Wests Tigers 6
Tries: Sitaleki Akauola
Goals: Pat Richards (1/1), Mitchell Moses (0/1)
Melbourne Storm 28
Tries: Marika Koroibete (2), Will Chambers, Sisa Waqa, Cameron Smith
Goals: Cameron Smith (4/5), Ben Roberts (0/1)
The Melbourne Storm continued their late season rebirth with a convincing 28-6 victory over the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
The Tigers were looking to put in a good performance on a night dedicated to Simon Dwyer but were met by a Melbourne side on the up.
The home side looked to start strongly and after eight minutes hit the lead when fullback Mitchell Moses found late-inclusion Sitaleki Akauola on the wing for the first try of the game.
Pat Richards made no mistake from the sideline for a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers would have been disappointed with the first try they conceded after a cross-field kick from Ben Roberts found former Tiger Marika Koroibete to score untouched.
Captain Cameron Smith converted to tie the game at 6-6.
Koroibete haunted the home side even more when he scored his second try of the game after 22 minutes. A cut-out pass from Cooper Cronk found the Fijian who scored for the visitors.
Smith nailed the conversion again for a 12-6 lead.
With three minutes to go before half-time, the Storm scored their third try for the night. A flat ball from Cooper Cronk found Will Chambers who scored next to the posts.
Cameron Smith again converted to extend the lead to 18-6.
Mitchell Moses had a chance to draw two points back with a penalty goal but was unsuccessful as Wests trailed 18-6 at the break.
Not long after the interval the Storm extended the gap when a pin-point kick from Cronk, who was in everything, found Sisa Waqa to score for the away side.
Two minutes later Melbourne were in again as Ben Roberts and Billy Slater combined with Cronk to put Smith over under the posts.
The dummy-half converted his own try to lead 28-6.
This would be the last points scored of the night but Ben Roberts missed a penalty goal from right in front late in the game as the Storm ran away with a 28-6 victory.
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