Storm continue push for top 4 finish with a big win against the Knights.

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Melbourne Storm 28 defeat Newcastle Knights 10.
 
Match Review.
It was built as a hugely important game for both teams, as the Melbourne Storm were wanting to continue their push for a top 4 finish, while the Newcastle Knights top 8 chances almost relied on this game. A win and they are right back in the fight, a loss and they stay 6 points back from 8th, and a horrid for and against.
 
The game started quite well for the Knights, although there wasn't much scoring going on, they looked to have shown up for the battle, knowing well and truly this was a season defining game. It was a back and forth battle for the opening five minutes with both teams running hard and tackling even harder, but it was the defending premiers who struck first in the 16th minute of the game. A slow build up of pressure finally caused the Knights defence to crack when Storm lock Kenny Bromwich created half a gap, and offloaded the ball to young half Ryley Jacks who went over for the try.
 
Despite the early try and a few handling errors, the Knights were sticking in the fight and wouldn't go away. With the error count heavily against the Knights, they were still able to go over next and level the scores within the final 10 minutes of the half. After a couple offensive sets on the Storm's line, they finally went through from a dummy half dive from fullback Kalyn Ponga.
 
The scored weren't locked for long but. The Knights looked to have found another gear and were on the attack once again, but a grubber attempt by Knights half Connor Watson was stopped by Storm half Cameron Munster by putting his leg out, Munster then picked up the ball and ran off down field before handing it off to the fastest man in the game, Josh Addo-Carr, to take it all the way downfield to score the try. The Storm then ended the half with a penalty goal thanks to the Knights defence taking out Storm half Cameron Munster, who grubbered through for himself. The Storm took a 14-6 lead into the sheds.
 
The second half started perfectly for the Knights as they came out of the sheds firing. A blown three on one fast break was a coach killer for Knights coach Nathan Brown, but his team quickly made up for it when on the next attacking play, young Kalyn Ponga drew in the Storm defence, causing an overlap for winger Ken Sio to go over.
 
Storm captain Cameron Smith extended the lead to 6 points through a penalty goal, before the next set resulted in an identical try previously between Cameron Munster and Josh Addo-Carr. A line break by Munster was quickly handed to the flyer who flew down field to extend the Storm lead.
 
The Storm were able to extend their lead and take the 2 competition points home when winger Suliasi Vunivalu went over off a master piece through the hands play started by Cameron Munster which causes the overlap try and give the Storm a comfortable 18 point lead with roughly 20 minutes remaining.
 
The final 20 minutes saw a back and forth fight, but with the result done and dusted, both teams laid off a bit as the Storm continued their push for a top 4 finish. The Storm head home 28-10 winners.
 
Stonecold's Player Of The Game: Cameron Munster (Storm)
 
Newcastle Knights:
31' Kalyn Ponga (Try)
32' Kalyn Ponga (Conversion)
45' Ken Sio (Try)
 
Melbourne Storm:
16' Ryley Jacks (Try)
17' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
36' Josh Addo-Carr (Try)
37' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
40' Cameron Smith (Penalty Goal)
53' Cameron Smith (Penalty Goal)
55' Josh Addo-Carr (Try)
56' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
60' Suliasi Vunivalu (Try)
61' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
 
-Stonecold.

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