Canberra Raiders 10
Goals: Crocker 3
Melbourne Storm 14
Tries: Fonua, Munster
Goals: Smith 3
Melbourne Storm made it back-to-back wins as they edged out a spirited Canberra Raiders side 14-10 to record their fourth victory of the NRL season.
The Green Machine led 10-2 at half-time but an impressive second half display from Melbourne saw them rally back, with the game clinching try coming from 20-year-old Cameron Munster who replaced the injured Billy Slater.
Dane Tilse made his 200th NRL appearance and led the side out in his final home game for club ahead of his move to Super League club Hull KR.
Both sides wore yellow armbands in memory of Stephanie Scott, the school teacher found dead on Friday in Cocoparra National Park.
With 10 minutes on the clock Cooper Cronk nearly found his way over, but a combination of a tackle off the ball and a high shot saw him drop the ball with the line at his mercy.
They were awarded a penalty though and Cameron Smith’s boot gave them a 2-0 lead.
Munster was over for what looked like a try, however the video referee ruled that Kevin Proctor obstructed a defender in the build up to the young fullback crossing the whitewash.
A penalty for holding down gave Jarrod Crocker the chance to level the scores 22 minutes in, and three minutes later they took the lead as the Raiders put the ball through hands and Jeremy Hawkins crossed out wide, just keeping his foot in the field of play. Crocker’s conversion put his side 8-2 ahead.
They went into half-time with a 10-2 lead when another penalty goal was converted by Crocker.
Eight minutes into the second half Storm hit back as Cronk recovered from a bone crunching tackle moments earlier to find Will Chambers out wide, who produced a brilliant offload to send over his wing partner Mahe Fonua. Smith’s conversion put them within two points.
They took the lead courtesy of an unbelievable last tackle play just four minutes later, as they kept the ball alive on a number of occasions before Ryan Hinchcliffe put boot to ball, finding Fonua who offloaded to Chambers with the centre sending over Munster.
Smith made sure with the boot and his side led 14-10.
With injuries to Shaun Fensom and Josh Hodgson the hosts became weary but kept knocking on the purple door, however there was no way through.
The visitors saw the remainder of the game out to keep their impressive record in Canberra going and to climb up to second in the ladder.
NothingButRL Man of the Match: Storm prop forward Jesse Bromwich led the way in hit-ups and run metres with an impressive display down the middle.