Storm slice up Newcastle in Melbourne

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The Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights had the first of the Friday night games down at AAMI Park, with both teams needing a win to stay in touch with the top 8. The Storm were coming off two losses in a row, while the Knights were looking to get another win after knocking off the Brisbane Broncos back home.

If the Knights wanted to have a shot at beating the Storm in Melbourne, they needed to have a strong start. They had a strong squad, with no changes being made to their line up from earlier in the week. Melbourne brought in Tim Glasby to start, with Kenny Bromwich on the bench. Joe Stimson dropped out of the team, with Brandon Smith joining the bench.

Melbourne had a screaming start, with both wingers going over within the first 10 minutes. Josh Addo-Carr opened the scoring just three minutes in, with a lovely finish. Cameron Smith missed the kick to make it 6-0, however a Billy Slater kick bounced perfectly for Suliasi Vunivalu to make it 10-0 after the Smith conversion.

The Storm would keep going, with some good dummy half work finding J Bromwich, who supplied for Tim Glasby to barrel his way over from 10 m out. Cameron Smith would convert to have the Knights in all sorts, playing catch up at 16-0 after 20 minutes. A penalty goal would make it 18-0 not much later.

Newcastle would hit back twice to make it a game by half-time, with Kalyn Ponga sending over Lachlan Fitzgibbon 10 minutes from halftime. Mitchell Pearce would then send Ken Sio over with just a minute and a bit to go before the break to make it 18-8. It seemed that Ponga left his kicking boots at home, as he missed both kicks before the break.

Melbourne were looking to make up for their lapse in the late stages of the first half and they would do so pretty quickly, with Addo-Carr getting his second try just 8 minutes into the second half. Cameron Smith would convert to make it 24-8.

The Storm would then seal the game with Vunivalu's second try after a falcon off of Mitchell Pearce. Ryley Jacks looked better for the Storm than Brodie Croft had in the start of the season, with his kick leading to the try. Smith would convert to make it 30-8.

Newcastle went over again through Ken Sio to make it 30-14 after a Ponga conversion, but Jacks sent through Felise Kaufusi to have the Storm fans cheering all over AAMI Park. It was a lovely short ball that sent through the second rower, and Sam Kasiano would top off the brilliant win with a barn-storming run through the Knights defense to make it 40-14.

The Storm go 3-3, with a trip to Brisbane next week on the cards while Newcastle, who are now 3-3, are up against the in form Wests Tigers.

Chumpie.

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