Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog
Mercurial Billy Slater for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL (Image: AAP)
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Melbourne Vs. Gold Coast
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 11 August, 2012
|AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC|
|Melbourne 24 defeated Gold Coast 16|
|Referee: S Hayne|
|Touch judges: Luke Potter & Henry Perenara|
The Gold Coast Titans need a win to stay in touch with the top eight but travel to AAMI Park to face a Melbourne Storm side rediscovering its best form. Join us for NRL live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
After five straight losses, Melbourne finally came to life last week as they disposed of the Panthers by 40 points.
With their season on the downward spiral, the Storm simply needed to respond against Penrith, and respond they did, running in 8 tries to secure a terrific win.
Whether that victory will serve as the catalyst to reignite Melbourne’s premiership campaign will be known tonight when they face the much improved Titans.
The Gold Coast fell to South Sydney last week in a close game of football between two inform sides.
Despite their admirable effort in the 18-22 defeat against the Rabbitohs, the Titans are now out of the top eight and will be desperate to attain the two competition points tonight in a bid to keep their season alive.
Although Melbourne was red hot against the Panthers, the Storm will have to work harder to crack the Titans.
Despite trailing 22-6 last week, the Titans never gave up and stormed to within four points before eventually succumbing to South Sydney.
Such an effort demonstrates that the Gold Coast will not die wondering tonight, so the Storm should expect a much tougher contest than last week’s effort against Penrith.
As always, the key to Melbourne’s success tonight surrounds the performance of their key trio.
Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith were all electric against the Panthers, and if they can pick up from where they left off, the Storm should have too much firepower for the Titans to handle.
That said, the Titans possess some of the NRL’s best defensive players with Luke Douglas, Luke Bailey, Ashley Harrison and Nate Myles all capable of making life difficult for the preceding Storm trio tonight.
While the Titans should not be underestimated, Melbourne showed enough signs last week to suggest that they have turned the corner, so expect the Storm to secure a tough win.
Storm by 8
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