Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles: NRL Finals live scores, blog

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    Melbourne Vs. Manly

    2012 NRL Premiership Season, 22 September, 2012

    AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
    Melbourne 40 defeated Manly 12
    Melbourne Manly
    40 FINAL SCORE 12
    7 TRIES 2
    2/2 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/1 FIELD GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • Melbourne - Cameron Smith 10pts (0T 5G)
    • Manly - Jamie Lyon 12pts (2T 2G)
    Important moments:
    • Melbourne took the lead at the 6 min. mark 1st half
    • Gareth Widdop (Melb) scored at the 77 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: M Cecchin
    Touch judges: S Carrall & R Turner

    The Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles clash in a terrific preliminary final pitting two of the NRL’s most dominant teams against each other for a place in next week’s Grand Final. Join us for NRL live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.

    Melbourne and Manly have become a staple in finals football, setting the standard for rugby league excellence over the past few seasons.

    In 2011, the Storm were 80 minutes away from their fifth grand final appearance in six years but were denied by a Warriors side that caused a major boilover at AAMI Park. The Storm were defeated 12-20.

    That loss has stung Melbourne deeply and they will be keen to make the most of their home ground advantage tonight against the reigning premiers.

    After a major hiccup against Canterbury a fortnight ago, the Sea Eagles got back on track with a controversial victory against the in-form Cowboys last week.

    Despite securing the win, the Sea Eagles struggled to put the Cowboys away after leading 12 nil early and can ill-afford to drop their intensity against Melbourne tonight.


    With Jason Ryles missing for Melbourne, the Sea Eagles possess an important edge upfront and will be keen to turn this match into an arm wrestle.

    Manly blew the Cowboys away early up the middle of the park, with Anthony Watmough, Jason King, Tony Williams, Brent Kite and Glenn Stewart all getting over the advantage line for the majority of the first half.

    If the Sea Eagles forwards can replicate last week’s intensity, they should just get the better of a hardworking Storm pack.

    Manly also need to keep their discipline in check tonight against Melbourne. The Storm were clinical against South Sydney a fortnight ago and kept the Rabbitohs on the back foot for the majority of the contest.

    When they find their rhythm, Melbourne is almost impossible to break down, particularly at AAMI Park where star trio Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater continue to dominate.

    Playing in front of a big home crowd, the Storm will be keen to get out of the blocks early and will look to punish any ill-discipline that the Sea Eagles produce during the first half.

    If Melbourne does manage to get the first try on the board, the Sea Eagles will have a hard time wrestling momentum away from a side that simply loves to play on the front foot.

    The same can be said of Manly, who continue to amass a wonderful winning record after scoring the first try of a match.

    Manly has won 28 of its past 29 matches after scoring the first try. It is an outstanding statistic that truly demonstrates how clinical and confident the Sea Eagles can become when they register first points.

    With both teams known for their clinical and professional edge, tonight’s contest should go down to the wire.

    Although the Storm failed to make the most of their home ground advantage last season, expect Melbourne to leave nothing in the tank tonight as they just edge Manly in one of the matches of the season.

    Storm by 4

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    • 9:44am
      Bearfax said | 9:44am | ! Report

      Boo hoo hioo. well congratulation Manly for getting this far. I expected 8th place, but Toovey proved a better coach straight off than expected. But in the end that old Nemesis brought them down with a thud. Melbourne are certainly playing like premiers at the moment. Personally I’m hoping for a Melbourne-South grandfinal now that my favourite is gone for the season. Whoever gets there, it should be a a top class game. Three very fine teams remain.

    • 10:00pm
      PLANKO said | 10:00pm | ! Report

      Collingwood coming back hard people … High Shot good call mate have a good one…. I am watching something interesting now. Good night oikee take it easy on the rum son. I dont like the game but it is tense

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      The High Shot said | 9:46pm | ! Report


      7 PENALTIES 4
      8 SCRUMS 6
      32/38 (84%) COMPLETIONS/SETS 16/28 (57%)
      8 LINE BREAKS 0
      190 TACKLES 298
      7 OFFLOADS 5
      8 ERRORS 17

      • 9:56pm
        Danno1 said | 9:56pm | ! Report

        Looking at those stats, I reckon Toovey’ll be singing “Horror Movie” though the night, whilst staring at the ceiling.

        • 10:03pm
          Andy said | 10:03pm | ! Report

          Toovey will flip a table at the aftermatch press conference.

      • 10:53pm
        Meesta Cool said | 10:53pm | ! Report

        To all the Manly fans who gloated about the 40-0 scoreline in 2008,

        This was a carbon copy, tonight Manly were worn out by three successive hard games, playing a team that is coming into form with a week off to relax and repair injuries. — same scenerio as Grand Final!. same result!. yup 40 is a relativly easy achievement against a worn out, injury ridden team… I will not gloat!.

    • 9:45pm
      Andy said | 9:45pm | ! Report

      It was the match against the bulldogs all over again. Terrible Manly.

      • 9:49pm
        PLANKO said | 9:49pm | ! Report

        They were much worse than the dogs mate that was their worst game of the season… Great timing eh

        • 10:02pm
          Andy said | 10:02pm | ! Report

          The comparison between the errors and the completion rates tells the entire story of the match. Still have to give credit to some players, like Lyon all class.

          • 10:04pm
            yewonk said | 10:04pm | ! Report

            two games too many for manly. they were broken tonight

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      The High Shot said | 9:42pm | ! Report

      Complete domination from the Victorian side in the second half. Manly did themselves no favours by constantly dropping the ball and giving away a few unnecessary penalties but the Storm took advantage of just about everything Manly gave them.

      For Manly it’s hard to think of a stand out good performance apart from Jamie Lyon and probably Bretty Stewart. Lyon tried everything to keep his team in the competition, including scoring 100% of their points. Stewart was safe but didn’t get much of a chance to show what he can do with the ball.

      Melbourne’s every player contributed tonight but predictably it was the big 3 who did the damage. Smith steered the ship, Cronk was accurate and creative and Slater was just magical.

      Whoever plays this resurgent Storm team next week are going to have to bring their very best game.

      My man of the match is Billy Slater.

      Thanks for reading, bad luck Manly fans and we’ll see you next season.

      MELBOURNE – 40

      MANLY – 12

    • 9:41pm
      p.Tah said | 9:41pm | ! Report

      Are Manly still being prescribed Stilnox?

      • 9:45pm
        PLANKO said | 9:45pm | ! Report

        Very good they were all on it tonight go the SWANS LOL…. Oikee that is what happens when your team goes ….

      • 9:45pm
        Danno1 said | 9:45pm | ! Report

        Gold 🙂

    • 9:39pm
      Johnno said | 9:39pm | ! Report

      That match was a dud. A failed finals series so far. For me the only 2 matches that have captured my passion and i have watched every NRL finals match haS BEEN 2:

      NTH QLD VS Brisbane at dairy famers townsville

      Canberra VS Cronulla at bruce stadium canberra

      Both matches had fanatical local crowds rugby league crowds rugby league people unlike ALF mad melbourne.

      And real passion, that green machine passion was awesome best energy of a crowd all year same without he cowboys vs the broncs.

      • 9:43pm
        Danno1 said | 9:43pm | ! Report

        If this was an end of round game of no consequence, say last playing third last, there would be a stewards inquiry.

        God knows what happened to Manly, but I think a few of their players, DCE, Tuafua, Glenn Stewart, Tony Williams and King may be off to the room of mirrors in the off season.

        (I hope Williams learns a bit before he gets to the Dogs!)

        • 10:16pm
          Matt said | 10:16pm | ! Report

          How many dropped balls did they do, christ, they need some smaller tits and they might catch a few more.

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        The High Shot said | 9:43pm | ! Report

        Plenty of atmosphere tonight I reckon even tho the game was one-sided.

      • 10:11pm
        Renegade said | 10:11pm | ! Report

        The atmosphere seemed pretty good too me….

    • 9:39pm
      Stanza said | 9:39pm | ! Report

      didn’t feel like Manly turned up tonight with so many dropped ball. Melbourne clinical as always. Thanks High Shot for your live blog.

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