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Live: Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders


Kyle Mackey-Laws

Thanks for joining me tonight - make sure you stick around and tune in for the Brumbies v Waratahs rugby union match. The Canberra Times' Daniel 'I love rugby union' Briggs will have all the action from 7.30pm. 

That win brings has the Raiders just one win outside the top eight. And while the Storm stay top of the ladder, the chasers are closing fast. Just how badly did the Storm miss Cameron Smith and Billy Slater? Judging by that performance, a lot. But take nothing away from the Raiders, it was an inspired effort away from home.

FULL-TIME: Stunning upset at AAMI Park. Raiders win 40-12. Who would have picked that? Definitely not the bookies, who had the Raiders at $4.75 before the game.

Normal programming has resumed. McCrone up and going again. Crisis averted folks.

McCrone is down in back play - looks shoulder-related. Oh-ohhhhh...

74th minute: I can't keep up. This time it's the Storm, thanks to a Hinchcliffe offload, who get over the line through Brian Norrie. But the big prop can't ground the ball and Reece Robinson ends up with the ball.

Williams sends one out on the full to give the Storm the ball on halfway. He hasn't had the best game tonight young Sammy. McCrone has flown the flag very high in the halves for Canberra.

71st minute: TRY! Sticks Lee gets a hat-trick. The love child of Bruce and Spike scores after a line break from Reece Robinson and then an outstanding cut-out pass. Lee is scoring a try a game now. The Storm have now conceded their highest score at home. EVER. Wow. Croker converts. Raiders 40-12.

69th minute: Sam Williams blows a certain try. Shaun Fensom breaks through, runs 30m, offloads and all Williams has to do is keep the ball in the hands. Puts a kick in, and instead the Storm have another drop-out.

66th minute: TRY! Sandor Earl scores a double. What has Penrith let go with this bloke? Dashing looks both on and off the field. McCrone has been brilliant tonight and set that one up with a ripper pass out wide to Ferguson, who finished the move with a simple pass to Earl. Croker misses the conversion (again). Pity he can't kick a goal... Raiders 34-12.

Kevin 'the doctor' Proctor is on the field now. Sporting locks the NRL hasn't seen since the days of Parra's Matt Petersen... Unfortunately, Sideshow Bob hasn't produced any magic just yet.

Surely there's a rather large woman somewhere at AAMI Park warming up the vocal chords?

57th minute: TRY! Croker scores a try after the Storm were very, very short on the left. Thompson gives an off-load and Croker makes no mistake. I think there was a premature turning point call eight minutes ago. I hang my head in shame. Croker converts. Raiders 30-12.

54th minute: Repeat set here for the Raiders. Storm will drop the ball out. Another try here for Canberra would make it very hard for the Storm... I can't help but think the Storm are reading this and saying 'Challenge. Accepted.'

Penalty count is 5-1 tonight in the Storm's favour. Cue Dave Furner rant after the game?

50th minute: KNOCK-ON. Five metres out from the line, O'Neill, sniffing a hat-trick of tries, fumbles and lets the Raiders off.

49th minute: Can anyone say TURNING POINT???? Cronk kicks a 40-20 to set the Storm up with a great set of six to come. Worrying 5-10 minutes to come for the Raiders.

Raiders get away with one there. Apparent knock-on by the Storm. Raiders scrum feed on half way.

43rd minute: TRY! Sticks Lee crosses for a double with an awesome pass from Josh McCrone. Ominous signs early - the Storm just can't get their hands on the ball. Sticks now has five tries from six games. Pretty handy for a kid who should be playing under-20s... Croker misses the conversion. Raiders 24-12.

Players running out for the second half. And we're back on with the Storm having first use of the football.

HALF-TIME: Tremendous first half of rugby league in Melbourne. Both teams throwing the ball around, and with the Raiders leading at the break I'd suggest we'll see more of the same when they come back out as the Storm play from behind.

39th minute: TRY! It's that Raiders left-side defence again. Big overlap and O'Neill scores a first-half double. Widdop converts. RAIDERS 20-12.

PENALTY: The Raiders are giving the Storm every chance to get back in the game with a number of penalties... Storm attacking again.

Dare I say it - the Raiders are weathering the Storm so far tonight. Geddit? But seriously, the Raiders are sending plenty of traffic down the Storm's left-side defence and it's working big time so far. Ferguson and Earl are running riot.

28th minute: TRY! It's offload city down at AAMI Park tonight. Sandor - pronounced SHANDOR for all you novices - Earl scores a ripper try set up by Blake 'the Snake' Ferguson. Ferguson monstered Dane Neilsen with the big don't argue before the pass to Earl. Croker converts. Raiders 20-6.

25th minute: TRY! Big Edrick 'Sticks' Lee scores a try off a pass we'll be generous with and say it looked 'marginally' forward. Reece Robinson chalks up a try assist. Croker misses the conversion. Raiders 14-6.

20th minute: Cooper Cronk puts in a cheeky kick, McCrone knocks the ball on, Storm has a scrum 10 metres out from the Raiders line.

18th minute: The Storm makes a break down the middle of the field, Widdop left with only daylight between himself and the tryline, but what's that? A referee prepared to make a call? Well done good sir - it's a forward pass.

15th minute: TRY! Last tackle, Cronk kicks across field and centre Justin O'Neill scores. Poor effort in defence there by the Raiders. It's a point a minute at the moment. Gareth Widdop converts. Raiders 10-6.

13th minute: PENALTY. Fensom held too long in the tackle. Raiders on the attack now (sounds better if you pretend you're Rabs Warren)...

10th minute: TRY! Running the ball on the second tackle, Sandor Earl makes a break down the wing for the Raiders, passes back inside to Reece Robinson who scores a brilliant try. Rugby league was the winner there, top stuff. Robinson now has 10 tries for the season. Jarrod Croker duffs his conversion, can't even make the distance. Raiders 10-0.

8th minute: TRY! And the Raiders will play from in front tonight. Josh McCrone puts a great high kick across field, centre Blake Ferguson wrestles the ball off Anthony 'Dr Quinn Medicine Woman' Quinn to score. Jarrod Croker converts the try. Raiders 6-0. 

7th minute: Both teams are running the ball on the last tackle and showing a real intent to attack. Good stuff early on here at AAMI Park.

3rd minute: Penalty against the Raiders, Shaun Fensom holding Jason Ryles a little too long in the tackle.

Raiders showing they're ready to throw the ball around. Third tackle and a pass out wide to Sandor Earl who chips in behind the Storm defence. Gutsy.

Kick-off: Raiders get first use of the ball. We're away in Melbourne!

Toyota Cup: The Storm proved too strong, winning 34-30 despite a Raiders comeback. Man of the match in my book was Jonathan Reuben (Wiki). Reuben scored two tries for the Raiders and is quite possibly the oldest looking player in the under-20s competition. Remarkable.

Team news from our roving reporter Lee 'Gasanova' Gaskin at AAMI Park: 

The Canberra Raiders have been boosted in their quest to win back-to-back games for the first time in more than a year, with Cameron Smith ruled out for the Melbourne Storm.

The Kangaroos and Queensland dummy-half has failed to back up from Wednesday night’s brutal State of Origin series decider for tonight’s AAMI Park encounter.

Former Raider Ryan Hinchcliffe will start at hooker for the Storm, with prop Siosaia Vave added to the bench.
Maroons match winner Cooper Cronk will take over the captaincy, while centre Dane Nielsen will also back up from Wednesday night.

Prop David Shillington will do the same for the Raiders.

The Raiders have made two changes to the side named on Tuesday, with forward Mark Nicholls and utility Shaun Berrigan added to the bench.

Sam Mataora (back) and Matt McIlwrick (omitted) have made way. Bryan Norrie will start in the front-row for the Storm, relegating Jesse Bromwich to the bench.

Pre-game: Cooper Cronk has tossed the coin for the Storm this afternoon. Does this mean regular captain Cam Smith is out of the Storm side? I'm thinking yes.

Preamble: One of the most inconsistent teams in the competition comes up against one of the best.

Join us at 5.30pm for all the action at AAMI Park as the mighty Green Machine chase a rare win against the Melbourne Storm.


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