Storm secure 16-14 NRL win over Knights
Next Game: The Season has finished
16 Jun 2013
The Storm have fought back to secure a 16-14 victory over Newcastle in their NRL clash in Melbourne, with Billy Slater scoring the match-winning try.
Star Melbourne fullback Billy Slater steered the Storm to a 16-14 come-from-behind win over Newcastle on Sunday in their NRL clash at AAMI Park.
The victory was Melbourne's third straight and the Knights' fourth successive loss, leaving them outside the top eight.
Newcastle were well positioned for an upset - their first since 2004 on Melbourne's home turf - with a 14-10 lead at halftime thanks to a brace of tries by winger Joey Leilua.
But Ryan Hoffman and Slater combined with 11 minutes left on the clock to tie up the match before Storm skipper Cameron Smith converted to give his team the lead for the first time in the match.
NSW State of Origin star Hoffman was able to get a ball out the back of a tackle and fullback Slater stepped around his Queensland teammate Darius Boyd to score between the posts.
The Storm lacked their usual finishing polish, with gun Queensland halfback Cooper Cronk rested from the game.
His replacement Brett Finch was unable to make the same an impact with an ineffective kicking game.
The Knights, in contrast, started strongly with Leilua spinning out of a Slater tackle to cross in the fifth minute.
Slater was hampered by a knee to his thigh two minutes earlier, although he was able to run out the injury and return to his devastating best.
Newcastle halfback Tyrone Roberts converted and then added a penalty for an 8-0 lead.
The home side were able to get on the scoreboard after repeat sets took their toll on the Knights.
Smith found five-eighth Gareth Widdop, who sent the ball on to centre Maurice Blair to touch down.
But the lead was out to 10 points when Knights five-eighth Jarrod Mullen put a banana kick through which bounced straight into Leilua's arms for him to stroll across the line.
Sisa Waqa made amends late in the half when he scored at the end of a well-worked set move, with the Knights' defence caught short.
The second 40 minutes was an arm-wrestle with Slater's try the only points of the half, the Knights leaving Melbourne empty-handed again.
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Last Game: The Knights won against the South Sydney 42 - 28 at Energy Australia Stadium, Australia (3693 days ago)
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1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,
| Leagues the Newcastle Knights are in|
Adam MacDougall, Andrew Johns, Anothony Quinn, Ben Kennedy, Bill Peden, Clinton Newton, Clinton O'Brien, Daniel Abraham, Danny Buderus, Jarrod O'Doherty, John Morris, Josh Perry, Mark Hughes, Matt Parsons, Matthew Gidley, Robbie O'Davis, Sean Rudder, Steve Simpson, Timana Tahu,
Ben Donaldson, Darren Albert, Glen Grief, James Wynne, Julian Bailey, Justin Ryder, Kurt Gidley, Matthew Jobson, Paul Marquet, Troy Fletcher,
Ben McDougall, David Fairleigh, Lenny Beckett, Matthew Johns, Peter Shiels, Tony Butterfield,
Brock Mueller, Jason Moodie, Justin Holbrook, Owen Craigie, P Rauhihi, Paul Harragon, Scott Conley, Steve Walters,
Sunday, 11 May, 2003
South Sydney 28
Saturday, 3 May, 2003
Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Wests Tigers 6
Sunday, 20 Apr, 2003
Friday, 11 Apr, 2003
Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Friday, 28 Mar, 2003
Friday, 21 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 14|
Sunday, 16 Mar, 2003
Sunday, 22 Sep, 2002
Sydney City 38|