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Mighty Melbourne Storm outclass noble Newcastle Knights

Melbourne Storm captain and hooker Cameron Smith









Two premiership contenders fought a tough battle at Central Coast Stadium, with the Melbourne Storm proving too strong in the final minutes to defeat the Newcastle Knights 26-12.

Melbourne were coming off a comprehensive win against South Sydney last week.

Meanwhile,  the Knights announced themselves as premiership contenders with a win against the Canberra Raiders.

Melbourne were without Jahrome Hughes, as Ryley Jacks came in at halfback for the first time this year.

It would be the Canadian international who opened the scoring after five minutes.

Jacks would capitalize off an opportunistic grubber in-field from Josh Addo-Carr.

Addo-Carr’s kick caught the Newcastle defense ball-watching in the in goal to score his first of the year.

A successful conversion from Cameron Smith would see the score move to 6-0 after as many minutes.

The next twenty minutes would be a grind for both sides, with Newcastle holding stout as the Storm peppered the goal line with repeat sets.

A rare attacking chance for the Knights in the 20th minute saw Ponga go through the defensive line of the Storm.

Only some resolute defence from Ryan Papenhuyzen was able to stop the Knights fullback millimetres out.

Cameron Smith played an outstanding game, setting up the next two tries.

First with a beautiful long ball from dummy half to Suliasi Vunivalu, who beat three Knights to get the ball down in the right hand corner.

A Smith conversion sent the Storm up 12-0, with the Knights reeling in defense.

Ten minutes later, Smith sent Tino Faasuamaleaui over from close range just left of the posts to further put the sword into the Knights defense.

Smith converted the try he set up to make it 18-0, as a penalty goal from Kalyn Ponga right on half time sent the game into the break at 18-2.

Melbourne kept steady in all aspects for the first ten minutes.

However ,a gift error from Suliasi Vunivalu gave the Knights a golden opportunity to which they took full advantage of.

A Kurt Mann grubber saw Bradman Best score his 5th try this season.

Kalyn Ponga misses the conversion from out wide to keep the score at 18-6.

The Knights had fans on the edge of their seats six minutes later.

Some great lead up play from Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga and Bradman Best saw Edrick Lee score in the left hand corner.

Ponga drilled the conversion attempt, setting up a tantalizing twenty minutes with the score at 18-12.

That would be as close as the Knights got, with Kalyn Ponga bombing a certain try by ignoring a 4-on-1 opportunity just minutes later.

Melbourne took advantage of that with a penalty goal after David Klemmer took out Dale Finucane right in front.

At 20-12 and with minutes left, the Knights could not muster up the grit to find a break.

Brandon Smith would live up to his nickname and burrow his way over from close range to put the game to bed for Melbourne.

Cameron Smith would keep his perfect kicking record, converting the final shot at goal as Melbourne ran away 26-12 winners on the Central Coast.

With three games left in round 5, the Knights give the Parramatta Eels a little breathing space at the top of the table.

Melbourne, conversely close the gap to the Eels, keeping the pressure on at the top of the table.

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Cameron Smith (MEL)

2. Dale Finucane (MEL)

  1. Tim Glasby (NEW)
Melbourne Storm lock Dale Finucane

Wests Tigers Vs Parramatta Eels Trial Teams

This Saturday marks the first trial for both clubs heading into the 2012 season. Both clubs have named strong teams to clash at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Live updates will be available for this match via @azsportza’s twitter

Wests Tigers

1. James Tedesco 2. Beau Ryan 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Joel Reddy 5. Matt Utai 6. Benji Marshall 7. Tim Moltzen 8. Aaron Woods 9. Pat Politoni 10. Keith Galloway 11. Adam Blair 12. Gareth Ellis 13. Chris Heighington

Interchange: 14. Liam Fulton 15. Matt Groat 16. Matt Bell 17. Tom Humble 18. Ben Murdoch-Masila

Parramatta Eels

1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Luke Burt 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Esi Tonga 5. Ken Sio 6. Ben Roberts 7. Chris Sandow 8. Tim Mannah 9. Matt Keating 10. Mitchell Allgood 11. Nathan Hindmarsh 12. Ben Smith 13. Justin Horo.

Interchange: 14. Casey McGuire 15. Taulima Tautai 16. Fuifui Moimoi 17. Taniela Lasalo 18. Cheyse Blair 19. Joseph Paulo 20. Justin Poore 23. Shane Shackleton


Saturday 11 February 2012, kickoff 7:30pm

Referees: Tony De Las Heras and Chris James

Touch Judges: Luke Walsh and Nick Beashel

Wests Tigers Trial Matches Details Confirmed

Wests Tigers on Wednesday confirmed details of two big trial matches to be played on February 11 and 18.

The first trial match will be held against the Parramatta Eels at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, on Saturday, February 11. Wests Tigers have a large following on the Central Coast and another bumper crowd is expected.

Three quality games of rugby league will be played at Bluetongue with the main NRL trial at 7.30pm.

The annual trial against the Roosters has traditionally been played at the Sydney Football Stadium but Wests Tigers is pleased to continue its recent trend of hosting more fixtures in Campbelltown.

Three trials will be played from 3.30pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday, January 23, from 9am through ProTicket and Wests Tigers Gearzone stores at Concord Oval and Campbelltown (Brands On Sale Outlet, Shop 234, 32 Queen Street).

Saturday, February 11, Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford

3.30pm: NSW State Cup: Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers v Wentworthville
5.15pm: NYC: Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels
7.30pm: NRL: Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels.


Saturday, February 18, Campbelltown Sports Stadium

3.30pm: NSW State Cup: Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers v Newtown Jets
5.15pm: NYC: Wests Tigers v Sydney Roosters
7.30pm: NRL: Wests Tigers v Sydney Roosters

Tickets: On sale Monday, January 23, 9am

By Wests Tigers Media