Storm cut down in Auckland
All the play by play action from Melbourne's Round 5 meeting with the Tigers in Auckland.
1' BANG! NAS with a huge first carry!
2' We can't complete our first set and the Tigers get a chance to attack with repeat sets
4' Another clever kick forces Billy Slater to take the ball dead. Wests Tigers on the attack with their third set in a row
5' Nice tackle Suli! Naiqama drops the ball as he attempts to run into a hole
6' Penalty as Matulino is caught offside next to the play the ball. We're on the attack for the first time today
8' We don't make the most of our good field position. Croft's pass for NAS is taken by Chris Lawrence and we lose possession
11' Nearly a Cameron Smith 40/20! It falls just short but will force the Tigers to play out from defence
15' Suli looks ON today! Huge run for us out of defence then a big fend off!
16' Curtis Scott tackled in the air as Croft goes high. Penalty and we'll get a new set
17' Wow! Blink and you'll miss that. Checking a potential try to Young Tonumaipea with the video referee. No try ruled. We do get a penalty for interference against Luke Brooks though. Another chance to open our account and we'll kick for points.
18' Croft slots the penalty goal and we take the lead! Storm 2 Tigers 0
20' It's all happening! Great pressure to force the Tigers to lose the ball - we then return the favour and spill it as Billy Slater darts towards the try line
21' Errors starting to tally up in the first half. Tigers follow suit with another knock on and we'll settle back into possession
23' Our attack still can't quite click into gear. The Croft pass finds the grass and we then knock on as Jesse tries to regain the ball
24' Smart kick from Cameron Smith and a huge kick chase from JAC! Penning the Tigers inside their defensive 20
26' The Marshall kick causes havoc in the air. The wicked bounce falls to Watene-Zelezniak and Suli comes up with a try saver!
28' Amazing kick from Cameron Smith but Lolohea saves it from being a 40/20. Things have gone up a notch here in Auckland
29' The short ball nearly comes off! Kaufusi and Croft go close to combining and breaking through. Instead Tigers end up back in possession
32' DEFENCE!! Desperate. We deny the Tigers a certain try - well done Josh!
35' The Benji Marshall kick gives JAC a headache - his attempted flick pass to keep the ball in can't find Billy and the Tigers intercept to score. Lolohea misses the conversion. Storm 2 Tigers 4
38' Josh is involved in everything at the minute. Munster kick's for him on the left wing and we nearly respond immediately
39' SET PLAY!!! WOW! Billy Slater scores from the Munster kick on the first tackle! Smith nails conversion and we hit back on the stroke of half time. Storm 8 Tigers 4
41' We're back underway at Mt. Smart Stadium. Here we go boys - big 40 minutes right here!
43' Nice start, a repeat set for us! It doesn't come to points but a good chance to build pressure and earn some early field position
48' Both sides trade sets but neither able to get near the try line so far during this second half
50' We're holding the territorial advantage now. Although can't make the most of a fresh set in attack with a stray Croft pass hitting the ground.
54' Both sides trade errors and we then propel forward trying to extend our lead. Tigers defence holding strong at the minute though
57' Jesse Bromwich breaks the line and Munster gets a penalty after being held back. We will look to kick and extend our lead
58' Croft makes no mistake and kicks the penalty goal. Storm 10 Tigers 4
59' A mix up from the Tigers kick off and we can't touch the ball before it goes out. Goal line drop out for the Tigers
61' The Tigers make us pay. Lawrence scores on the left edge. Converted by Lolohea. Storm 10 Tigers 10
65' Penalty and we're propelled forward. We throw the ball around on the last but the Tigers defence again holding firm as we try and break the deadlock
66' Repeat set for the Tigers. Kaufusi spills the Brooks kick and we have to force the ball dead
70' Benji Marshall looked certain to score but KENNY BROMWICH comes up with a try saving tackle!
71' Curtis Scott goes so close! Tackled centimeters before the try line.
73' We take the crack at the field goal through Croft but miss. Tigers with a 7-tackle set
74' Benji Marshall slots the field goal. We trail 10-11. Time to respond
76' Munster sends Hoffman through to the line but the pass is called forward
77' We're in possession and have it all to do but release the pressure with a dropped ball
79' We kick wide for JAC but the bounce doesn't kick up for him and the ball goes dead. Time running out for us now