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NRL Premiership, Sunday, 11 March 2012 - Round 2 - AAMI Park

Time
80.00
Team
Melbourne
Score
24
Team
South Sydney
Score
10
Melbourne versus South Sydney
Players Nielsen (12min, 64min), Duffie (16min), Slater (55min, 80min) Tries 5 Tries 2 Players McQueen (29min), Burgess (34min)
Players Smith 2/5 (40%) Conversions 2 Conversions 1 Players Reynolds 1/2 (50%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players Reynolds 0/1 (0%)

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Statistics

Match Statistics
MelbourneSouth Sydney

1 Billy Slater

Try
2

1 Dylan Farrell

2 Matthew Duffie

Try
1

2 Fetuli Talanoa

Substitution Off
1

3 Dane Nielsen

Try
2

3 Matt King

4 Justin O'Neill

4 Greg Inglis

5 Anthony Quinn

5 Chris McQueen

Try
1

6 Gareth Widdop

6 John Sutton

7 Cooper Cronk

7 Adam Reynolds

Conversion
1

8 Jesse Bromwich

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

8 Scott Geddes

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

9 Cameron Smith

Conversion
2

9 Nathan Peats

Substitution Off
1

10 Bryan Norrie

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

10 Roy Asotasi

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

11 Sika Manu

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

11 Sam Burgess

Try
1

12 Ryan Hoffman

Substitution Off
1

12 David Taylor

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

13 Todd Lowrie

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

13 Michael Crocker

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1
Match Statistics
Interchange Interchange

Ryan Hinchcliffe

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Shaune Corrigan

Substitution On
1

Kevin Proctor

Substitution On
1

Eddy Pettybourne

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Siosaia Vave

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

David Tyrrell

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Jason Ryles

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

Issac Luke

Substitution On
1

Melbourne vs South Sydney

  • Possession

    Melbourne51%
    51% 49%
    South Sydney49%
  • Sets

    Melbourne40
    52% 48%
    South Sydney37
  • Completed sets

    Melbourne29
    50% 50%
    South Sydney29
  • Completion rate

    Melbourne73%
    48% 52%
    South Sydney78%
  • Tackles

    Melbourne347
    51% 49%
    South Sydney340
  • Total runs

    Melbourne166
    50% 50%
    South Sydney166
  • Total run metres

    Melbourne1458m
    52% 48%
    South Sydney1340m
  • Hit-ups

    Melbourne66
    56% 44%
    South Sydney52
  • Line breaks

    Melbourne7
    54% 46%
    South Sydney6
  • Offloads

    Melbourne6
    35% 65%
    South Sydney11
  • Kicks

    Melbourne22
    54% 46%
    South Sydney19
  • 40-20 kicks

    Melbourne0
    50% 50%
    South Sydney0
  • Kick metres

    Melbourne769m
    62% 38%
    South Sydney470m
  • Penalties

    Melbourne3
    30% 70%
    South Sydney7
  • Scrums

    Melbourne8
    62% 38%
    South Sydney5
  • Missed tackles

    Melbourne26
    42% 58%
    South Sydney36
  • Errors

    Melbourne12
    57% 43%
    South Sydney9
  • | |
    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 17 107 0 3 1 2 2 1 41
    Matthew Duffie Winger 1 80 11 138 0 5 2 0 0 0 0
    Dane Nielsen Centre 1 80 8 86 0 5 3 0 1 1 11
    Justin O'Neill Centre 2 80 12 156 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
    Anthony Quinn Winger 2 80 13 113 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Gareth Widdop Five-eighth 80 10 72 1 5 0 2 1 0 0
    Cooper Cronk Halfback 80 6 39 2 0 0 1 1 15 511
    Jesse Bromwich Prop 1 42 11 106 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cameron Smith Hooker 80 6 40 1 1 0 0 0 5 206
    Bryan Norrie Prop 2 42 11 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sika Manu 2nd Row 1 44 8 59 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row 2 77 16 129 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Todd Lowrie Lock 43 10 80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe Interchange 42 8 65 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Proctor Interchange 46 4 25 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Siosaia Vave Interchange 35 6 67 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Ryles Interchange 29 9 76 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Melbourne statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Billy Slater Fullback 80 9 1 0 1 1
    Matthew Duffie Winger 1 80 7 2 2 0 0
    Dane Nielsen Centre 1 80 17 1 1 0 1
    Justin O'Neill Centre 2 80 16 2 4 2 3
    Anthony Quinn Winger 2 80 4 0 1 1 1
    Gareth Widdop Five-eighth 80 16 4 1 0 2
    Cooper Cronk Halfback 80 16 3 1 0 0
    Jesse Bromwich Prop 1 42 21 1 0 0 0
    Cameron Smith Hooker 80 54 0 3 1 0
    Bryan Norrie Prop 2 42 20 1 0 0 0
    Sika Manu 2nd Row 1 44 17 2 0 1 2
    Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row 2 77 20 1 3 0 2
    Todd Lowrie Lock 43 22 0 2 1 0
    Ryan Hinchcliffe Interchange 42 25 2 2 0 0
    Kevin Proctor Interchange 46 27 0 1 0 0
    Siosaia Vave Interchange 35 31 3 1 0 0
    Jason Ryles Interchange 29 25 3 1 0 0
    South Sydney statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS R.MTRS OFLD T/BR L/BR L/BR.AS TRY.AS KICKS K.MTRS
    Dylan Farrell Fullback 80 13 127 1 4 1 0 0 1 8
    Fetuli Talanoa Winger 1 75 15 125 1 3 0 0 0 1 6
    Matt King Centre 1 80 6 47 0 1 0 0 0 1 17
    Greg Inglis Centre 2 80 11 101 0 6 1 1 0 0 0
    Chris McQueen Winger 2 80 13 130 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
    John Sutton Five-eighth 80 8 65 3 0 0 0 0 6 168
    Adam Reynolds Halfback 80 4 59 0 5 1 0 0 9 245
    Scott Geddes Prop 1 42 9 65 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Peats Hooker 54 6 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Roy Asotasi Prop 2 42 6 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Burgess 2nd Row 1 80 21 136 3 5 1 1 0 1 26
    David Taylor 2nd Row 2 69 7 35 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
    Michael Crocker Lock 53 7 49 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Shaune Corrigan Interchange 5 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Eddy Pettybourne Interchange 51 15 95 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    David Tyrrell Interchange 36 9 71 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Issac Luke Interchange 53 15 134 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
    South Sydney statistics
    Players POS MIN TACKES MISSED INEFFECTIVE PEN.CONC. ERRORS
    Dylan Farrell Fullback 80 7 2 0 0 0
    Fetuli Talanoa Winger 1 75 4 1 0 0 4
    Matt King Centre 1 80 27 7 1 0 0
    Greg Inglis Centre 2 80 14 2 0 1 0
    Chris McQueen Winger 2 80 4 1 0 0 0
    John Sutton Five-eighth 80 21 2 0 1 0
    Adam Reynolds Halfback 80 19 3 0 0 0
    Scott Geddes Prop 1 42 27 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Peats Hooker 54 28 3 1 0 0
    Roy Asotasi Prop 2 42 26 3 0 0 0
    Sam Burgess 2nd Row 1 80 41 3 0 0 1
    David Taylor 2nd Row 2 69 26 4 0 0 0
    Michael Crocker Lock 53 32 3 0 1 2
    Shaune Corrigan Interchange 5 0 0 1 0 0
    Eddy Pettybourne Interchange 51 19 1 1 0 2
    David Tyrrell Interchange 36 21 0 2 0 0
    Issac Luke Interchange 53 24 1 3 0 0

    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Cameron Smith 54
    Runs
    Player name Sam Burgess 21
    Line Breaks
    Player name Dane Nielsen 3
    Offloads
    Player name John Sutton 3

    Match Details

    Start time:
    7:00PM
    Weather:
    Cloudy
    Surface:
    Good
    Referees:
    Shayne HayneGavin Morris
    Touch Judges:
    Adam GeeClayton Sharpe
    Video Ref:
    Chris Ward

    Live: Storm v Rabbitohs

    Date

    James Polson

    Heartbreak again for South Sydney.  And that's it from us tonight, join me again tomorrow evening from 7pm when we head to Parramatta Stadium to wrap up round two when the Eels host last year's grand finalists, the Warriors. 

    Smith pushes it wide once more for a rare 2/5 success rate.  Melbourne join Manly and the Bulldogs with two wins from their two opening matches.

    80 min: TRY.  Billy Slater dives on a kick from Dane Nielsen for the Storm to make things look a bit more comprehensive.  Beautiful second-man play from Cronk for Widdop to spread it to Nielsen, and that's a fantastic Storm team try.  24-10 with the kick to wrap things up.

    Storm in no rush to pack this scrum with 90 seconds to go.  Souths will get another chance but it's all academic now

    78 min: Crocker knocks on and that's it for Souths surely. 

    77 min: Souths go wide through Inglis who makes a break and wins the penalty for the Bunnies.

    Talanoa off for Souths, Shaune Corrigan on for the final minutes

    75 min: Eddy Pettybourne tries to get tricky....and loses the ball.  Storm hoping to put things beyond doubt with four minutes to play

    74 min: Time running out for Souths here as another set finishes without result.  Melbourne finally get the kick away and noone wants it.  McQueen tackled on his own 40m line for Souths' first tackle.

    Inside the final 10 minutes here.  Round two in the NRL and round two in the chair for this blogger.  The omen backers might realise Souths were involved at my first attempt also.  But both stints have also resulted in Manly wins, so I guess every cloud has a Silvertail lining.

    70 min: Souths bringing the ball away from their line.  Taylor, back on the field, has it 40m out.

    68 min: Matt King goes to ground just metres out but Souths have spilled it again.

    68 min: Souths get the penalty and just a sniff of the break they've been looking for.  20m out from the Storm line

    65 min: Cameron Smith has pushed that one wide, score remains 20-10

    63 min: TRY - Nielsen gets his second for the Storm.  20-10 with a kick to come.  Textbook play from Craig Bellamy's side.

    62 min: Melbourne looking for a way through the Souths defence.  Chris McQueen spills the kick and now it's a penalty to the home side.

    Storm throw away, quite literally, another good chance.  Matt King takes it up for Souths against his former side

    A crunching hit from Sam Burgess on Bryan Norrie.  Best on ground for the Rabbitohs again.

    57 min: And Slater again.  The lad can leap and it's Ryan Hinchcliffe taking it up for Melbourne.

    56 min: Farrell reminds us all there's two good fullbacks at work here tonight, fielding the Storm's kick and breaking the line to make 30m for his side

    55 min: Smith puts the Storm a converted try in front.  16-10 to Melbourne.

    The Queensland No.1's 127th try - the most of any current player. 

    54 min: TRY. That's more like the Billy Slater we know.  What looked like a try bombed has become a four-pointer for the mercurial fullback.  Incredible athleticism to ground the ball before being bundled out.  Melbourne 14-10, kick to come.

    53 min: Melbourne edging ever closer

    It looks like big Dave Taylor is done for Souths and that's not what Maguire's men need.  Updates as they come.  Calling for the trainers and this will be a huge blow is he's out, even for the night.

    52 min: Storm make a bust through O'Neill.  Only the fullback to beat but Farrell does well to bring him down.

    Another Melbourne error and Souths sniff an opportunity. 

    The Storm have the feed and they'll be grateful for the letoff.  They were scrambling there.

    There's not much in it but I suspect we'll see the red light.  Gareth Widdop has done well to force Talanoa into touch.

    49 min: Souths metres out again and Talanoa's over.  Definitely having another look at this one, at first glance I think he finds the sideline before the tryline. 

    48 min: Another error from the Storm.  Good field position for Souths, 35m out on the first tackle.

    46 min: Justin O'Neill almost breaks the line as the Storm attack again.  Dylan Farrell brings it back for Souths.

    Souths are looking dangerous.  Billy Slater knocks it back.

    45 min: Bunnies get a penalty.  Craig Bellamy won't be happy there as Souths get a welcome piggyback down the field.

    Multitasking at its' best here.  It's hard to juggle pad thai and a keyboard but someone has to do it.  Storm with the ball just inside Souths' half.

    Michael Maguire was understandably happy with his side's completion rate in the first half, while Craig Bellamy urged his troops to be more clinical.

    42 min: The Bunnies are making good ground.  64 metres from this set.  Billy Slater fields the kick but another offload almost costs him dearly.

    41 min: Souths get us started for the final 40 mins.

    Players are making their way down the tunnel after the oranges.  Second half not far away.

    Souths have never won in Melbourne from eight attempts.  They've given themselves a good chance of arresting that record here, and the record of Greg Inglis will inspire them further.  He's only lost down there eight times during his Storm career, and can also boast a lazy 36 tries from those 55 matches.

    A cheeky kick over the top from Slater fails to come off and that's it for the first half.  10-10 here at AAMI Park and plenty to think about for both teams. 

    Inside the final two minutes of the first half and Souths are 45m out from their own line on the fourth.  Storm will have the final say in the opening term after Sutton sends his kick dead.

    But again Matt Duffie has other ideas.  Maybe time for a new tactic.

    37 min: Souths on the attack once more.  They can sniff a half-time lead that seemed unlikely not long ago

    36 min: Storm back with the ball and they'll be breathing a sigh of relief.  Classy take from Duffie to defuse John Sutton's kick for the corner.

    Souths 15m out again, this time through Eddy Pettybourne.

    Souths have had 80 per cent of the ball in the last 10 minutes.  And they've made it count.

    Billy Slater was the catalyst for that one - the sort of offload he'd land 99 times out of 100 went straight to Fetuli Talanoa.  10-10

    33 min: TRY - Spectacular stuff from Sam Burgess who once again shows why he's so central to Souths' hopes.  We're going upstairs but surely he deserves the points just for the dive.  After the Waratahs' match last night that's the second try I've seen scored backwards this week.  Storm 10-8, but it should be 10-10 with a kick to come from dead in front.

    32 min: Bunnies on the attack again here after another uncharacteristic Storm error.  They've taken their foot off the pedal a bit in the last 10 minutes.

    31 min: No extras for Souths.  Still 10-4.

    29 min: TRY - Chris McQueen over in the corner for Souths.  That's two in two matches, and though this one wasn't as spectacular, his side will take the four points.  All courtesy of a Dave Taylor offload.  Storm 10-4, kick to come.

    28 min: PENALTY to Souths

    27 min: A rare error from the Storm as Gareth Widdop coughs it up metres out from the Bunnies' line

    PENALTY to Melbourne - they'll take the tap from 25m out

    26 min:  It all comes to nothing for the Rabbitohs - they've been sent backwards.  Storm just their side of halfway as Siosaia Vave takes it up.

    25 min: PENALTY to Souths.  Golden opportunity.

    Space out wide as the Storm spread it before Justin O'Neill spills it.  Souths with the feed 42m out from the Storm line.  Melbourne still lead 10-0.

    Souths pressuring the Storm line before Melbourne go on the counter.  So dangerous.

    Pettybourne and Asotasi off for Souths, Scott Geddes and David Tyrrell on.

    22 min: PENALTY to Souths.  Is this the opportunity Michael Maguire's men need to get back into the match?

    Turnover - and didn't Souths need that?

    21 min: Bromwich takes the first hit-up of the return set.

    20 min: Duffie breaks the line from the first tackle and sprints clear.  Another early kick from Cronk but it doesn't pay off this time.  Still, it's a line dropout and his side will get another crack at the Bunnies.

    19 min: Souths still inside their own half after four tackles.  They were making metres at will in the opening stages.  Kick goes dead and we'll be back to the Storm's 20 for the restart.

    It's all going to script here so far at AAMI Park.  Melbourne looking dangerous - Souths won't want to give them much more start.  Smith makes no mistake with the kick to extend the lead to 10-0.

    15 min: TRY.  The other corner this time.  Matt Duffie scores from another Slater pass.  8-0 Melbourne.

    13 min: Smith hooks it from the sideline.  Score remains 4-0 to the Storm.

    11 min: TRY.  Vintage Storm.  Dane Nielsen over in the corner following some handy leadup play from, who else, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater.  Storm 4-0, kick to come.

    An early kick from Cronk comes off a Souths player before John Sutton is bundled into touch.  Great attacking opportunity for Melbourne here.

    10 min: Storm on the offensive again through Jesse Bromwich.  11m out

    8 min:  Billy Slater almost forced back into his own in-goal.

    7 min: PENALTY to Souths.  Fetuli Talanoa taken in the air fielding the Storm kick. 

    Manu held up over the line, back for the last.

    6 min: Fourth tackle, Storm metres out.

    Melbourne start their set just on the 50m line. 

    5 min: PENALTY to the Storm. 

    4 min: Sika Manu finding some good metres for Melbourne.  Spreading wide to Quinn who fights off a few would-be tacklers but it's a turnover.

    Looks like a good crowd in at AAMI Park tonight - it's a long weekend in Melbourne.  This is the 18th meeting between these two clubs and the Storm hold the advantage 15-3.

    2 min: Cooper Cronk's first touch sees his kick find touch just out from the Souths line. 

    1 min: Souths get us under way with the opening set. 

    Welcome to the Herald's live coverage of tonight's match between the Storm and the Rabbitohs from AAMI Park in Melbourne.  Both sides will see room for improvement in their opening-round results - the Victorians were made to work hard for their 24-19 win by the Raiders while Souths had the points in the bag with two minutes to play before it all went awry.  Hard to tip against any side boasting the likes of Slater, Cronk and Cameron Smith but the Bunnies' forwards will ensure they have their hands full.

     

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