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    Knights vs Storm

    NRL, 19 August, 2017

    McDonald Jones Stadium
    Fulltime - Knights 12, Storm 44
    Knights   Storm
    12 FINAL SCORE 44
    2 TRIES 8
    Referee: Adam Gee
    Touch judges: Jason Walsh & Dave Ryan
    Video Referee: Jared Maxwell

    Match result:

    The Melbourne Storm have reminded the Newcastle Knights of just how much work is needed to reach their level after a dominant 44-12 victory at McDonald Jones Stadium this afternoon.

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    Final score
    Newcastle Knights 12
    Melbourne Storm 44

    Match preview:

    Wooden spoon contenders the Newcastle Knights host premiership favourites the Melbourne Storm in a contest that could be a lot closer than expected. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3pm AEST.

    Its a battle between first and last on the NRL ladder, but don’t be fooled into believing that today’s contest has a Melbourne win written all over it.

    The Newcastle Knights are finishing the year strongly, courtesy of three straight wins over the Warriors, Dragons and Eels that now has them in a real fight against the Tigers to avoid the wooden spoon.

    Knights coach Nathan Brown is eager for his troops to assess themselves against a team like Melbourne before the season ends, and today’s performance will provide a better indication as to where the Knights truly stand as a unit heading into next year.

    The Storm were fortunate to secure another win at home against the Roosters last week, but as is often the case, Craig Bellamy’s men found a way to win, even when not at their best.

    With that said, Melbourne may be due for a loss as the finals draw near, and it would not surprise to see Bellamy rest several of his star players during the last three rounds of the season in order to preserve them for September. The fact that Cooper Cronk will sit out today’s contest speaks volumes about Bellamy’s approach heading into the business end of the year.

    The other major concern for Bellamy involves Melbourne losing form at the wrong time of the season, so the coach has to find a way to avoid the Storm losing momentum, while at the same time, resting his star players ahead of the finals.

    The Knights are a chance of causing the upset at home. They are playing with renewed vigour and should challenge Melbourne considerably this afternoon. The Storm are due for a defeat considering their unconvincing performance last week and may just slip up here.

    Knights by 4

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    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 4:57pm | ! Report

      The scoreline didn’t reflect the effort put in by the Knights. Minor Premiers again, very good effort by the Storm. Very happy to see the big men finally kick in and take control as they will be needed come finals. Also glad to see Nelson Asofa-Solomona finally playing to his potential. Still a few mistakes in his game but he is coming along nicely. The Storm didn’t really play that well and hopefully the big score doesn’t paper over their overall performance. Also awesome game by Brodie Croft, looks like they didn’t have to look outside for Cronks replacement next year. In fact all the young guns stood up, Croft, Curtis Scott, NAS. The future is looking good.

      • 4:53am
        RM said | 4:53am | ! Report

        Storm’s future looks like it will be in very good hands with Croft, Scott, Brandon Smith and Hughes at fullback. Any club should envy the system the Storm has for scouting and then developing talented players.

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 4:52pm | ! Report

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      Knights 12
      Storm 44

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 4:47pm | ! Report

      Asofa-Solomona puts the icing on the cake, scoring a try right on the siren! Melbourne with another masterful performance this afternoon.



      Knights 12
      Storm 44

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 4:46pm | ! Report


      Knights 12
      Storm 42

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 4:44pm | ! Report

      78′ – So much for my prediction. No signs of a hangover here. Do Melbourne need a lose though heading into the finals??? Can they maintain this terrific winning momentum?

      Knights 12
      Storm 38

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 4:41pm | ! Report

      75′ – Newcastle have barely attacked in the second half. Melbourne take complete control of this contest after doing the hard yards in the first half, even with a player in the bin. Storm too fit and too good.

      Knights 12
      Storm 38

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 4:37pm | ! Report

      The Storm enjoying themselves now as Vunivalu crosses for Melbourne! It wouldn’t be a typical Melbourne victory without Vunivalu crossing for a try!. Gee the Storm really have no weaknesses across the park. To be honest, it is their premiership to lose…and that alone is their worst enemy…expectation is extremely high and Bellamy knows it.


      Knights 12
      Storm 38

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 4:35pm | ! Report


      Knights 12
      Storm 38

    • Roar Guru

      Alan Nicolea said | 4:33pm | ! Report

      68′ – Great effort from Melbourne this afternoon without Cronk. They could have turned up a little out of form after last week’s tight win over the Roosters, but once again they produce a professional performance to outplay a Knights team that was high on confidence. Reality check for Newcastle. A lot of work needs to be done during the off season to reach Melbourne’s level.

      Knights 12
      Storm 34

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