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Melbourne Vs. Newcastle
2016 NRL Premiership Season, 3 April, 2016
|AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC|
|Melbourne 18 defeated Newcastle 14|
|Referee: Perenara, H|
|Touch judges: Suttor, B & Ryan, D|
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The Storm have managed to secure the win, overturning an eight point deficit in the second half to record an 18-14 victory.
Newcastle were very competitive today and if they stay on this path, they will record their fair share of wins before season’s end.
Melbourne have recorded their 300th victory and most importantly join Brisbane on top of the ladder.
The Melbourne Storm are coming off their first defeat of the season, but are expected to bounce back strongly against the struggling Newcastle Knights. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3pm (AEDT).
Newcastle’s search for a maiden victory in 2016 doesn’t get any easier today, as they face a Storm outfit with a strong record at home.
After a promising start against the Warriors last week, Newcastle succumbed 40-18 after leading 12-6 well into the first half.
Defence is a major concern for the Knights, and Nathan Brown’s men could be in for a long afternoon if Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk are allowed to dictate terms.
Melbourne’s backline though has been hit hard with injuries and suspensions to key players, such as Marika Koroibete and Curtis Scott. Will Chambers and Cameron Munster however ensure that the Storm still possess enough class to ask questions of the Knights’ defence.
As for Newcastle, they would be wise to feed possession to winger Nathan Ross. The rising star has impressed when given space to attack, as evidenced by his great individual try against the Warriors last week. If Jarrod Mullen and Trent Hodkinson can get him involved, Newcastle’s attack will improve tenfold.
The problem for the Novocastrians thus far though has been their inability to complete sets – with the worst completion rate in the NRL, the Knights are unable to put teams under sustained pressure.
If Newcastle can fix this aspect of their game, then they are in with a chance. If not, Melbourne will secure a comfortable victory at home.
Storm by 12.