Thunderbolts fall to Raiders
Melbourne Storm's U20 Thunderbolts suffered their third defeat of the 2015 season on Sunday, falling to the Raiders.
In an entertaining nine-try contest, a double to eventual man of the match, Raiders prop Brett Solomon proved the difference with only four points separating both sides at the final whistle.
Earlier, both sides displayed potency in attack in a fast opening to the contest. With conditions fine and conducive for fast ball movement, a five try opening half set the tone for the match.
Tony Tumusa and Zion Ioka's turn of speed lead to points on multiple occasions during the opening 40 minutes of play allowing the visiting Thunderbolts to carry an advantage into the main break. Marc Brentnall's side then managed to push further ahead through captain Joe Stimson before the Canberra onslaught began.
Three tries in the space of 11 minutes turned the scoreline around for the hosts leaving the Thunderbolts needing to push for a late winner which they were unable to find during the closing stages.
Storm's U20 Thunderbolts will host the Roosters at AAMI Park in Round 7 on Saturday 18 April kicking-off from 5.15pm.
Melbourne Storm 24
Tries: Tony Tumusa, Zion Ioka, Shae Ah Fook, Joe Stimson
Goals: Mack Mason 2, Joe Stimson 1, Zion Ioka 1
Canberra Raiders 28
Tries: Brett Solomon 2, Brenko Lee, Toneila Moa, Jordyn Ballard
Goals: Jordyn Ballard 2, Zac Woolford 2
at GIO Stadium.