informations for event: Melbourne Storm - Cronulla Sharks (2018-09-21 10:40)
Cowboys dig deep for a respectful Thurston send off 16d. Fitting farewell for Thurston 16d. Dragons find some form on eve of finals 16d. Storm wait on minor premiership after loss 17d AAP.
Penrith seal a home semi-final after defeating Melbourne 17d. Warriors mark Mannering milestone with win 17d AAP. Warriors win in Mannering's th 17d. Rabbitohs bounce back week out from finals 18d. Souths book a top four spot 18d.
Cleary remains tight-lipped on future 18d AAP. Dragons' season on skids after record loss 22d. Remis Smith stars as Dogs destroy Dragons 22d. Sharks cap emotional week with Knights win 22d AAP. Holmes creates history in dominant Sharks' win 22d. Broncos make statement, Napa in hot water 23d AAP.
Brisbane show finals credentials with win over Roosters 23d. Storm grind past valiant Titans 23d AAP. Storm see off the TItans on the Gold Coast 23d. Dominant Warriors end finals drought 24d AAP. Inglis returns for penultimate round 27d Darren Arthur.
Sharks not listening to outside noise 25d. Dragons need consistent performances 25d. Players should have freedom of speech 25d.
Welch laughs off hooker suggestion 26d. Smith injury a shock to Storm 26d. We need to be better 26d. Cook hoping to book top four spot 27d. Ciraldo more of a players' coach 27d. Wests Tigers keep top-eight hopes alive 25d AAP. Nervous Tigers stay afloat in finals quest 24d. Canberra upset Roosters in thriller 29d AAP. Raiders sneak home against the Roosters 29d. Birthday boy Lachlan Lewis steals it for the Bulldogs 29d. Fifita sends message in Sharks win 30d AAP. Panthers luck dries up in Knights upset 30d AAP.
Decimated Storm overcome Eels 31d. Melbourne back to winning ways 31d. Storm's Smith suffers back injury 31d. Betfred Super League champions Leeds were boosted by the return from injury of stand-off Joel Moon but they went into their eighth World Club Challenge without four senior front-row forwards and suffered major disruption during the game. Yet the Rhinos were full of confidence from the start and their enterprise in running a penalty from in front of the posts in the ninth minute paid off when England winger Hall accepted a cut-out pass from Ward to go over for the first try.
The lead was fully deserved as Leeds, striving to overcome the challenge of two referees in front of a 16, crowd, tested the Storm defence but it quickly became the Croft show.
The half-back got prop Jesse Bromwich crashing over for an equalising try on 16 minutes before forcing his way over himself seven minutes later and then provided the final pass which enabled winger Suliasi Vunivalu to produce a devastating finish on the stroke of half-time.
Leeds had lost full-back Jack Walker, who had made an impressive start to only his 15th first-grade match, 10 minutes before half-time with a knee injury and loose forward Stevie Ward quickly followed him to the sidelines with a calf problem. Melbourne also lost their full-back Billy Slater at half-time with a shoulder problem, although they had a handy replacement in Cameron Munster, one of five members of Australia's victorious World Cup squad.
They were among 13 members of Storm's Grand Final-winning team but the champions will be most encouraged by the display of rookie scrum-half Brodie Croft, who helped his side begin the post-Cooper Cronk era in impressive fashion. Melbourne's lead presented the visitors with an insurmountable task and there was no way back once substitute Asofa-Solomona barged his way over eight minutes into the second half. When second rower Kaufusi ran onto a Croft pass to score his side's fifth try, it became a damage limitation exercise for the Rhinos.
Brett Delaney showed there was still plenty of fight among the visitors when he got back to pull off a tremendous try-saving tackle on winger Josh Addo-Carr but it was only a slight dent to Melbourne's second-half supremacy.
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