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Melbourne Storm 38-4 Leeds Rhinos

Friday 16th February 2018
KO: 20:00 - Round: Final

38-4 FT

HT: 18 4

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne

  • Melbourne Storm

  • Tries
    Jesse Bromwich, Brodie Croft, Suliasi Vunivalu, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Felise Kaufusi, Will Chambers, Dale Finucane,

  • Goals
    Cameron Smith 4, Cameron Munster,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Ryan Hall,

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Billy
Slater
Suliasi
Vunivalu
Will
Chambers
Curtis
Scott
Josh
Addo-Carr
Cameron
Munster
Brodie
Croft
Tim
Glasby
Felise
Kaufusi
Ryan
Hoffman
Dale
Finucane
Brandon
Smith
Nelson
Asofa-Solomona
Kenny
Bromwich
Christian
Welch

Official Report / Commentary

Leeds Rhinos fell to a 38-4 defeat at the hands of NRL champions Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge at AAMI Park.

The Betfred Super League champions took a 10th-minute lead when a great cut-out pass by Stevie Ward found Ryan Hall to dive in the corner, but captain Kallum Watkins could not convert.

Forward Jesse Bromwich levelled proceedings after he crashed over from close range before Melbourne moved in front for the first time through a Brodie Croft try, which Cameron Smith converted, to go 10-4 up after 25 minutes.

A Smith penalty extended their advantage before Suliasi Vunivalu showed his class with a mazy run to cross and Nelson Asofa-Solomona powered his way over the line either side of the half-time interval to increase the hosts’ lead to 24-4.

Felise Kaufusi sliced through the Leeds defence for Melbourne’s fifth try before Will Chambers pounced on a loose ball to dot down with nine minutes left, with Smith failing to convert both attempts.

Dale Finucane crossed the whitewash in the final play of the match to complete the scoring for Storm as Smith booted eight points to earn a record-equalling fourth World Club Challenge crown for the Australian outfit.

Despite defeat, Leeds head coach Brian McDermott remained upbeat about his side's display and believes they would be able to hold their own in the NRL.

“I’d like to say that, given 10 games like that, by game eight or nine or game 10, I reckon we’d be up to that level,” he told the post-match press conference.

“So we’ll learn some massive lessons from that. But unfortunately it will be another couple of games before we’re in a game as intense as that and in one played at that level.

“In the first half, while I never thought we had a grip on game, I never thought lost it completely either. It was a decent contest.

“It was always a challenge to come here and try to throw something at Melbourne which would trouble them. Five drives and a kick wouldn’t have, so we had to try something different.

“I thought Melbourne’s defence was outstanding, it was suffocating, and the more game went on the better they got, they really warmed up to it.

“We came up with challenging plays and tried to get some second phase going but they were just smothering, it was awesome defence.”

  • 80: TRY! scored for Melbourne by Dale Finucane
  • 80: GOAL! scored for Melbourne by Cameron Munster
  • 71: TRY! scored for Melbourne by Will Chambers
  • 57: TRY! scored for Melbourne by Felise Kaufusi
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Melbourne by Cameron Smith
  • 49: TRY! scored for Melbourne by Nelson Asofa-Solomona
  • 40: TRY! scored for Melbourne by Suliasi Vunivalu
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Melbourne by Cameron Smith
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Melbourne by Cameron Smith
  • 25: GOAL! scored for Melbourne by Cameron Smith
  • 24: TRY! scored for Melbourne by Brodie Croft
  • 17: TRY! scored for Melbourne by Jesse Bromwich
  • 9: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ryan Hall
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Melbourne Storm 7
    Leeds Rhinos 1

    Goals:

    Melbourne Storm 5
    Leeds Rhinos 0