It was Billy Slater already playing at a scintillating pace after just one game, with the QLD and Australian fullback scoring a late winner to award the Melbourne Storm a 24-19 win over the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium.
Despite scoring two tries however, Slater will find himself facing a nervous wait, after being placed on report for a high tackle on opposite fullback Josh Dugan.
The Raiders very nearly won the game in front of a 7862 capacity crowd, after Dugan slotted a field goal to give the Raiders a one point lead.
It was the Cronk and Slater show after that, though, with the two combining to score the winning try for the Storm.
Despite the high shot, Slater said that the moment passed him by rather quickly.
“I felt bad as soon as I did it, but there was no malice there,” he said.
“So whatever happens happens.”
Despite already getting off to a good start, Slater placed an emphasis on the Storm team as a whole, for their commitment in keeping the Raiders at bay for so long.
“This isn’t an easy place to come and win a game of football – it was a courageous win by the boys.
“But it’s not a smart man’s game here, we just had to hold the football, especially in these conditions.”
Whilst accepting the loss, Raiders coach David Furner was rather displeased at one disallowed try that the Raiders had via Blake Ferguson, that was ruled a no-try due to a forward pass.
“How a pocket referee can make that decision? There’s certainly a question there,” said Furner.
“It just made it harder to get back.”
NRL News Dally M Points
Billy Slater â€“ 3
Cooper Cronk â€“ 2
Shaun Fensom â€“ 1