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NRL Premiership, Monday, 20 May 2013 - Round 10 - AAMI Park

Time
90.00
Team
Melbourne
Score
10
Team
Manly
Score
10
Melbourne versus Manly
Players Blair (60min) Tries 1 Tries 1 Players Lyon (7min)
Players Smith 1/1 (100%) Conversions 1 Conversions 1 Players Lyon 1/1 (100%)
Players Smith 2/2 (100%) Penalty goals 2 Penalty goals 2 Players Lyon 2/2 (100%)
Players Widdop 0/1 (0%), Cronk 0/3 (0%), Smith 0/1 (0%) Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players Foran 0/1 (0%), Cherry-Evans 0/2 (0%)

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Statistics

Match Statistics
MelbourneManly

1 Billy Slater

Substitution Off
1

1 Peter Hiku

Substitution Off
1

2 Sisa Waqa

Substitution Off
1

2 Jorge Taufua

Substitution Off
1

3 Maurice Blair

Try
1
Substitution Off
1

3 Jamie Lyon

Try
1
Conversion
1
Penalty Goal
2
Substitution Off
1

4 Justin O'Neill

Substitution Off
1

4 Steve Matai

Substitution Off
1

5 Mahe Fonua

Substitution Off
1

5 David Williams

Substitution Off
1

6 Gareth Widdop

Substitution Off
1

6 Kieran Foran

Substitution Off
1

7 Cooper Cronk

Substitution Off
1

7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Substitution Off
1

8 Jesse Bromwich

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

8 Brenton Lawrence

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
3

9 Cameron Smith

Conversion
1
Penalty Goal
2
Substitution Off
1

9 Matt Ballin

Substitution Off
1

10 Bryan Norrie

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

10 Brent Kite

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

11 Kevin Proctor

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

11 Anthony Watmough

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

12 Ryan Hoffman

Substitution Off
1

12 Justin Horo

Substitution Off
1

13 Ryan Hinchcliffe

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

13 Glenn Stewart

Substitution Off
1
Match Statistics
Melbourne Interchange Manly Interchange

Tohu Harris

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Tom Symonds

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Jason Ryles

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Jamie Buhrer

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Junior Moors

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

George Rose

Substitution On
3
Substitution Off
3

Lagi Setu

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Melbourne vs Manly

  • Possession

    Melbourne 55%
    55% 45%
    Manly 45%
  • Sets

    Melbourne 49
    55% 45%
    Manly 40
  • Completed sets

    Melbourne 38
    56% 44%
    Manly 30
  • Completion rate

    Melbourne 78%
    51% 49%
    Manly 75%
  • Tackles

    Melbourne 369
    47% 53%
    Manly 419
  • Total runs

    Melbourne 215
    56% 44%
    Manly 171
  • Total run metres

    Melbourne 1867m
    57% 43%
    Manly 1403m
  • Hit-ups

    Melbourne 89
    55% 45%
    Manly 73
  • Line breaks

    Melbourne 3
    50% 50%
    Manly 3
  • Offloads

    Melbourne 10
    63% 37%
    Manly 6
  • Kicks

    Melbourne 25
    51% 49%
    Manly 24
  • 40-20 kicks

    Melbourne 0
    0% 100%
    Manly 1
  • Kick metres

    Melbourne 587m
    42% 58%
    Manly 803m
  • Penalties

    Melbourne 10
    67% 33%
    Manly 5
  • Scrums

    Melbourne 4
    31% 69%
    Manly 9
  • Missed tackles

    Melbourne 27
    42% 58%
    Manly 37
  • Errors

    Melbourne 13
    57% 43%
    Manly 10
  • | |
    Melbourne statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Billy Slater Fullback 90 22 217 1 6 0 1 0 1 10
    Sisa Waqa Winger 1 90 17 142 1 4 1 1 0 0 0
    Maurice Blair Centre 1 90 8 90 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin O'Neill Centre 2 90 14 135 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Mahe Fonua Winger 2 90 16 156 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Widdop Five-eighth 90 9 74 0 2 0 0 1 3 34
    Cooper Cronk Halfback 90 11 84 1 1 2 0 0 18 459
    Jesse Bromwich Prop 1 54 17 174 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Cameron Smith Hooker 90 13 102 3 3 0 0 0 3 84
    Bryan Norrie Prop 2 38 14 109 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Proctor 2nd Row 1 65 9 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row 2 90 16 119 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe Lock 55 8 50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tohu Harris Interchange 51 11 92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Ryles Interchange 52 16 150 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors Interchange 24 9 69 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Lagi Setu Interchange 21 5 33 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Melbourne statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Billy Slater Fullback 90 2 1 0 0 1
    Sisa Waqa Winger 1 90 5 0 0 1 2
    Maurice Blair Centre 1 90 19 1 0 0 0
    Justin O'Neill Centre 2 90 16 3 2 0 1
    Mahe Fonua Winger 2 90 3 3 0 0 1
    Gareth Widdop Five-eighth 90 18 4 0 0 0
    Cooper Cronk Halfback 90 27 2 0 0 2
    Jesse Bromwich Prop 1 54 27 1 1 0 1
    Cameron Smith Hooker 90 47 2 1 1 0
    Bryan Norrie Prop 2 38 13 1 0 1 1
    Kevin Proctor 2nd Row 1 65 34 1 1 0 1
    Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row 2 90 46 4 1 1 1
    Ryan Hinchcliffe Lock 55 34 2 1 0 0
    Tohu Harris Interchange 51 26 2 1 1 0
    Jason Ryles Interchange 52 27 0 0 0 1
    Junior Moors Interchange 24 15 0 0 0 1
    Lagi Setu Interchange 21 10 0 0 0 0
    Manly statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Peter Hiku Fullback 90 14 100 0 4 1 1 0 0 0
    Jorge Taufua Winger 1 90 15 123 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Lyon Centre 1 90 12 78 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Steve Matai Centre 2 73 5 37 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    David Williams Winger 2 90 14 148 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
    Kieran Foran Five-eighth 90 8 84 0 3 0 0 0 8 225
    Daly Cherry-Evans Halfback 90 7 28 1 1 0 0 1 15 545
    Brenton Lawrence Prop 1 61 16 129 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Ballin Hooker 90 4 44 0 0 0 0 0 1 33
    Brent Kite Prop 2 59 12 107 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony Watmough 2nd Row 1 74 21 164 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin Horo 2nd Row 2 90 11 106 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Glenn Stewart Lock 90 8 57 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Symonds Interchange 42 9 62 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Buhrer Interchange 26 6 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Rose Interchange 25 9 88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Manly statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Peter Hiku Fullback 90 5 1 0 0 3
    Jorge Taufua Winger 1 90 3 2 1 0 1
    Jamie Lyon Centre 1 90 22 2 0 0 1
    Steve Matai Centre 2 73 11 4 0 1 0
    David Williams Winger 2 90 3 2 0 0 0
    Kieran Foran Five-eighth 90 22 3 0 1 3
    Daly Cherry-Evans Halfback 90 27 1 0 1 0
    Brenton Lawrence Prop 1 61 35 2 5 1 0
    Matt Ballin Hooker 90 69 5 3 2 1
    Brent Kite Prop 2 59 30 0 2 1 0
    Anthony Watmough 2nd Row 1 74 50 2 0 1 0
    Justin Horo 2nd Row 2 90 40 4 1 0 0
    Glenn Stewart Lock 90 43 6 0 0 1
    Tom Symonds Interchange 42 17 2 0 0 0
    Jamie Buhrer Interchange 26 25 1 0 2 0
    George Rose Interchange 25 17 0 1 0 0

    Latest Comments

    • Melbourne look like they're suffering a mid-season GF hangover. No legit NRL premiership winner has made the GF the next year since the Chooks in 2003

      Sinbad Gordon | May 20, 2013, 7:30PM
    • Hey Smudge, what a boring predictable game if teams never had an 'off' period. Obviously being a blues man, now couldn't be a better time for Storm.

      bluey | May 20, 2013, 8:41PM
    • Get outa here Bluey.. Never good to see any team in a slump unless they deserving and Storm are not in that category.

      smudge452 | May 20, 2013, 8:33PM
    • NSW might have some hope after all! Storm in a major slump. Good to see.

      bluey | May 20, 2013, 7:43PM
    • Melb Storm are certainly in a slump at present. Maybe as supporters we are expecting too much of the team.

      smudge452 | May 20, 2013, 8:17PM

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    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Matt Ballin 69
    Runs
    Player name Billy Slater 22
    Line Breaks
    Player name Cooper Cronk 2
    Offloads
    Player name Cameron Smith 3

    Match Details

    Start time:
    7:00pm
    Weather:
    Showers
    Surface:
    Slippery
    Referees:
    Shayne Hayne, Matt Cecchin
    Touch Judges:
    Steve Carrall, Nick Beashel
    Video Ref:
    Chris Ward

    Live: Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles

    Date

    James Polson

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    JAMES POLSON: What a match.  Hard to argue against the draw being a fair result, there's nothing worse than a great 80-minute game becoming a comedy of field-goal errors.  Manly can take a lot out of their defensive effort tonight, and while it's not quite a win for Melbourne Cameron Smith's men will be very happy with the way they bounced back against another premiership contender.

    "A lot of people were probably scratching their heads when we took those two points," Smith said.  "But it was right and it was a great game of footy."

    Can't argue with that.  That's it from us tonight, be sure to grab a copy of tomorrow's Herald for the all the wash-up from Steve Mascord or log on to smh.com.au to read his take as well as the rest of Australia's best sporting news and analysis.  I'll plump for Jamie Lyon as man of the match - he scored all his side's points and rarely put a foot wrong.  We'll be back on Friday night with Sonny Phil Mitchell in the chair as the hapless Tigers look to turn things around against Johnathan Thurston's Cowboys.  I'll be at Leichhardt Oval, you should too.

    Full-time: Melbourne 10 Jamie Lyon 10.

    91 min: Gareth Widdop has a crack from 55m out before it falls just short and David Williams looks to make a bust before failing to notice support inside him and this one will end in a draw.  Melbourne 10 Manly 10.

    90 min: Justin Horo charges it down but Gareth Widdop comes up with it.

    90 min: Last tackle for Melbourne.

    89 min: Kieran Foran sends it wide and Melbourne could well have the final say here.

    88 min: Cronk has come up with an absolute Barry Crocker there, shanking it from barely 15m out. Great pressure from George Rose and Anthony Watmough.

    88 min: Storm continue to spread wide.  Third tackle.

    87 min: Matt Ballin ruled to have knocked on 30m out from his own line and Melbourne have a golden opportunity to win it here.  Cameron Smith has gotten away with murder there.

    86 min: Gareth Widdop kicks for the corner this time but Peta Hiku is there to clean up for Manly.  Four minutes to go.

    86 min: Melbourne make it to the 30m line on their third tackle.

    JAMES POLSON: Even as a Manly fan, that was the wrong call.  Let's hope it doesn't spoil a great game of footy.

    85 min: Cherry-Evans again and it looks much better off the boot before it falls wide.  Cameron Smith boots it with the optional restart and it looks like the scrum is packed in time but Shayne Hayne disagrees.  Storm players not happy at all and that'll be it for the first period of extra time.  Manly 10 Melbourne 10.

    84 min: Cameron Smith has a crack from dummy-half this time and it's also unsuccessful.

    83 min: Daly Cherry-Evans fails with the field-goal attempt this time.  Far from his best effort.

    82 min: Cooper Cronk goes for an audacious field goal from 40m out, which he's done on many occasions before, but this time it goes wide.  Melbourne 10 Manly 10.

    81 min: Billy Slater takes the kick from Cherry-Evans on the full before making some handy metres.

    81 min: Cameron Smith kicks off for Brent Kite to take the first hit-up.

    Manly win the toss and will receive for the opening period of golden-point extra time.

    80 min: Manly taking their time with the restart before Daly Cherry-Evans goes deep into Storm territory.

    80 min: Smith adds the two and it looks like we're heading to golden point.  Melbourne 10 Manly 10.

    78 min: Jamie Lyon of all people spills it before Manly are penalised for off-side.  Surely they'll lock it up here.

    78 min: Cameron Smith almost caught with the ball on the last tackle but Kieran Foran ends up with the eventual kick and Manly are on the second tackle.

    76 min: Melbourne go wide on the fourth tackle before Jorge Taufua watches the kick bounce, luckily straight to Peta Hiku.

    74 min: Jason Ryles spills it on the first tackle for the Storm and Manly are out of jail once again.  The Sea Eagles now start their set in great field position.  Score remains Manly 10 Melbourne 8 as we enter the final five minutes of tonight's clash.

    74 min: Jamie Lyon forced back to the in-goal after fielding a high ball and it's yet another line drop-out to come from Manly.

    72 min: Melbourne force another line drop-out through Gareth Widdop.  David Williams is there to clean up but the Storm will have yet another crack.

    72 min: Billy Slater held up over the line and he's blowing up.

    71 min: Anthony Watmough penalised for hands in the play-the-ball and the Storm find touch 30m out from the Manly line.

    69 min: Sisa Waqa gets onto the offload at pace but is unable to hold onto it.  Manly will have the scrum feed 20m out from their own line.

    67 min: Jamie Lyon lifts his personal total to 10 and along with it Manly's.  Manly 10 Melbourne 8.

    66 min: Strip ruled and surely Manly will take the two here.

    Sisa Waqa actually got a hand to that wayward pass and Manly have another set.

    65 min: And Jamie Lyon's pass goes to ground on the first and that's the end of that for Manly.

    64 min: Daly Cherry-Evans may have just come up with a game-changer of his own.  Forget 40-20, that's about a 35-15.  And it comes at the end of a fairly mundane set from the Eagles.  Massive play.

    62 min: Cameron Smith converts and just like that we're all locked up.  Melbourne 8 Manly 8.

    60 min: And we officially have a game on.  Melbourne have finally broken through.  Sisa Waqa starts it off with a tidy run before Gareth Widdop kicks a beauty for Maurice Blair to cross.  Manly 8, Melbourne 6, kick to comn.

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    Score remains Manly 8 Melbourne 2.

    57 min: Manly out of trouble again as they resume on the 20m line.

    54 min: Yet another one to Melbourne.  This time Daly Cherry-Evans is pinged for taking Ryan Hoffman without the ball.  Melbourne have had more than 80 per cent of the ball since the break.

    53 min: Smith makes no mistake and the Storm are on the board.  Manly 8 Melbourne 2.

    52 min: Jamie Buhrer penalised at marker and Melbourne have yet another set in spectacular field position.  And it looks like they're going to take the two points.  Mark of respect from Cameron Smith there.

    51 min: I've put the mockers on poor Peta Hiku who has spilt another high ball on his own line.

    50 min: Score remains Manly 8 Melbourne 0.  A win by more than seven points would see Manly leapfrog the Storm into third place behind Souths and the Roosters.  But there's a long way to go yet.

    49 min: Cooper Cronk grubbers to the in-goal this time before Jorge Taufua fields it and is tackled on the 20m line.  Stellar effort from Manly to hold the Storm out for four consecutive sets.

    47 min: Cameron Smith grubbers into the in-goal and Peta Hiku sends it over the dead-ball line, meaning Melbourne will have yet another crack.  Some stellar defence from Manly to hold the Storm out.

    46 min: Matt Ballin 'charges down' Cronk's kick in what looked to be a sensitive area and Melbourne will have yet another set right on Manly's line.

    Apologies - Cooper Cronk kicked, not Smith.  Complain below.

    45 min: Jorge Taufua leaps high to field Cameron Smith's chip but he's bundled into touch and Melbourne will have yet another opportunity.

    44 min: Manly penalised again.

    43 min: Peta Hiku spills the ball on his own line and this is a golden opportunity for Melbourne to get on the board.

    42 min: Melbourne get the early penalty.

    41 min: Cameron Smith gets things back in action at AAMI Park.

    No injuries to report from the sheds as the teams prepare to make their way out again.  Geoff Toovey spoke about keeping the pressure on Billy Slater with Manly's kick chase as well as holding onto possession while for Craig Bellamy it was all about the three Es - energy, execution and enthusiasm.

    Some middle-of-the-road classic rock for tonight's half-time entertainment (with the usual lame team pun included).  This song was stuck in yours truly's head all day on Saturday, will Craig Bellamy have a similar problem after the second term?

    JAMES POLSON: It's probably too early to call it a full-blown crisis but Melbourne look to be in all sorts of drama as they stare down the barrel of a third-straight loss.  There's been flashes of the usual brilliance from the likes of Cronk and Slater but Cameron Smith has been uncharacteristically quiet, and although they've been able to create the opportunities at Manly's end simple execution has been letting the defending premiers down.  On the Manly front Geoff Toovey won't have too many complaints, although his troops have come up with a few errors of their own.  Melbourne have 40 minutes to turn it around and can take solace from the fact they're well in touch as far as the scoreline goes, but they'll need to improve bigtime as the annual Origin clearout approaches.  We'll be back in a few minutes with tonight's half-time entertainment as well as Steve Mascord's assessment from AAMI Park.  Back soon.

    40 min: Daly Cherry-Evans kicks for the sideline and finds touch as the siren sounds.  Manly 8 Melbourne 0.

    39 min: Handover and Manly should have the final say in this first half.  Score remains Manly 8 Melbourne 0 as the break looms large.

    38 min: Glenn Stewart comes up with a poor pass and Melbourne will have at least one more chance to get on the scoresheet.

    Incredible stat there - Melbourne have not been held scoreless in consecutive first-halves in 12 years.

    37 min: Melbourne get the rub of the green, could this be the leg-up they need to get on the board before the break?

    36 min:  Lagi Setu puts a massive hit on Peta Hiku before Kieran Foran kicks high again. Sisa Waqa is equal to the task.

    35 min: That's better from Cooper Cronk who has fallen just inches short of pulling off a 40-20.

    35 min: Billy Slater puts his body on the line to safely field Daly Cherry-Evans' kick.

    33 min: Junior Moors gets the offload away to Billy Slater on the fourth tackle.  Cooper Cronk kicks again for Sisa Waqa who gets a hand to it but has been ruled to have been in front of the kicker.  The Storm have completed half of their sets tonight and look to be a side unsure of themselves.

    30 min: A forward pass this time from Melbourne but at least they made it to the last tackle.  Daly Cherry-Evans plays the ball 45 out from his own line.  Score remains Manly 8 Melbourne 0.

    That statistic tells the story so far.  Melbourne have seven errors to the Sea Eagles' one.

    29 min: Another error and this time it's George Rose who pounces on it.  Manly back on the attack.

    29 min: Storm back within 10m of the Manly line.

    28 min: Manly penalised for offside.

    26 min: Cooper Cronk elects to dart up the middle on the last but in his way is the none-too-subtle frame of George Rose.  Handover.

    25 min: Another attacking raid comes to nothing for the Storm and on the end of it is another poor kick from Cronk.  Melbourne have been fairly flat so far and NSW fans will be hoping he can come up with a few of these in 16 days' time.

    23 min: Justin Horo has come up with a lovely fend on Cooper Cronk before Kieran Foran is penalised for taking Billy Slater in the air.

    22 min: Jorge Taufua comes up with a good take under pressure and it's Steve Matai taking it up on the first for Manly.  Score remains Manly 8 Melbourne 0.

    20 min: Cooper Cronk's kick sails out to Sisa Waqa's wing but he's put too much juice on it and it's out on the full.

    20 min: A rare error from Kieran Foran there who spills it in the play-the-ball.

    Change for Manly with George Rose into the fray.

    18 min: Melbourne spread wide and start to look dangerous before Hiku, David Williams and Jamie Lyon work together to bundle Mahe Fonua into touch.  Manly scrum feed on their own 10m line.

    One-on-one strip ruled, grounded by the Sea Eagles, and a line drop-out has been ruled.  Line call.

    18 min: Peta Hiku, who I've been talking up like a broken record all year, might have held Norrie up here.  Or it's a knock-on.  Either way, the score will remain Manly 8 Melbourne 0 for now.

    17 min: Bryan Norrie is over for the Storm but the referees have gone upstairs to check a possible obstruction as well as the grounding.  No try the initial call.

    16 min: Sisa Waqa comes up with the kick before dashing away and offloading to Billy Slater.  Melbourne now 20m out.

    15 min: Manly get the penalty a few metres to the good of halfway. 

    12 min:  Big hit on Kevin Proctor from Steve Matai as Manly go on the attack after the turnover.

    9 min: Melbourne get the penalty. Anthony Watmough and Brenton Lawrence pinged for staying in the tackle too long.  Their first misstep tonight.

    7 min: Jamie Lyon converts his own try to put his own tally for the night ahead of the clock.  Manly 8 Melbourne 0.  Great start from the Sea Eagles, who of course went down to the Roosters in last Monday's clash.

    7 min: Manly captain Jamie Lyon has pounced on a loose ball to score in the corner after David Williams knocks the Daly Cherry-Evans kick back into his hands.  Manly 6 Melbourne 0, kick to come.

    6 min: Manly back within striking distance again.  They've certainly had the better of these opening stages.

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    4 min: Billy Slater under no pressure to field that Manly kick although the Eagles did make nearly 70m with that set.

    Regular readers of the blog will know I'm a Manly fan but this is a bit of history as well.  SMH photographer Dallas Kilponen tweeted this earlier:

    3 min: Lyon successful and Manly lead 2-0.

    2 min: Kieran Foran makes the bust for Manly and the Eagles have a penalty barely 10m out from the Storm line.  Looks like they'll take the easy two points in what should be a tight match.

    1 min: Under way at AAMI PArk as Melbourne kick early through Cameron Smith in their first set.

    Jamie Lyon is leading the Sea Eagles onto AAMI Park.

    The Sea Eagles, who as I alluded to have won just two of their last 10 away matches against the Storm, remain as per program while for Melbourne Maurice Blair and Ryan Hinchcliffe come into the side at the expense of Will Chambers and Tohu Harris.

    JAMES POLSON: Welcome to tonight's live coverage as the Melbourne Storm host the Manly Sea Eagles.  A strange scenario here as the reigning premiers face the prospect of three straight losses, but despite this being one of the game's great rivalries in recent years Victoria hasn't always been a happy hunting ground for Geoff Toovey's men.  We'll be back in a few minutes for kick-off and any last-minute team changes.

    AAMI Park, Melbourne, Monday 7.30pm (AEST)
    Last meeting:
    Preliminary Final 2012 - Storm 40 bt Sea Eagles 12 at AAMI Park
    Head-to-head: Storm 13 Sea Eagles 10
    Referees: Shayne Hayne, Matt Cecchin
    TV: Live FosxSports 1
    TAB Sportsbet:
    Storm $1.40 Sea Eagles $3.00 Draw $26.00
    FootyTab: Sea Eagles +6.5

    Phil Mitchell writes: In the early 1980s the Manly and Parramatta rivalry was so fierce it was the subject of a television commercial. Now it’s Melbourne who have superseded Parramatta as the team Manly love to hate more than any other. The Sea Eagles and the Storm have been the NRL’s most dominant teams of the past seven years, and their rivalry reached flashpoint in 2011 during the infamous “Donnybrookvale” clash. Manly have won only two of their past 10 matches in Melbourne and on their most recent visit to AAMI Park produced their worst performance in a decade when thrashed 40-12 in the qualifying final last season.

    It’s difficult to go past another Storm victory, even though they’ve suffered successive losses to Penrith and Canberra.

    Phil's tip: Storm by 10

    AAP writes: Melbourne were on the wrong end of one of Craig Bellamy’s infamous sprays last week after going down to lowly Penrith. The Storm have lost their last two and looked tired against the Panthers after racking up the air miles in the first two months of the season. Manly also struggled against the Sydney Roosters last week and looked lost in attack without the injured Brett Stewart.

    Key: Part of the Storm’s greatness is their ability to get themselves out of a rut - they will need their big-three to be in top form to win this one.

    STORM: Billy Slater, Sisa Waqa, Will Chambers, Justin O’Neill, Mahe Fonua, Gareth Widdop, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith (capt), Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Ryan Hoffman, Tohu Harris. Interchange: Jason Ryles, Junior Moors, Maurice Blair, Slade Griffin, Lagi Setu (one to be omitted).

    SEA EAGLES: Peta Hiku, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon (capt), Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Brenton Lawrence, Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Justin Horo, Glenn Stewart. Interchange: David Gower, Tom Symonds, Jamie Buhrer, George Rose, James Hasson (one to be omitted).

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    • Did Manly not use four interchange players last night?

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      jameshall2093
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      May 21, 2013, 4:15PM
    • I couldn't agree with you more RTP. A draw is a draw 2 points each. Simple - over and out.

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      smudge452
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      May 20, 2013, 9:25PM
    • This should put an end to the farcical golden point decider, yet another recent blot on the game. If two teams are locked together at the end of 80 minutes it's a DRAW and they get one point each for their efforts. Anything else is a contrived result and contrary to the spirit of the game.

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      RTP.
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      Sawtell
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      May 20, 2013, 9:14PM
      • I stand corrected RTP - 1 point each.

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        smudge452
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        May 20, 2013, 9:28PM
    • Even with a 10s TV delay still arguable the most interesting game of the season (tactically) so far that we've seen over here

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      sapling
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      May 20, 2013, 9:10PM
    • Mat Ballin - 62 tackles ! Incredible

      Commenter
      noteat
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      May 20, 2013, 9:08PM
    • Pressure football. How is it in the coaches box?

      Commenter
      smudge452
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      May 20, 2013, 8:52PM
    • I'm on the edge of my seat give me some good news James.

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      smudge452
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      May 20, 2013, 8:47PM
    • Storm back in the mix leveling up with more to follow.

      Commenter
      smudge452
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      Date and time
      May 20, 2013, 8:30PM
    • Enjoying James Polson running commentary, only wish Ch9 would televise in Melbourne.

      Commenter
      smudge452
      Location
      Date and time
      May 20, 2013, 8:19PM
    • Melb Storm are certainly in a slump at present. Maybe as supporters we are expecting too much of the team.

      Commenter
      smudge452
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      Date and time
      May 20, 2013, 8:17PM
    • NSW might have some hope after all! Storm in a major slump. Good to see.

      Commenter
      bluey
      Location
      nsw
      Date and time
      May 20, 2013, 7:43PM
      • Get outa here Bluey.. Never good to see any team in a slump unless they deserving and Storm are not in that category.

        Commenter
        smudge452
        Location
        Date and time
        May 20, 2013, 8:33PM
      • Hey Smudge, what a boring predictable game if teams never had an 'off' period. Obviously being a blues man, now couldn't be a better time for Storm.

        Commenter
        bluey
        Location
        nsw
        Date and time
        May 20, 2013, 8:41PM
    • Melbourne look like they're suffering a mid-season GF hangover. No legit NRL premiership winner has made the GF the next year since the Chooks in 2003

      Commenter
      Sinbad Gordon
      Location
      Date and time
      May 20, 2013, 7:30PM

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