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    Manly Vs. Melbourne

    2012 NRL Premiership Season, 18 June, 2012

    Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, NSW
    Melbourne 26 defeated Manly 22
    Manly Melbourne
    22 FINAL SCORE 26
    4 TRIES 4
    3/4 CONVERSION KICKS 4/4
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 1/1
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
     
    Top scorers:
    • Manly - Jamie Lyon 6pts (0T 3G)
    • Melbourne - Cameron Smith 14pts (1T 5G)
    Important moments:
    • Melbourne took the lead at the 19 min. mark 2nd half
    • Dean Whare (ManW) scored at the 79 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: T Archer
    Touch judges: P Holland & J Walsh

    There is no love lost between the Manly Sea Eagles and Melbourne Storm, so expect a tough encounter between two teams well in the race for the NRL premiership. Join us for live scores and commentary of Monday night football from 7pm AEST.

    The Sea Eagles and Storm clash for the first time since the infamous Donnybrookvale encounter late last season, which saw both teams engage in an all in brawl which was followed by multiple suspensions.

    The stage is now set for another tough and physical encounter between two teams who never take a backward step when facing one another.

    Despite sitting in first position on the NRL ladder, Melbourne come into this match as underdogs given that they are without superstar fullback Billy Slater.

    Slater injured himself in Queensland’s loss to NSW last Wednesday and will be out of action for four to six weeks.

    Prediction:

    Slater’s absence is a huge blow to Melbourne tonight, given that he plays such a huge role in the way the Storm attack, particularly when it comes to second phase play.

    While Matthew Duffie is a very capable player, it remains to be seen if he has the ball playing skills necessary to instigate the second phase play that Slater usually produces out wide for Melbourne.

    Manly meanwhile have all their players backing up from Origin last Wednesday, with Brett Stewart, Glenn Stewart and Anthony Watmough all backing up tonight for the Sea Eagles.

    Overall, the Sea Eagles are at full strength and will fancy their chances of once again bullying the Storm pack out of the contest.

    On the back of a big Brookvale Oval crowd, the Sea Eagles will be looking to dominate up the middle of the park where Jason King, Brent Kite and Watmough will look to push through the advantage line.

    If Manly’s forwards get their way early on, Melbourne will struggle for field position tonight and without Slater to instigate any attacking plays from the back, the Storm may find themselves on the back foot for the majority of the contest.

    The key to Melbourne’s chances tonight will be to weather the early Sea Eagles onslaught. Manly will come out firing tonight in a bid to finally showcase that they are the real deal in season 2012 after a lacklustre start to the year.

    If Melbourne however can stick with Manly for the opening twenty minutes, playmakers Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Gareth Widdop will come into their own and dictate play with their wonderful kicking games.

    With Manly in desperate need of a win to solidify their position in the top eight, expect the Sea Eagles to muscle their way to a tough victory against a Storm side that will make them work for the competition points at home.

    Sea Eagles by eight.

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    • 10:44pm
      Morfs said | 10:44pm | ! Report

      Another classic match between these two clubs. Up there with our win at the same ground back in 08 as one of Storm’s best wins. It was also great to see the players shaking hands and chatting after the game, considering all that has gone on between the two clubs over the last 4 or 5 years, and especially last year.

    • 9:02pm
      Bill Larkin said | 9:02pm | ! Report

      I’ve said it before in other forums, but I believe that Ballamy would be a successful AFL or soccer coach. And Malthouse would be a great league coach. Their man management abilities are exemplary. A bit off topic to a game day thread I know.

    • 8:58pm
      Bill Larkin said | 8:58pm | ! Report

      If there was a game the Storm was destined to lose, it was this one. I had already conceded it.

    • Roar Guru

      8:53pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:53pm | ! Report

      Melbourne have once again shown us why they remain the benchmark in the NRL when it comes to discipline, defence and attack. Melbourne trailed by six points at halftime against Manly but completely turned things around as their pack began to dominate proceedings up the middle against a Manly pack that was all over them in the first half. The Sea Eagles struggled for territory as a result and Melbourne scored two tries each to Duffie and Lowrie to seal a memorable 26-22 victory at Brookvale Oval. Manly were very strong in the first half but faded away in the second as Melbourne’s forward began to dictate terms up the middle. The loss of Glenn Stewart did not help Manly’s cause tonight. Melbourne now have a six point advantage at the top of the NRL ladder and should go on and win the minor premiership from here. Manly remain on the cusp of the top eight. Smith, Cronk, Duffie, Hoffman, Lowrie and Norrie were all outstanding for Melbourne tonight. Even without Slater, they are a force to be reckoned with. Thanks for joining us for this live blog and we look forward to your company next time on The Roar.

      FULLTIME:

      Sea Eagles 22
      Storm 26

      • 9:22pm
        Morfs said | 9:22pm | ! Report

        Sorry to nit-pick, by you left O’Neill out of your list of superb performers tonight

    • Roar Guru

      8:49pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:49pm | ! Report

      CONVERSION UNSUCCESSFUL – Lyon misses and it finishes 26-22 Melbourne. What a win by the Storm.

      FULLTIME:

      Sea Eagles 22
      Storm 26

    • Roar Guru

      8:49pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:49pm | ! Report

      TRY SEA EAGLES – Whare scores in the corner and the Sea Eagles score but they have 30 seconds left here. Manly however have accepted their fate though…

      Sea Eagles 22
      Storm 26

    • Roar Guru

      8:47pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:47pm | ! Report

      79′ – Manly are attacking Melbourne’s line but the Storm should hold on here for a great win…..

      Sea Eagles 18
      Storm 26

    • Roar Guru

      8:46pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:46pm | ! Report

      78′ – Melbourne regain possession with Duffie who has been superb tonight. Duffie however has lost possession here and Manly will go right on the attack here.

      Sea Eagles 18
      Storm 26

    • Roar Guru

      8:46pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:46pm | ! Report

      77′ – Sea Eagles now deep in their own half here as Foran has some space and finds Whare. Sea Eagles throwing caution to the wind here.

      Sea Eagles 18
      Storm 26

    • Roar Guru

      8:45pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:45pm | ! Report

      76′ – Galuvao with a good run here as the Sea Eagles reach Melbourne territory but they need to score soon here. Cherry-Evans with a kick now and Taufua now regathers and finds Whare. Cherry-Evans now with a kick but Smith regathers possession brilliantly. Storm survive.

      Sea Eagles 18
      Storm 26

    • Roar Guru

      8:43pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:43pm | ! Report

      74′ – I have to say that Stewart’s departure has left a huge hole in Manly’s forwards. They have lacked punch in this second half. Melbourne have dominated territory in the second half as Manly get the changeover.

      Sea Eagles 18
      Storm 26

    • Roar Guru

      8:42pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:42pm | ! Report

      73′ – Manly becoming sloppy in attack here as Lyon kicks deep and it goes dead and Melbourne get the 20 metre tap. Storm edging ever closer to a great win here.

      Sea Eagles 18
      Storm 26

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