Sloppy Sea Eagles make it easy for Storm

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    Manly won the 2011 NRL premiership playing mistake-free, clinical football and surrendered it 12 months later doing the complete opposite as Melbourne cruised to a 40-12 win in Friday’s preliminary final at AAMI Park.

    The Storm deserved to book their place in the grand final for the first time since the salary cap scandal saw them stripped of their 2007 and 2009 premierships.

    But their job was made so much easier by the sloppy Sea Eagles, who made 16 errors and missed 34 tackles in Melbourne – much to the chagrin of coach Geoff Toovey who was blowing a gasket in the coaching box.

    Anthony Watmough, just two days after he revealed he had issues with Stillnox seven years ago, started the nightmare, losing the ball on the second tackle of the game.

    A last-ditch tackle from Brett Stewart prevented a try to Mahe Fanua, but the Storm made no mistake soon after when Tony Williams dropped the ball cold and Cooper Cronk ran it home for the opening four points of the game.

    In-form winger Jorge Taufua continued the horror show when a harmless-looking Cameron Smith kick bounced off his knee, over his hands and into touch.

    From the subsequent scrum, Billy Slater darted over from dummy-half and appeared to have dropped the ball over the line, only for the try to be awarded the benefit of the doubt by the video referees.

    A third Storm try came on the halfway-mark of the opening stanza from Will Chambers, but Smith’s poor kicking game kept the score at a manageable 12-0.

    And when Sea Eagles skipper Jamie Lyon rose highest to pluck the ball out of the air, AFL-style, from a Daly Cherry-Evans kick, there was hope of a miracle as his side trailed 12-6 at the break.

    But any hope of an improvement in the second half was short-lived.

    Chambers brushed aside a weak Steve Matai tackle, and set up Cronk for a fourth Storm try just after the restart.

    And the errors kept coming and coming.

    Even the usually brilliant Glenn Stewart, got in on the act, knocking-on at the base of the scrum allowing prop Jesse Bromwich to score.

    Slater added his second on the hour mark to blow out the scoreline, and to add insult to injury, Jason King joined in the Comedy of Errors, spilling the ball in his own half.

    And the ruthless Storm spread the ball wide for Kevin Proctor to score his side’s seventh try.

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    • September 22nd 2012 @ 6:51am
      Manly Man said | September 22nd 2012 @ 6:51am | ! Report

      This probably the worst I’ve seen manly Perform in a long time the storm deserved the win despite that video ref call although they have got to do something about the video refs.
      Maybe next year Manly

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 7:34am
      Chris morrison said | September 22nd 2012 @ 7:34am | ! Report

      Video ref call was correct. As u can see when u watch the video kieran foran knocks the ball out of slaters hand slater then lands on the ball. TRY

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        September 22nd 2012 @ 8:09am
        steve b said | September 22nd 2012 @ 8:09am | ! Report

        C.M Slater dropped the ball ,,full stop FFS LOOK AT IT AGAIN ,we did on frame by frame NO TRY .NEVER EVER !!!!

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 7:55am
      Manly Man said | September 22nd 2012 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      No it wasn’t a try

      • September 22nd 2012 @ 9:38am
        Paul said | September 22nd 2012 @ 9:38am | ! Report

        Yeah manly man u were probably hard done by there. Fortunately it had no bearing on the outcome unlike last weeks game…

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 8:50am
      Chrisco said | September 22nd 2012 @ 8:50am | ! Report

      Great, now Manly can go back and practice their rugby league, instead of the thuggery they have played this season (and possibly previous).The thing is if they played the way the Storm did and ignored the in your face or hand in your face … or elbow in your face tactics, they would be a great team. When all this didn’t work for them they realized they actually had to play rugby league but hadn’t practiced.

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 9:00am
      Chris morrison said | September 22nd 2012 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      Steve I know ur a Melbourne hater but u look at it again champ and just like last week foran gets a touch on it. This time he pays for it. Tough call but correct.

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 9:00am
      Chris morrison said | September 22nd 2012 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      Steve I know ur a Melbourne hater but u look at it again champ and just like last week foran gets a touch on it. This time he pays for it. Tough call but correct.

      • September 22nd 2012 @ 12:21pm
        Smile said | September 22nd 2012 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

        CM – seriously? Really? You’re happy for that to be a try?

        You are in the 1% of the population. You should send your resume to Mr Harrigan and Raper.

        Manly were terrible. That was one of the worst performances of the season – for any team in the comp.

        Melbourne are starting to find that early season form again. The winner of todays game will need to be at their best next week.

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