Storm hold on in Canberra
Melbourne Storm have recorded back-to-back wins after a 14-10 victory over a resolute Raiders outfit.
A strong second half performance in which Craig Bellamy's side were able to hold the Raiders scoreless in wet conditions at GIO Stadium.
An arm wrestle early, a break where Jesse Bromwich found himself through the Canberra line yielded the visitors' first points of the afternoon via a penalty goal.
Returning serve with a penalty goal of their own to level the scores, the Raiders looked continually dangerous down both sides of the field as the half wore on. The hosts managed to capitalise in the 26th minute when Jeremy Hawkins scored on the wing to give his side the lead for the first time.
With rain falling towards the end of the half, Canberra elected to kick for goal give themselves a 10-2 lead heading into the main break.
A reinvigorated Storm outfit entered the field after the break and began the second 40 minutes positively.
Back-to-back Storm tries swung the match in Melbourne's favour as the visitor's applied some sustained pressure on the Raiders defence.
First a Will Chambers flick pass sent Mahe Fonua through for his ninth try from five matches against Canberra before a scramble on the last tackle allowed Craig Bellamy's side to take the lead. Ryan Hinchcliffe's hurried kick caused chaos on the right wing, allowing fullback Cameron Munster to score his first ever NRL try.
With the rain continuing to fall, conditions became increasingly tough as the match went on with Melbourne able to hold tough and secure back-to-back wins for the first time in 2015.
Melbourne Storm 14
Tries: Mahe Fonua, Cameron Munster
Goals: Cameron Smith 3
Canberra Raiders 10
Tries: Jeremy Hawkins
Goals: Jarrod Croker 3