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He will be in the squad but needs to be a starter. He’s versatile through central midfield.

Jackson Irvine can become a household name under Van Marwijk

He isn’t a target forward which is how he’s being played. Looks a bit lost at the moment. One that would suit Tottenham perfectly is Kane was to go to Real Madrid in my opionion.

Morata's not a bad buy, he's just being played poorly

1st- Redzel
2nd- Vega Magic
3rd- Brave Smash
4th- Chautauqua

The Everest 2017: live race updates, blog

And the gates are back and we are off and racing.
An even line out with Chautauqua as always dropping back with English. Up top they are setting an honest tempo while they sort themselves out.

A tightly packed field up front as they pass the 800m mark. Houtzen continues to push through underneath Redzel to lead. Vega Magic has been taken back off the speed to find a spot. Brave Smash travels well back in the pack.

At the 600m Redzel and Houtzen set the genuine tempo upfront as She Will Reign creeps up on the inside looking for a rails run on the turn. Redkirk Warrior and Brave Smash track into it nicely while Clearly Innocent under hard riding is not picking up these back markers are giving off a big start with 400m to go Chautauqua and English will have to be Phar Lap to win from there.

As they corner Houtzen and Redzel give a kick as Redzel gives a kick away. Vega Magic looks the main danger down the outside as Brave Smash, Chautauqua and English look for gaps in the pack.

Coming past the 100m though Redzel has put 2 lengths on them as the backmarkers close but it will be too late. Great win by Redzel. Vega Magic runs into a second a length off and Brave Smash in third. Chautauqua flies late for 4th that would be one mighty quick last 200m and Tulip good run along the rails late.

The Everest 2017: live race updates, blog

Horses have arrived behind the barriers and are about to be called forward. Who’s excited?!

The Everest 2017: live race updates, blog

We are just over 5 minutes until start time as the horses are being paraded around and about to enter the track. Vega Magic looks like it’ll start favourite but there has been support in the last hour for She Will Reign. This is sure to be one fun race.

The Everest 2017: live race updates, blog

Thanks for joining me tonight on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2017 NRL match where Melbourne Storm proved too good for the Canberra Raiders running out 32-6. Well done to Cameron Smith on a victory in his record equalling 355th game. I personally can’t see anyone beating the Storm on their recent performances and it will be interesting to see how the Eels fare in their game against them. Thanks for joining me in what was a truly interesting game.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

Melbourne were in total control from the outset can you see anyone beating them? What are our thoughts on the game?

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

80′ Full time
Cronk grubbers into touch and neither team is bothered to pack the scrum. That is it.
Storm dominate in a 32-6 victory over the Canberra Raiders.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

Year in year our the rules are unclear on this and it needs to be black and white.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

78′ Conversion successful
Cameron Smith makes no mistake as he drives that over to extend the lead.

Storm- 32
Raiders- 6

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

77′ Try Tohu Harris
Harris breaks through and looks sure to score but has been given a no try on field. Surely he got that down definitely looks like it live. We go up to the bunker to see he has indeed grounded it and the Storm extend their lead as they hit the 30 mark with a kick to come.

Storm- 30
Raiders- 6

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

76′ Munster kicks to Addo Carr it looks long but he has been run off the ball. Addo Carr has been pushed into touch from Leilua. That is as a professional foul and penalty try as you will get as the ball pops up and he grounds it but he was out of the field of play. How is Leilua not sinned binned or a penalty try? The interpretations of this are always a grey area. When will we get these calls right?
Anyway the game continues with 4 minutes to go as Melbourne get a fresh set.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

75′ We have another coming together and no surprises it involves Joey Leilua who has been fired up all game. No penalty as Canberra attack. A big floating bomb that is recovered by Cronk after letting it bounce. Under 5 minutes to go. Will we see any more points?

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

We are seeing an exciting end to end game atleast.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

73′ No penalty as Storm get the scrum. Off the scrum there has been a short side play by the Storm where the ball has been knocked on by Austin who saved a break away and probable try. Replays show it came off his head and Canberra are unlucky not to end up with the ball.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

72′ After a good set Wighton makes a mini break but the offload again finds no one. Chambers has cleaned him up after passing and this may be a penalty to the Raiders.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

70′ As Raiders spread the ball side to side again they start to look like they could break the Storms defense. Good work up the middle. They spread it to the right and great ball hit Rapana who goes for the corner. I think he may have lost control over the line. He has taken out the cameraman in a great close up there. Yep he has lost the ball but a great effort by Jordan Rapana. Still no change to the score.

Storm- 26
Raiders- 6

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

68′ Here come the storm again as they break through ball from Bromwich on the inside to Slater who steps again and again but is eventually brought down. Their last tackle play is poor this time and Canberra Raiders come away with it.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

65′ Expansive football by Canberra who are loving spreading it out left tonight. Great metres made. As they spread back to the right they get a penalty for Melbourne being all over the ball. Fresh set of six. As they go back to the left a poor pass hits the hands of Croker as they turn the ball over again. Lacking precision here Canberra as it is not their night.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

64′ No Try Cronk
After a great kick from Smith back towards the posts first set after a try Cronk rakes in the ball and crashes in. It has gone to the bunker but he is offside and he won’t be getting a fairytale try in his likely last game ever here at home in the regular season.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

63′ Conversion successful Smith
Steps up and cooly slots it over.

Storm- 26
Raiders- 6

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

61′ Try Vunivalu
As the ball moves left Chambers puts in a perfectly timed grubber which Vunivalu picks up and does well to step inside Wighton and manoevre between two men to reach over them and plant the ball down in the right corner.

Storm- 24
Raiders- 6

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog

60′ Off the back of points Sezer grubbers when they have a big overlap on the left. Totally the wrong option but Croker dives on the ball but he has knocked on. Disappointing for the Raiders as Storm come away with it.

Melbourne Storm vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL live scores, blog