NRL live scores, blog: Melbourne Storm vs New Zealand Warriors

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    After last week’s snatch-and-grab win over the Tigers, the Warriors travel to AAMI Park to face off with the Storm to decide who will move into the NRL Grand Final. Join us from 7.30pm AEST for live scores and a blog of all the action.

    The Warriors will have a tough task ahead of them against the minor premiers Melbourne, who come into this one with a week’s rest after dispatching the Knights 18-10 in week one.

    New Zealand will not be concerned about the prospect of facing Melbourne at their home ground, after they won earlier there this year, and famously defeated Melbourne in a 1 v 8 final several years ago.

    In 2011 the games are split, with Melbourne avenging their Round 7 loss with a clinical 16-8 win at Mt Smart Stadium in Round 16.

    Melbourne have had a steely determination throughout the year, and one game from setting up a dream Grand Final with fierce rivals Manly, they are unlikely to let the Warriors ambush them twice.

    However, the Warriors have nothing to lose and will play with freedom under little pressure, with the spotlight firmly on the Storm.

    Melbourne came into the 2011 finals series off two conecutive defeats and hardly set the world on fire against Newcastle, but big-game players like Cronk, Smith and Slater shouldn’t take their eye off the prize tonight.

    In reality, New Zealand were rather fortunate to come away from the Sydney Football Stadium with the win last week, and they were comprehensively dismantled by Brisbane a week earlier.

    Melbourne have had the benefit of the week off and will be well prepared for tonight, and it’s hard to see anything but a Melbourne vs Manly coming up next Sunday.

    Key Match Up: Shaun Johnson vs Cooper Cronk

    In what might be a mismatched battle, young Johnson will need to try to remain calm and steer his attack around the park.

    While his flashes of brilliance are great to watch, consistency, and above all ball control, will be the key to beating Melbourne.

    Cooper Cronk will simply have to do what he has been doing all year, and his combination with Billy Slater has become even more potent in recent weeks.

    My Tip

    Melbourne will be too strong for a Warriors outfit, who seemed like they played their Grand Final last Friday night. Melbourne by 10.

    Will this be as simple as it looks on paper? Or can the unpredictable Warriors provide yet another shock to the NRL finals series? This is an interactive blog, so join us from 7.30pm AEST and leave your thought belows on the action as it unfolds.

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    • September 24th 2011 @ 9:23pm
      Patrick Angel said | September 24th 2011 @ 9:23pm | ! Report

      VIDEO REFEREE – POSSIBLE WARRIORS TRY – Brown looks to have grounded for a Warriors try off a Maloney kick into acres of space. There might have been a Locke knock on.

    • September 24th 2011 @ 9:24pm
      Patrick Angel said | September 24th 2011 @ 9:24pm | ! Report

      NO TRY – 14-12 to the Warriors. in the 69th minute.

    • September 24th 2011 @ 9:25pm
      Patrick Angel said | September 24th 2011 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

      70′ Smith kick goes to Locke and the Warriors make their way out from 20m out. Storm have one interchange left with Proctor in the centres with 10 minutes left. 14-12 to the Warriors.

    • September 24th 2011 @ 9:26pm
      Patrick Angel said | September 24th 2011 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

      71′ Anthony Quinn almost dropped the low kick, off the boot. That was very close. 14-12 to the Warriors.

    • September 24th 2011 @ 9:27pm
      Patrick Angel said | September 24th 2011 @ 9:27pm | ! Report

      72′ Great pressure on the kicker again from the Warriors, Locke takes the kick and the grind continues. This is a really great game. 14-12 to the Warriors.

    • September 24th 2011 @ 9:29pm
      Patrick Angel said | September 24th 2011 @ 9:29pm | ! Report

      73′ Scrum to the Storm on the halfway line after a double knock on. This is their first look at the Warriors half in a long, long time. 14-12 to the Warriors.

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