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NRL Premiership, Friday, 16 May 2014 - Round 10 - ANZ Stadium

Time
80.00
Team
South Sydney
Score
14
Team
Melbourne
Score
27
South Sydney versus Melbourne
Players Johnston (31min, 50min), Reynolds (43min) Tries 3 Tries 4 Players Slater (4min, 55min), Cronk (24min), Waqa (40min)
Players Reynolds 1/3 (33%) Conversions 1 Conversions 4 Players Smith 4/4 (100%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 1 Players Smith 1/1 (100%)
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 1 Players Cronk 1/2 (50%)

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Statistics

Match Statistics
South SydneyMelbourne

1 Greg Inglis

1 Billy Slater

Try
2

2 Alex Johnston

Try
2

2 Sisa Waqa

Try
1

3 Dylan Walker

3 Will Chambers

4 Kirisome Auva'a

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

4 Kurt Mann

5 Bryson Goodwin

5 Young Tonumaipea

6 John Sutton

6 Cameron Smith

Conversion
4
Penalty Goal
1

7 Adam Reynolds

Try
1
Conversion
1

7 Cooper Cronk

Try
1
Field Goal
1

8 George Burgess

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

8 Jesse Bromwich

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

9 Apisai Koroisau

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

9 Ryan Hinchcliffe

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

10 David Tyrrell

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

10 Bryan Norrie

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

11 Kyle Turner

Substitution Off
1

11 Kevin Proctor

Substitution Off
1

12 Ben Te'o

12 Ryan Hoffman

13 Sam Burgess

13 Tohu Harris

Match Statistics
South Sydney Interchange Melbourne Interchange

Cameron McInnes

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Joel Romelo

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Jason Clark

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Kenny Bromwich

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Chris McQueen

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Dayne Weston

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Luke Burgess

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

George Rose

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

South Sydney vs Melbourne

  • Possession

    South Sydney 42%
    42% 58%
    Melbourne 58%
  • Sets

    South Sydney 36
    49% 51%
    Melbourne 38
  • Completed sets

    South Sydney 27
    45% 55%
    Melbourne 33
  • Completion rate

    South Sydney 75%
    46% 54%
    Melbourne 87%
  • Tackles

    South Sydney 329
    54% 46%
    Melbourne 275
  • Total runs

    South Sydney 133
    44% 56%
    Melbourne 170
  • Total run metres

    South Sydney 1238m
    45% 55%
    Melbourne 1511m
  • Hit-ups

    South Sydney 47
    41% 59%
    Melbourne 67
  • Line breaks

    South Sydney 4
    44% 56%
    Melbourne 5
  • Offloads

    South Sydney 11
    35% 65%
    Melbourne 20
  • Kicks

    South Sydney 15
    37% 63%
    Melbourne 26
  • 40-20 kicks

    South Sydney 0
    50% 50%
    Melbourne 0
  • Kick metres

    South Sydney 430m
    41% 59%
    Melbourne 614m
  • Penalties

    South Sydney 9
    60% 40%
    Melbourne 6
  • Scrums

    South Sydney 6
    67% 33%
    Melbourne 3
  • Missed tackles

    South Sydney 20
    50% 50%
    Melbourne 20
  • Errors

    South Sydney 12
    63% 37%
    Melbourne 7
  • | |
    South Sydney statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Greg Inglis Fullback 80 11 138 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Johnston Winger 1 80 7 83 1 4 3 0 0 0 0
    Dylan Walker Centre 1 80 10 97 2 2 0 3 2 0 0
    Kirisome Auva'a Centre 2 69 6 64 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Bryson Goodwin Winger 2 80 13 113 0 2 0 0 0 1 25
    John Sutton Five-eighth 80 12 122 2 3 0 1 1 3 72
    Adam Reynolds Halfback 80 4 48 0 2 1 0 0 11 333
    George Burgess Prop 1 54 14 142 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Apisai Koroisau Hooker 43 3 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Tyrrell Prop 2 37 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Turner 2nd Row 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Te'o 2nd Row 2 80 11 91 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Burgess Lock 80 16 130 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cameron McInnes Interchange 37 2 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Clark Interchange 50 6 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris McQueen Interchange 60 6 55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Burgess Interchange 39 9 64 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    South Sydney statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Greg Inglis Fullback 80 5 3 0 0 1
    Alex Johnston Winger 1 80 6 0 3 0 0
    Dylan Walker Centre 1 80 10 1 3 0 0
    Kirisome Auva'a Centre 2 69 14 3 2 0 0
    Bryson Goodwin Winger 2 80 4 1 1 1 2
    John Sutton Five-eighth 80 17 4 2 1 0
    Adam Reynolds Halfback 80 20 0 2 0 2
    George Burgess Prop 1 54 33 2 1 0 2
    Apisai Koroisau Hooker 43 36 1 2 0 2
    David Tyrrell Prop 2 37 19 0 2 0 0
    Kyle Turner 2nd Row 1 11 8 0 1 0 0
    Ben Te'o 2nd Row 2 80 31 2 5 3 0
    Sam Burgess Lock 80 38 1 2 0 1
    Cameron McInnes Interchange 37 21 0 4 0 1
    Jason Clark Interchange 50 24 1 5 0 0
    Chris McQueen Interchange 60 20 1 3 1 0
    Luke Burgess Interchange 39 23 0 2 0 1
    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 16 173 2 5 2 0 0 1 8
    Sisa Waqa Winger 1 80 12 112 2 2 1 1 2 1 11
    Will Chambers Centre 1 80 15 102 2 3 0 1 1 0 0
    Kurt Mann Centre 2 80 9 78 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Young Tonumaipea Winger 2 80 13 176 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
    Cameron Smith Five-eighth 80 6 52 3 0 0 0 0 7 209
    Cooper Cronk Halfback 80 5 37 0 2 1 0 1 16 364
    Jesse Bromwich Prop 1 59 17 159 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe Hooker 61 9 67 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Bryan Norrie Prop 2 40 13 107 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Proctor 2nd Row 1 73 8 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row 2 80 14 105 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tohu Harris Lock 80 11 97 1 0 0 0 0 1 22
    Joel Romelo Interchange 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kenny Bromwich Interchange 37 12 93 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dayne Weston Interchange 15 4 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Rose Interchange 26 6 56 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Melbourne statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Billy Slater Fullback 80 5 1 1 1 1
    Sisa Waqa Winger 1 80 6 0 0 1 2
    Will Chambers Centre 1 80 16 1 0 0 0
    Kurt Mann Centre 2 80 12 3 1 0 0
    Young Tonumaipea Winger 2 80 3 2 0 0 1
    Cameron Smith Five-eighth 80 36 3 1 1 1
    Cooper Cronk Halfback 80 11 2 1 0 0
    Jesse Bromwich Prop 1 59 23 2 2 1 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe Hooker 61 30 1 1 2 0
    Bryan Norrie Prop 2 40 18 1 0 1 0
    Kevin Proctor 2nd Row 1 73 32 2 1 0 1
    Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row 2 80 18 0 1 0 1
    Tohu Harris Lock 80 21 2 1 0 0
    Joel Romelo Interchange 9 0 0 0 0 0
    Kenny Bromwich Interchange 37 22 0 2 0 0
    Dayne Weston Interchange 15 9 0 0 2 0
    George Rose Interchange 26 13 0 1 0 0

    Latest Comments

    • Another "blockbuster"? Really. Ho hum

      rbb | May 16, 2014, 7:48PM
    • I can't believe how soft the South Sydney forward pack is

      Ziggy Squadrito | May 16, 2014, 8:12PM
    • Very perceptive comment mate. The Burgess brothers are equal parts match winners and equal parts gronks.

      22 Magnum | May 16, 2014, 10:21PM
    • Geez,Dunno what to make of Souths. If they can't make GF this year I am not sure if they ever will. They lose Sam and Teoh after this year.Honestly after all is said and done the Pride of the League ...

      22 Magnum | May 16, 2014, 10:19PM
    • How many teams come back from a mistake from the kick off. George Burgess and at times Sam have terrible carrying skills, they have caused Souths as much grief as they have joy. It's OK to be a hit ...

      RTP | May 16, 2014, 8:46PM

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    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Sam Burgess 38
    Runs
    Player name Jesse Bromwich 17
    Line Breaks
    Player name Alex Johnston 3
    Offloads
    Player name Sam Burgess 3

    Match Details

    Start time:
    7:40pm
    Weather:
    Fine
    Surface:
    Good
    Referees:
    Gerard Sutton, Gavin Reynolds
    Touch Judges:
    Nick Beashel, Jason Walsh
    Video Ref:
    Steve Chiddy
    Live

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    South Sydney Rabbitohs v Melbourne Storm

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    Andrew Sonter

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    Billy Slater collects the TV man of the match after another great display. His other big-three mates Cronk and Smith wouldn't have been far behind.

    That's all for tonight. Catch you next time

    MELBOURNE 27 (B Slater 2 C Cronk S Waqa tries C Smith 5 goals C Cronk field goal) bt SOUTH SYDNEY 14 (A Johnston 2 A Reynolds tries A Reynolds goal) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Gerard Sutton, Gavin Reynolds. Crowd: 18,508.

    Souths were great for the 20 mins after half-time tonight, and looked like absolute world beaters. Unfortunately the other 60 mins were pretty ordinary.

    The Storm were consistent, as always, and their big guns were great again. That's a handy win for Melbourne with Origin just around the corner.

    It's full-time. Melbourne 27 Souths 14.

    After a disappointing start to the season, Melbourne send a signal to the rest of the competition that they're not gone just yet. 

    3 mins to go and it's Melbourne 27 Souths 14.

    Souths get the ball back from the kick-off and George Burgess rumbles 40 metres right up the middle of the park ... and loses the ball in the tackle, just 10 metres out from the Storm try line.

    73rd min: Cronk drop goal. Clinical, professional and the Storm should get home now.

    Melbourne 27 Souths 14

    Tonumaipea goes straight through the Souths defence from a 20-metre tap and Bryan Norrie (of all people) goes very close to scoring. The ref sends it upstairs ... no try. How did he not score? It would have been easier to score. 

    71st min: Cronk hits the post with a shot at field goal. That would have just about sealed it. Rabbits still alive.

    Craig Bellamy, in his 300th game as a coach, is like a caged lion stalking around the Storm coaching box. Must be fun up there with him. 300 games will send anyone mad.

    The Rabbits don't have a great record in big games in recent years, so they'll be desperate to pull this out of the fire. But you've just got the feeling Melbourne will be too consistent. 13 mins to go, it's still 26-14 to Melbourne.

    56th min: Slater scores for Melbourne, but there's a hint of obstruction. Video ref says it's OK. Smith converts from a handy position and that's put a halt to the Rabbitoh's momentum. They'd had 75% of possession in the second half up to that point.

    Melbourne 26 Souths 14

    George Burgess goes very close, in fact he runs into the posts - and they're still rocking.

    Another penalty to Souths. And Smith is blowing up a treat. Souths on the attack again. There's only one team on the field at the moment.

    50th min: And the Bunnies capitalise. Dylan Walker gets on the outside of his man to put Johnston over for his second try. The young winger still had plenty of work to do too. That's 5 tries in just his 4th game. Reynolds hits the post from the touchline.

    Melbourne 20 Souths 14

    The Bunnies are down to just 2 players on the bench at the moment, with Turner still off and Auva'a being assessed. There's a fair chance they'll finish the game like that too. Penalty Souths, and they're coming for Melbourne!

    Melbourne go very close to scoring after a Cronk cross-field bomb hits the deck and Kevin Proctor nearly dives on the loose ball.

    Sutton nearly goes through again from the kick-off. He set up the try with a big left foot step.

    43rd min: Maybe there is hope for NSW! If they pick Sutton and Reynolds in the halves because Sutton has put Reynolds over under the posts, and the Rabbits are back. Reynolds converts.

    Melbourne 20 Souths 10

    Inglis has KO'd Auva'a while defusing a bomb, and the youngster is escorted from the field for a concussion test. You don't need a doctor to tell you he's in trouble.

    We're back for the second half. Given Melbourne's preference for close finishes, the Bunnies should storm back into this.

    Melbourne had 65% of the ball in the first half and Souths made 168 tackles to the Storm's 106. There's your match right there.

    Melbourne's forwards have been great, but it's Smith and Cronk who are directing traffic yet again. Given how well Johnathan Thurston played last weekend, there are ominous signs (again) for NSW in Origin.

    That's half-time. The Storm have done what they do well: create pressure with controlled, mistake-free football, and Souths had few answers.

    Melbourne 20 Souths 4

    40th min: And the Storm do get reward for their dominance with a try in the final seconds of the half. Good hands find Waqa who goes over in the corner. The ref goes upstairs to check the grounding, and possibly a shoulder charge after the try from Inglis. It's a try and Inglis gets a caution, but he's not on report. Smith converts from touch.

    Storm 20 Rabbitohs 4

    The Rabbitohs will probably be happy with 14-4, given how they've played. They're still in it with a few minutes to the break.

    31st min: The Bunnies bounce back. Second-man play to Greg Inglis out the back and Alex Johnston beats Slater to score in the corner. The ref goes upstairs to check for obstruction but it's a try. Reynolds' conversion attempt is a shocker from touch.

    Storm 14 Rabbits 4

    The Bunnies kick it dead from the kick-off. And Melbourne march it up the field and narrowly miss another opportunity to score.

    24th min: And the Storm are in again. They go wide to the right before Cronk takes an inside pass from Sisa Waqa and dives between a gang of Souths defenders to score. The Storm are up for it and the Bunnies look shellshocked.

    Smith converts from near touch.

    Storm 14 Rabbitohs 0

    Penalty for a high tackle on Ryan Hoffman - and he might have scored otherwise. The Storm's big names are really up for this.

    The Rabbits make another mistake in their own territory. They're making life tough for themselves. Storm on the attack again.

    18th min: Penalty to the Storm right in front. And Smith knocks it over.

    Storm 8 Rabbits 0

    Cronk forces a drop out - and the pressure continues. The outsiders are looking good early.

    13th min: Slater misses another try by inches after he grubbers ahead for himself, and the Storm are mounting plenty of pressure.

    Young Souths player Kyle Turner has gone up the tunnel with injury, looks to be a concussion test.

    Both sides willing to move the ball early, and the surface looks pretty dry and fast. This game has all the signs of being a ripper. Still 6-0 Storm.

    3rd min: And the Storm are in early through Billy Slater. Cooper Cronk grubbers back towards the posts and Slater picks up on the fly.

    Smith converts.

    Storm 6 Rabbitohs 0

    And we're under way at ANZ Stadium.

    There's a big story breaking in rugby league at the moment. The NRL has announced Newcastle players and staff have not been paid recently.

    Read the story here.

    The Storm are rank outsiders tonight (nearly $3 with the punting establishments), even with the big three of Slater, Cronk and Smith in the line-up. It would be a long while since that's happened.

    And that's probably got a lot to do with the fact the Storm has the fifth worst defensive record in the competition.

    It would be a very long time since that's happened.

    Welcome to tonight's coverage of the South Sydney Rabbitohs v the Melbourne Storm.

    There's all manner of sub-plots to this one with the State of Origin series around the corner.

    It promises to be a big game and, given the number of close games Melbourne has played in this season, it could go down to the wire.

    Cameron Smith will start at five-eighth tonight and Joel Romelo will come off the bench for the Storm, while the Rabbitohs are very settled at the moment.

    ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

    Last meeting: Qualifying final 2013 - Rabbitohs 20 bt Storm 10 at ANZ Stadium

    Head-to-head: Rabbitohs 4 Storm 19 Drawn 1

    Referees: Gerard Sutton, Gavin Reynolds

    TV: Live, Channel 9 (delay in Brisbane)

    Ladbrokes: Rabbitohs $1.48, Storm $2.70

    Betfair: Rabbitohs $1.50, Storm $3.00

    Michael Chammas writes: Any hoodoo the Storm held over South Sydney in Michael Maguire's early days in charge of the Bunnies is over. This is going down to the wire but some Adam Reynolds magic will prove the difference.

    Tip: Rabbitohs by 1

    AAP writes:  After an up and down start, South Sydney have won four of their past five matches including a 40-18 thumping of Gold Coast on the road last weekend. The Storm picked up its fifth win of the year with a come-from-behind victory over Manly, the fourth time they’ve scored in the final five minutes to claim a win this year. The Rabbitohs’ form means coach Michael Maguire has picked an unchanged line-up for the second straight week. Key: Melbourne’s defence. The Storm have conceded 13 more tries than Souths this season and will need to tighten up to avoid the Bunnies opening up a lead that even Craig Bellamy’s never-say-die players can’t reel in.

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    • Adam Who?

      Commenter
      The Kelbinaor
      Location
      The Fridge
      Date and time
      May 16, 2014, 10:11PM
    • How the bloody hell can four brothers grow up together, loving their Rugby League, have must have played millions of hours in the yard, park or street and not learn how to hang on to the ball. The four Burgess brothers must have eighty percent of the dropped ball statistics of the whole club both this year and in 2013. Mum should have them bashing the crap out of each other and not feeding the one who loses the ball the most.

      Commenter
      RTP
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      May 16, 2014, 10:01PM
    • Can't win a GF if you can't hang on to the ball.

      Commenter
      RTP
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      May 16, 2014, 9:39PM
    • I loves Billy Slater. Cain't do no wrong never.

      Commenter
      paulie
      Location
      Date and time
      May 16, 2014, 8:54PM
    • I don't know who Daniel Smith@13DSmith is but he obviously is either a very biased Storm supporter or he learned about shoulder charges from a book.

      Commenter
      RTP
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      May 16, 2014, 8:51PM
    • How many teams come back from a mistake from the kick off. George Burgess and at times Sam have terrible carrying skills, they have caused Souths as much grief as they have joy. It's OK to be a hit up man or two but they have to know how to hang on to the ball.

      Commenter
      RTP
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      May 16, 2014, 8:46PM
      • Geez,

        Dunno what to make of Souths. If they can't make GF this year I am not sure if they ever will. They lose Sam and Teoh after this year.

        Honestly after all is said and done the Pride of the League is a myth. Not even one grand final appearance in 43 yrs?

        Seriously these guys are a running joke

        Commenter
        22 Magnum
        Location
        Date and time
        May 16, 2014, 10:19PM
      • Very perceptive comment mate. The Burgess brothers are equal parts match winners and equal parts gronks.

        Commenter
        22 Magnum
        Location
        Date and time
        May 16, 2014, 10:21PM
    • I can't believe how soft the South Sydney forward pack is

      Commenter
      Ziggy Squadrito
      Location
      Date and time
      May 16, 2014, 8:12PM
    • Another "blockbuster"? Really. Ho hum

      Commenter
      rbb
      Date and time
      May 16, 2014, 7:48PM

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