Melbourne Storm vs St George Illawarra Dragons: NRL live scores, blog

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    Melbourne Vs. St George-Illa.

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 11 March, 2013

    AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
    Melbourne 30 defeated St George-Illa. 10
    Melbourne St George-Illa.
    30 FINAL SCORE 10
    5 TRIES 2
    5/5 CONVERSION KICKS 1/2
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
     
    Top scorers:
    • Melbourne - Cameron Smith 10pts (0T 5G)
    • St George-Illa. - Jamie Soward 6pts (1T 1G)
    Important moments:
    • Melbourne took the lead at the 15 min. mark 1st half
    • Cameron Smith (Melb) scored at the 73 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: Cecchin, M
    Touch judges: Younis, J & Atkins, G

    Reigning premiers Melbourne Storm will look to get their premiership defence off to the perfect start when they host St George Illawarra Dragons this afternoon. Join us for live scores and commentary from 3.00pm AEDT.

    Melbourne yet again begin another season as premiership favourites after beating the Canterbury Bulldogs 14-4 in last year’s grand final.

    It was a just reward for a club that has set new benchmarks for consistent excellence in the NRL and they will be heavily favoured to account for the Dragons today at their AAMI Park fortress.

    The Storm already enter season 2013 on a high after winning the World Club Challenge in England in February.

    In a tough contest, Melbourne beat the Leeds Rhinos 18-14 and should be physically ready to take on a tough Dragons side that will be very keen to rise to the occasion against the reigning premiers away from home.

    Prediction

    If there is one area where Melbourne can be vulnerable, it is up front, so expect the Dragons to keep things tight up the middle by completing their sets and playing for territory during the opening exchanges.

    On the few occasions the Storm tasted defeat last season, they usually found themselves significantly outmuscled by bigger forward packs.

    The Dragons certainly have size on their side this afternoon and will cause Melbourne problems if Michael Weyman, Mitch Rein, Dan Hunt, Bronson Harrison and Ben Creagh play well upfront.

    If the Dragons do find themselves winning the arm wrestle, it is imperative halves Jamie Soward and Nathan Fien keep the Storm pinned with their respective kicking games.

    The Storm are masters of dictating the tempo of play when given field position and subpar performances from Soward in particular will go a long way to handing victory to Melbourne.

    While the Dragons will certainly know what to do with the football early on, it is what they do without it that will determine if they can cause the upset today.

    St George Illawarra (like most teams) will have its hands full trying to contain Storm quartet Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Gareth Widdop and Cooper Cronk.

    Indeed stopping Smith, Slater, Widdop and Cronk from playing well in Melbourne ranks as the most difficult task to complete in the NRL.

    The chemistry they share in attack is legendary and they invariably find a way to put any opposition to the sword when playing at home or away.

    Regardless of the difficult task ahead, the Dragons do have an early opportunity to really gain momentum and confidence with a strong showing this afternoon.

    With this in mind, expect the Dragons to give a solid account of themselves before eventually succumbing to the Storm in a tough contest.

    Melbourne by 8.

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • Roar Guru

      4:48pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:48pm | ! Report

      The Dragons have not beaten the Storm in Melbourne since 1999 and that record remains intact as Melbourne dished up a 30-10 victory over St George Illawarra today. The Storm were just a class above the Dragons today with usual superstars Smith, Cronk and Slater dominating for Melbourne. Widdop and O’Neill were also very good. The Dragons really didn’t show much in attack today but kept themselves alive with tries to Soward and Nightingale against the run of play. Melbourne though were always in control and once again look like the team to beat in 2013. Thanks for your company today and join us later this evening for Sharks -Titans

      Storm 30
      Dragons 10

    • Roar Guru

      4:45pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:45pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME:

      Storm 30
      Dragons 10

    • Roar Guru

      4:45pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:45pm | ! Report

      Game has died down here but Melbourne really had this game won at halftime. Slater, Cronk, Smith and Widdop just possessed too much class for the Dragons to handle today

      Storm 30
      Dragons 10

    • Roar Guru

      4:44pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:44pm | ! Report

      Melbourne run it on the last and Chambers kicks in field but its a poor kick and the Dragons get possession back

      Storm 30
      Dragons 10

    • Roar Guru

      4:43pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:43pm | ! Report

      Rein with a bomb now and Fonua takes the football very well under pressure. Melbourne very safe as usual and will stroll to victory in the end

      Storm 30
      Dragons 10

    • Roar Guru

      4:42pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:42pm | ! Report

      Stanley now down injured here. Looks like a knee injury.

      Storm 30
      Dragons 10

    • Roar Guru

      4:40pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:40pm | ! Report

      Cronk with a driving kick but the football goes dead and the Dragons get the 20 metre tap. Game is over now with just minutes remaining

      Storm 30
      Dragons 10

    • Roar Guru

      4:40pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:40pm | ! Report

      Well Melbourne will open their account in style today and look on course yet again for another strong season. The Dragons have plenty to work on in attack this season.

      Storm 30
      Dragons 10

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