't been the Dragons night

Melbourne Storm 18-0

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Penalty Dragons with a strip called

Melbourne Storm 18-0

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What a bizarre passage of play with Cronk chipping for himself then kicks it off the ground for Duffie who passes back and the ball goes over the sideline

Melbourne Storm 18-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Smith goes to 3/3 and the Storm lead 18-0

Melbourne Storm 18-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Kevin Proctor. Kick to come.

The Storm are in again with Proctor crashing over from close range via a Green short pass

Melbourne Storm 16-0

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Penalty Melbourne and they will go back on the attack starting a set 30m out from the Dragons line

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Aitken forces a pass that wasn't on and Hunt knocks it on

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Stoppage in play with Green staying down as he went to tackle Dugan

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Nightingale taps back a kick and Harris has the ball. Ah Mau has now come up with the ball and the Dragons are on the attack

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Penalty Dragons with Nightingale having the ball ripped from his possession

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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L'Estrange knocks the ball on.

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Dugan is held down and the Dragons have a penalty

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Koroibete stays down after copping a hugh shot from Ah Mau

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Marshall's kick is caught by Smith and he passes for Munster. Brilliant stuff from the Queensland and Kangaroos captain

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Penalty Dragons with the Storm inside the 10

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Proctor is tackled on the last as the Storm went to the short side. Hand over

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Hunt takes a kick and is then dragged back in goal by Duffie. Drop out

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Asofa-Solomona has a ball bounce his way from a high Dragons kick

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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Cronk goes for the early 40/20 attempt which is tapped back really well by Hunt and Dugan gets it and makes a half break. Great start to the half.

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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2nd half is underway

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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That's half time in Napier with the Storm leading 12-0 through Asofa-Solomona and Koroibete tries. Nightingale had a try disallowed through Marshall's pass being forward.

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Smith converts the Koroibete try and Melbourne lead 12-0

Melbourne Storm 12-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Marika Koroibete. Kick to come.

Marshall throws a long, high pass which Harris intercepts and Koroibete gets it and runs 70m to score.

Melbourne Storm 10-0

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Cronk gets a kick away after being hit late and the ball bounces into touch 5m out from the Dragons line

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Widdop kicks high to the wing and Koroibete takes it safely

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Green kicks behind the Dragons defence and Dugan watches it roll dead. 20m restart

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Marshall throws a short ball to Dugan on the last and he is tackled just short of the line

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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Penalty Dragons for a flop. Away side to start a set inside the Storm half

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MELBOURNE STORM
Conversion attempt by Cameron Smith successful.

Smith converts the try to give Mebourne a 6-0 lead

Melbourne Storm 6-0

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TRY MELBOURNE STORM
Scored by Nelson Asofa-Solomona. Kick to come.

We have first points in this game with Asofa-Solomona forcing his way over from close range.

Melbourne Storm 4-0

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Marshall throws a long ball to Nightingale and he goes over but the ball is called forward. Storm penalty now and they will start a set on halfway

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Koroibete is forced to throw a pass infield as he almost went out into touch and Creagh comes up with it.

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Benji kicks to the corner for Nightingale and the ball bounces bac in field and the ball is knocked on. Chance missed for the visitors

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Koroibete goes close in the corner and next play Green tries to kick in behind and the ball rebounds off a Drsgons player who didn't play at it and it's a handover

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Penalty Storm with Hinchcliffe held down

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Cronk spots a gap in the Dragons defence and gets through and grubbers for the corner meant for Duffie and Hunt gets there first and is forced back in goal. Drop out

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Rein's pass to Widdop has been called forward. Still no score here in Napier after 20 minutes

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Widdop grubbers in and Duffie smashes the ball dead. Drop out

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On replay, it seems as if Dugan's ankle has been caught under a Storm defender. That wouldn't tickle

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Dugan now has stayed down after being tackled.

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Penalty Dragons with Nightingale held down. Dragons to start a set 40m out from the Storm line

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Cronk's pass to Proctor is ruled forward. Chance missed for Melbourne.

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Duffie gets above the back to get the ball and Munster gets it and kicks in and grounds Widdop in goal. Drop out

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Dugan's chip to the corner looked good as it sat up in goal but it's lst bounce sees it go over the dead ball line

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UNFORCED ERROR MELBOURNE STORM
Tim Glasby makes an unforced error.

Glasby loses the ball as he plays it

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Clever kick from Cronk with the ball sitting up in the in goal and Dugan chests the ball dead

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Marshall goes to the air again and Munster does well to take it. He's then hit high by Thompson and the Storm get a relieving penalty

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Cronk kicks in his own 30m line again with Dugan taking it and bringing back at the chasing Storm defence

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Widdop kicks to the corner and Munster does extremely well to stay in the field of play

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Cronk goes to the wing looking for Duffie and Hunt takes safely. Dragons penalty now and they can get out of their own end.

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The kick is too deep with the ball bouncing end on end and going over the dead ball line. Penalty Storm now with Koroibete hit high

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Bromwich throws an offload behind him and Mata'utia is the first one to it and the Dragons work it away from their own line

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Duffie bats back a high kick and the ball is knocked on by Widdop as he dived on the loose ball. Storm scrum on the 30m line

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Marshall goes to the air with Nightingale taking it and giving it back to Benji. The Dragons throwing the footy around and Ah Mau is tackled on the last. Change over

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Cronk is forced to kick in his own 30m. Strong start for the Dragons

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Marshall goes to the air and Duffie does well to take it in his first game back in a while.

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We are underway in Napier

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Welcome to McLean Park, Napier where the Melbourne Storm face the St.George Illawarra Dragons. The Storm will look to build on their comfortable win over Penrith last week while the Dragons will want to break a losing streak. All to play for. Kick off shortly.

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Referees & scorers:

Referee: Matt Cecchin, Chris Butler

Touch Judges: Michael Wise, Anthony Elliott

Video Referee: Shayne Hayne, Luke Phillips

MELBOURNE STORM (22)
Tries: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Marika Koroibete, Kevin Proctor, Mahe Fonua
Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Smith (3/4)
Penalty Goals:

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (4)
Tries: Peter Mata'utia
Field Goals:
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (0/1)
Penalty Goals: