A week after being humiliated by South Sydney, the Melbourne Storm has comprehensively beaten the Penrith Panthers by 32 points to 12. After a big clash in Townsville last week it appears that Penrith just didn�t turn up to play and lacked any sort of intensity. But take nothing away from Melbourne as they hit back with a crushing victory to return to the winners circle.
Penrith have lost their first game in 9 weeks, breaking a record winning streak at the club. But coach Johnny Lang couldn�t be too upset, as Penrith have become somewhat of a benchmark in recent weeks and many clubs look forward to knocking them off.
League Unlimited Player of the Year Awards
3 points � Matt Orford 2 points � Robbie Kearns 1 point � Preston Campbell
By the clock:
8 min: Penalty goal kicked by Orford and the Storm take a 2-nil lead.
14 min: Penalty to the Panthers sees Preston Campbell kick a goal. Scores now level at 2-all.
18 min: TRY - Penrith. Luke Lewis scores for the home team. Campbell misses the goal. Penrith lead 6-2.
22 min: TRY - Melbourne. Storm winger Marcus Bai goes in for the visitors. Scores locked at 6-all.
23 min: Orford converts the Bai try, Melbourne lead 8-6.
28 min: TRY - Melbourne. Matt Geyer scores for the Storm and extend their lead to 12-6.
30 min: Orford converts and the Storm lead 14-6.
37 min: TRY - Melbourne. David Kidwell charges over and the visitors have racked up a nifty lead going into half time. Melbourne 18 Penrith 6.
38 min: Orford keeps his perferct record tonight intact with his 4th goal. Storm lead by 20 points to 6.
Storm in control of this clash, dominating the Panthers and out-playing them. The Victorian side could spoil Penrith's 8 game winning streak.
46 min: TRY - Melbourne. Halfback Matt Orford bags a four pointer to push the lead out to 24-6.
47 min: Orford makes no mistake adding the extras on his own try. Melbourne lead 26-6.
65 min: TRY - Melbourne. Robbie Kearns caps off a great week when he cleans up a loose ball after a mistake by Scott Sattler in the in-goal area. Try referred to vidoe referee and is awarded. Melbourne lead 30 points to 6.
67 min: Matt Orford converts easily. Melbourne 32 Penrith 6.
72 min: TRY - Penrith. Wesser gets a consolation try from a clever kick by Preston Campbell. Melbourne lead 32-10.
73 min: Campbell converts to reduce the deficit to 20 points. Melbourne lead 32-12.