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NRL Premiership, Sunday, 4 August 2013 - Round 21 - GIO Stadium

Time
80.00
Team
Canberra
Score
4
Team
Melbourne
Score
68
Canberra versus Melbourne
Players Milford (7min) Tries 1 Tries 12 Players Waqa (4min, 66min, 76min), Fonua (15min, 31min, 42min), Chambers (22min, 49min), Slater (35min, 55min), Proctor (40min), Harris (61min)
Players Croker 0/1 (0%) Conversions 0 Conversions 10 Players Smith 10/12 (83%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players Smith 0/1 (0%)

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Statistics

Match Statistics
CanberraMelbourne

1 Anthony Milford

Try
1

1 Billy Slater

Try
2

2 Reece Robinson

2 Sisa Waqa

Try
3

3 Jarrod Croker

3 Will Chambers

Try
2

4 Jack Wighton

4 Maurice Blair

Substitution Off
1

5 Sandor Earl

5 Mahe Fonua

Try
3

6 Terry Campese

6 Brett Finch

7 Josh McCrone

7 Cooper Cronk

Substitution Off
1

8 David Shillington

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

8 Jesse Bromwich

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

9 Glen Buttriss

Substitution Off
1

9 Cameron Smith

Conversion
10

10 Brett White

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

10 Bryan Norrie

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

11 Josh Papalii

11 Kevin Proctor

Try
1
Substitution Off
1

12 Joel Edwards

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

12 Ryan Hoffman

13 Shaun Fensom

Substitution Off
1

13 Ryan Hinchcliffe

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1
Match Statistics
Canberra Interchange Melbourne Interchange

Joel Thompson

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Jason Ryles

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Dane Tilse

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Tohu Harris

Try
1
Substitution On
1

Shaun Berrigan

Substitution On
1

Kenny Bromwich

Substitution On
1

Paul Vaughan

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Jordan McLean

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Canberra vs Melbourne

  • Possession

    Canberra 39%
    39% 61%
    Melbourne 61%
  • Sets

    Canberra 27
    40% 60%
    Melbourne 41
  • Completed sets

    Canberra 20
    34% 66%
    Melbourne 38
  • Completion rate

    Canberra 74%
    44% 56%
    Melbourne 93%
  • Tackles

    Canberra 349
    58% 42%
    Melbourne 254
  • Total runs

    Canberra 117
    40% 60%
    Melbourne 176
  • Total run metres

    Canberra 962m
    36% 64%
    Melbourne 1720m
  • Hit-ups

    Canberra 50
    41% 59%
    Melbourne 71
  • Line breaks

    Canberra 5
    33% 67%
    Melbourne 10
  • Offloads

    Canberra 7
    35% 65%
    Melbourne 13
  • Kicks

    Canberra 12
    35% 65%
    Melbourne 22
  • 40-20 kicks

    Canberra 0
    0% 100%
    Melbourne 1
  • Kick metres

    Canberra 296m
    34% 66%
    Melbourne 578m
  • Penalties

    Canberra 7
    50% 50%
    Melbourne 7
  • Scrums

    Canberra 3
    33% 67%
    Melbourne 6
  • Missed tackles

    Canberra 31
    55% 45%
    Melbourne 25
  • Errors

    Canberra 10
    71% 29%
    Melbourne 4
  • | |
    Canberra statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Anthony Milford Fullback 80 15 120 1 3 3 0 0 0 0
    Reece Robinson Winger 1 80 8 80 1 6 1 0 0 0 0
    Jarrod Croker Centre 1 80 9 87 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Wighton Centre 2 80 9 96 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
    Sandor Earl Winger 2 80 3 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Terry Campese Five-eighth 80 3 21 1 1 0 0 0 5 80
    Josh McCrone Halfback 80 5 36 0 1 0 2 0 5 162
    David Shillington Prop 1 51 6 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Glen Buttriss Hooker 52 3 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett White Prop 2 41 6 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Papalii 2nd Row 1 80 11 97 0 3 0 0 0 1 15
    Joel Edwards 2nd Row 2 49 8 45 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Shaun Fensom Lock 64 8 66 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Thompson Interchange 35 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dane Tilse Interchange 39 9 66 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Shaun Berrigan Interchange 28 3 20 0 1 0 0 0 1 39
    Paul Vaughan Interchange 41 10 93 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Canberra statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Anthony Milford Fullback 80 3 3 0 1 1
    Reece Robinson Winger 1 80 8 2 2 0 0
    Jarrod Croker Centre 1 80 22 4 2 0 2
    Jack Wighton Centre 2 80 19 1 1 0 0
    Sandor Earl Winger 2 80 6 2 2 0 2
    Terry Campese Five-eighth 80 16 5 1 1 0
    Josh McCrone Halfback 80 15 6 4 1 1
    David Shillington Prop 1 51 31 1 0 0 0
    Glen Buttriss Hooker 52 27 1 1 0 0
    Brett White Prop 2 41 28 1 1 1 0
    Josh Papalii 2nd Row 1 80 27 1 1 1 1
    Joel Edwards 2nd Row 2 49 21 1 1 0 0
    Shaun Fensom Lock 64 45 2 2 1 1
    Joel Thompson Interchange 35 16 1 1 0 0
    Dane Tilse Interchange 39 25 0 1 0 1
    Shaun Berrigan Interchange 28 19 0 0 0 1
    Paul Vaughan Interchange 41 21 0 1 1 0
    Melbourne statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Billy Slater Fullback 80 17 192 1 11 4 0 0 0 0
    Sisa Waqa Winger 1 80 10 113 2 4 3 0 0 0 0
    Will Chambers Centre 1 80 17 250 2 3 0 1 1 0 0
    Maurice Blair Centre 2 12 2 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mahe Fonua Winger 2 80 13 113 1 5 1 0 1 0 0
    Brett Finch Five-eighth 80 6 42 3 0 0 3 2 2 29
    Cooper Cronk Halfback 67 5 36 0 0 0 1 1 13 341
    Jesse Bromwich Prop 1 36 11 91 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cameron Smith Hooker 80 9 73 0 2 0 1 1 6 188
    Bryan Norrie Prop 2 48 11 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Proctor 2nd Row 1 72 11 112 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row 2 80 16 127 2 2 0 0 0 1 20
    Ryan Hinchcliffe Lock 63 8 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Ryles Interchange 40 11 112 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tohu Harris Interchange 68 12 122 1 2 1 1 1 0 0
    Kenny Bromwich Interchange 30 8 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan McLean Interchange 44 9 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Melbourne statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Billy Slater Fullback 80 9 0 0 1 0
    Sisa Waqa Winger 1 80 8 2 0 0 0
    Will Chambers Centre 1 80 10 2 0 0 0
    Maurice Blair Centre 2 12 4 0 0 0 0
    Mahe Fonua Winger 2 80 4 2 0 0 2
    Brett Finch Five-eighth 80 14 5 1 2 1
    Cooper Cronk Halfback 67 10 2 0 0 0
    Jesse Bromwich Prop 1 36 12 0 1 0 0
    Cameron Smith Hooker 80 24 2 1 0 0
    Bryan Norrie Prop 2 48 18 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Proctor 2nd Row 1 72 21 2 1 0 1
    Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row 2 80 25 0 0 2 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe Lock 63 31 2 1 1 0
    Jason Ryles Interchange 40 14 0 3 1 0
    Tohu Harris Interchange 68 19 4 2 0 0
    Kenny Bromwich Interchange 30 17 2 2 0 0
    Jordan McLean Interchange 44 14 0 2 0 0

    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Shaun Fensom 45
    Runs
    Player name Billy Slater 17
    Line Breaks
    Player name Billy Slater 4
    Offloads
    Player name Brett Finch 3

    Match Details

    Start time:
    2:00pm
    Weather:
    Fine
    Surface:
    Good
    Referees:
    Jared Maxwell, Gavin Morris
    Touch Judges:
    Paul Holland, Brett Suttor
    Video Ref:
    Jason Robinson
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    Live: Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm

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    Join us for all the action from Canberra Stadium where the Raiders will try to extend their home winning streak to 13 games against Melbourne Storm.

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    Fulltime: Finally, the misery is over. On a remarkable afternoon at Canberra Stadium, the Storm have belted a woeful Canberra Raiders 68-4. It's the Storm's equal biggest ever winning margin in its history, and the Raiders biggest ever loss. The Storm are now firmly back as a premiership contender, while the Raiders must somehow get off the canvas for Saturday night's clash with the ladder leading Sydney Roosters.

    76min: Some of the worst defence you'll ever see from the Raiders. They've well and truly thrown in the towel as Waqa cruises over past a handful of defenders for yet another four-pointer. Smith converts. Storm 68; Raiders 4

    73min: The Raiders have been absolutely hopeless today, but the Storm are showing why they can't be written off as premiership contenders. Even now they're attacking at every opportunity. There's another try or two on offer in the final six minutes.

    66min: TRY: Embarrasing, pathetic, hopeless - load up any adjectives to describe the Raiders' performance. Sisa Waqa gets through some ordinary defence in a simple backline move. This is now the Raiders' greatest ever loss, the previous was 54-3 in their inaugural season in 1982. Smith converts. Storm 62; Raiders 4

    61min: TRY: This is the stuff of nightmares. Turnstile defence from Jarrod Croker, gets an arm on Tohu Harris but gets swung round like he's on a vomitron and gets spun off. Harris strolls over to score. Smith converts. Storm 56; Raiders 4

    55min: TRY: As I'm asked if there's a mercy rule, Slater dives under the posts for another easy try for the red-hot Storm. Full-time can't come quick enough for the hapless Raiders. Smith converts to bring up the half century. Storm 50; Raiders 4

    49min: Cam Smith converts to extend the lead to 40 points. That equals the Storm's greatest winning margin ... and we've still got half an hour to go! Storm 44; Raiders 4

    48min: TRY: Turn away Raiders fans - Will Chambers grabs an intercept and sprints 85m to continue the Storm on its memorable afternoon. Absolutely nothing going right for the Raiders as an ambitious cut-out pass rubs in more pain. Storm 42; Raiders 4 KTC

    44min: The wheels are well and truly off the Raiders. They're now driving a beaten-up Kingswood with a few hundred thousand k's on the clock after kicking out on the full from the restart. Dear oh dear.

    44min: Cam Smith converts. Storm 38; Raiders 4

    42min: The Storm are in again, and guess who? Of course it's magic Mahe. He'll get the prize for best late inclusion ever with his hat-trick. Give that one to Brett Finch, running at the line and throwing a great ball to his winger. Storm 36; Raiders 4 KTC

    Here we go for the second half. Raiders fans can look away now - the biggest losing margin of 51 points set way back in 1982 is in danger. It's currently at 28 at the break. As for the Storm, they're biggest win is 40 points.

    Good news for Maurice Blair. He won't be back for the second half, but it's been reported the Storm centre hasn't been seriously hurt with that neck injury.

    Halftime: Should be an paint stripping off the walls sort of halftime talk from Raiders coach David Furner after that first 40 minutes. What do you say when your side trails 32-4 at the break? Mahe Fonua has been massive from the Storm, as has the big three of Cronk, Slater and Smith.

    39min: TRY: Kevin Proctor scores and now it's an absolute belting! The Sideshow Bob lookalike gladly receives a great offload from former Raider Brett Finch close to the line. Raiders should have done better to wrap Finch up. Storm 30; Raiders 4 KTC

    36min: Smith draws it back in nicely to nail the conversion. Storm 26; Raiders 4

    35min: TRY: The Canberra Raiders will require a comeback of massive proportions to get back into this one. Soft goal-line defence as Slater burrows his way over from dummy-half for his 150th try of his career. Storm 24; Raiders 4 KTC

    33min: Cam Smith misses the sideline conversion. Storm 20; Raiders 4

    32min: TRY: And it's that man Mahe Fonua again, with a touch of Cooper Cronk brilliance thrown in. Fantastic vision by Cronk to spot the left-wing open and puts in a kick over the top for Fonua to pounce on. Storm 20; Raiders 4 KTC

    31min: Call him magic Mahe! Fonua is having an absolute blinder, takes a screamer of a catch to defuse a high bomb from Campese directed for Sandor Earl.

    25min: No, no, no, no, no! Beautiful play from McCrone to Wighton, and a lovely in and away from Wighton sets up Sandor Earl on the wing. But Earl's foot just goes into touch courtesy of desperate defence from Fonua. He's having a blinder.

    23min: Cam Smith nails the conversion from the sideline. Storm 16; Raiders 6

    22min: Take a bow, Mahe Fonua! In scenes going back to Greg Inglis's famous leap for the Kangaroos a few years ago to set up a try, Fonua grabs the ball in mid-air and flings it back over his head with Anthony Milford watching on. Will Chambers graciously accepts the easiest try he'll ever score. Storm 14; Raiders 6 KTC

    20min: We've got a possible Raiders try and a second to Anthony Milford. Doesn't look like one on the replays, as Croker has knocked it on before Milford touches down. NO TRY

    19min: That's a crazy sequence of events as the Raiders end up on the attack. McCrone's kick is snapped up by Brett Finch, who gives to Slater and then Fonua, who loses control and gifts possession back to the Raiders.

    15min: TRY: Cronk's kick to the right wing is batted back and kept alive, before being swung to the left. It ends up the hands of the powerfully-built Fonua, who uses his tree trunk like legs to barge past three Raiders defenders and plant the ball down. Smith misses the conversion. Storm 10; Raiders 4

    13min: A quick reshuffle from the Melbourne Storm with Blair off the field. Will Chambers moves to left centre and Tohu Harris goes to right centre.

    12min: A lot of time being taken with the care of Maurice Blair and rightly so. Very sad to see him leave the ground on the medicab.

    12min: Geez, that's a really ugly neck injury to Storm centre Maurice Blair. A lot of concern by officials as Blair's body contorts in hitting the ground in a tackle from Sandor Earl and Jack Wighton. Nothing illegal in the tackle, just one of those very unfortunate ones. The medicab is on and we've got a delay in the game.

    11min: An absolute mess there on the last tackle. I'm not sure how the Storm got out of that one without conceding again. They survive a dangerous Campese bomb. Storm 6; Raiders 4

    7min: TRY: What you can do, we can do better! This was all Anthony Milford, the livewire fullback finding touch from the kick-off before slicing his way through the defence. No wonder he's in demand from the Brisbane Broncos. Croker misses the conversion. Storm 6; Raiders 4

    6min: Cam Smith slots the conversion. Storm 6; Raiders 0

    5min: TRY: A mountain of pressure pays off for the Storm as Sisa Waqa opens the scoring. After the Storm got their fourth set on the Raiders line after Jarrod Croker's knock-down off a Slater pass, a simple switch to the right results in the Fijian finding a bit of space. Storm 4; Raiders 0

    2min: It's Melbourne's first set and we're going upstairs for a video referee decision. Cam Smith launches a cross-field kick, which Raiders winger Sandor Earl and Mahe Fonua contest in the air. Fonua looks like he's fumbled the ball into Earl, but Maurice Blair gets his hands on it. And it's NO TRY! The original decision by the on-field referee is upheld. The Raiders ruled to have stole the ball one on one and it's a Storm scrum 10m out.

    We're away, with David Shillington taking the first hit-up for the Raiders.

    Brett White goes into the starting side for the Raiders up against his old side. That moves the giraffe, Dane Tilse, back as an interchange weapon off the bench.

    Send me your thoughts during the game on Twitter: @Lee_Gaskin1 and I'll try and get the best ones up on the blog.

    Warm-ups are all done and we're only a few minutes away from kick-off. The Raiders are massive underdogs despite winning their past 12 games at Canberra Stadium. Could have something to do with an angry Melbourne Storm aiming to get their season back on track. The Storm also have a great record in Canberra, having won 10 of their past 11 in the national capital. My tip: Storm by 10.

    NSW State of Origin star Blake Ferguson is likely to make his Raiders comeback in next Saturday's massive clash with the ladder-leading Sydney Roosters. Ferguson turned out in the NSW Cup for the second straight week yesterday.

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/match-fitness-fergusons-final-hurdle-20130803-2r67m.html

    The Raiders face the most difficult run into the finals, with five of the top six teams in the competition and the unpredictable New Zealand Warriors in Auckland in the way. Here's what the Raiders make of their tough draw.

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/furners-men-to-test-credentials-20130803-2r67l.html

    The perfect start for the Raiders, with their under-20s moving three points clear at the top of the National Youth Competition ladder with a 46-22 thumping of the Melbourne Storm. Jack Ahearn had a blinder and winger Jonathon Reuben scored a double, including a sensational 95m effort. The Storm have now lost five straight games, but remain eighth on the ladder.

    A big boost for the Raiders, with centre Jack Wighton returning from a groin injury for his first game since round 16. Joel Thompson moves to the interchange bench and Jarrad Kennedy is omitted.

    Three changes for the Melbourne Storm for today's game. Mahe Fonua in No 20 replaces Justin O'Neill on the wing, and Kenny Bromwich (number 18) and Jordan McLean (number 19) replace Siosaia Vave and Slade Griffin on the bench.

    Canberra v Melbourne Storm at Canberra Stadium, 2pm

    Head to Head: Raiders 9 Storm 23

    Last clash: Round 8 2013 - Raiders 24 bt Storm 20 at AAMI Park

    Playing at their fortress, the Raiders will fancy their chances of continuing the premiers’ post-Origin blues with a 13th straight win in the national capital. With three wins on the trot, the seventh-placed Raiders are travelling so comfortably that coach David Furner has resisted the temptation to rush backline star Blake Ferguson back from exile.

    Ferguson scored for Mounties in the NSW Cup in his first match since being suspended by the NRL for his costly late-night drinking session before Origin II. He still may get a late call-up, but the Raiders may not need him to conquer the Storm, who have lost their past two games to slip to fourth.

    Key: Canberra’s home record this season is as intimidating as the NRL has to offer, but the Storm are used to chilly weather and will be desperate to reverse their run of outs.

    Tip: Storm