Storm put one hand on the Minor Premiership in Raiders thrashing

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Melbourne Storm 44 defeat Canberra Raiders 10.
 
Match Review.
The Melbourne Storm took the lead for the Minor Premiership last week and are showing the competition what a force they are. However they had to continue their form, and standing in their way was a Canberra Raiders side desperate for a miracle shot at a finals birth, and that all started with a hopeful upset in Melbourne.
 
The Melbourne Storm were off to a fast start thanks to an early Cameron Smith penalty goal. That 2-0 lead quickly jumped out to 8-0 though when an offensive set piece saw Smith pump fake the left side pass, hit Billy Slater on the wrap around to the short side, whom then popped it over the top for Felise Kaufusi to score the try.
 
Canberra's discipline issues were once again showing the Raiders downfall and it allowed the Storm to extend their lead. A first tackle drop ball on the Storm's line followed up with a defensive penalty allowed the Storm to not only relieve pressure but push it onto the Raiders. Storm half Cameron Munster used his lightning quick footwork and acceleration to slice through the defence and score under the posts.
 
As the rain poured down and the half went on, it looked more and more likely that the Storm could run away with the win. Canberra however as we know weren't going to go away, and when Josh Hodgson went down the short side on an attacking set, he was able to throw a bullet short ball to Sia Soliola to get the Raiders on the board. However Canberra did what we know they can do, and off the kick off they turned the ball over allowed the Storm to go on the attack and grab the 4 points back through Suliasu Vunivalu in the corner off a set piece play.
 
With time winding down in the first half and the Raiders constantly giving the Storm opportunities, Melbourne were once again able to go over, this time through Curtis Scott in the dying minutes. The Storm showed the dominance in the opening half despite the horrid weather, and were able to take a 24-4 lead into the sheds.
 
It was the ideal start for the Melbourne Storm in the second half, when Josh Addo-Carr went over thanks to a Billy Slater grubber that was dropped by Raiders fullback Brad Abbey and dived on by Addo-Carr. The Raiders fired back though only 10 minutes later when on the attack a Joseph Paulo poor pass found the ground, but was picked up by Joseph Leilua as he barged his way over taking four Storm defenders with him to keep the Raiders in the hunt, but only just.
 
The game and the Raiders finals chances were deemed officially over when the Storm crossed again for a 36-10 lead with roughly 10 minutes remaining. Once again the Storm attack was able to find themselves down in the opposition 20, and while the Raiders defence was out to stop the fired up Storm backs, the left their middle defence too vulnerable and big boy nelson Asofa-Solomona was able to barge storm his way over.
 
The purple tsunami continued only a few minutes later when Curtis Scott went over for his second of the night courtesy of Josh Addo-Carr who went flying down field when he picked up a Cameron Munster grubbber early in the set on half way while the Raiders defence was caught up to high.
 
The Storm continued to put pressure on the Raiders as the game died out, however no more scoring occurred. A late sin bin to Raiders winger Jordan Rapana for back chatting was the final insult to injury for Canberra as the Storm were able to grab a massive win over Canberra to destroy the Raiders finals hopes and leapfrog themselves back up into first place on the NRL ladder.
 
Melbourne Storm:
3' Cameron Smith (Penalty Goal)
6' Felise Kaufusi (Try)
7' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
16' Cameron Munster (Try)
17' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
32' Suliasu Vunivalu (Try)
39' Curtis Scott (Try)
40' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
44' Josh Addo-Car (Try)
45' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
61' Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Try)
62' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
63' Curtis Scott (Try)
65' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
69' Cameron Smith (Penalty Goal)
 
Canberra Raiders:
28' Sia Soliola (Try)
55' Joseph Leilua (Try)
56' Sam Williams (Conversion)
 
-Blake.

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