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Live match centre: Melbourne Storm trial

The nib Newcastle Knights have defeated the Melbourne Storm 26-22 at AAMI Park in a trial match on Wednesday afternoon.

80 minutes
Cronan gets the final try. The conversion is missed. We win the trial match 26-22!

80 minutes
TRY! Right as the full time siren sounds.

79 minutes
Fitzgibbon looked set to put Meaney into space, but a forward pass was ruled. Score remains 22-all.

70 minutes
Justin Olam forces his way over on their left edge. Joe Stimson converts. Scores are back level, 22-all.

60 minutes
The final quarter is underway at AAMI Park. King, Saifiti, Levi, Fitzgibbon are back on the field. Watson is playing at fullback. We lead 22-16.

59 minutes
Storm make a break through the middle and convert the try right on the three-quarter break. We lead 22-16.

55 minutes
Score remains 22-10. Both teams have had chances this quarter.

43 minutes
We get early points in the second half. Buhrer collects a nice grubber from Lamb to score under the posts. Lamb converts to make it 22-10.

A new 13 will run out for the second half:

14. Nick Meaney
18. Tom Hughes
23. Ken Sio
4. Cory Denniss
26. Thomas Cronan
24. Jack Cogger
25. Brock Lamb
8. Jacob Lillyman
9. Slade Griffin
10. Herman Ese'ese
20. Brodie Jones
13. Jamie Buhrer
16. Luke Yates

Knights 16 (T: Fitzgibbon, Ponga, Sio, G: Ponga 2/3) lead Storm 10 (T: Finucane, Glasby, G: Munster 1/2).

40 minutes
Ponga missed the sideline conversion. We lead 16-10 at the half time break.

39 minutes
We spread it wide and Ken Sio dives over in the left corner just before the half time break!

37 minutes
Storm hit back. No video ref to decide if Ponga beat Glasby to the ball but the live call was try. Munster misses the conversion. We lead 12-10.

33 minutes
Ponga converts his try from in front and we take a 12-6 lead at AAMI Park.

32 minutes
Pearce kicks to Ponga, and he scores under the posts untouched!

23 minutes
Storm had first chance in attack this quarter, but the defence was strong. It's 6-6 at AAMI Park.

20 minutes
Lillyman, Ese'ese, Griffin, Buhrer and Denniss get a break. Heighington, Jacob Saififi, Levi, King and Sio go on. Second quarter is underway.

20 minutes
At the first quarter break, scores remain locked at 6-all. Starting 13 played that 20 minutes.

13 minutes
Kalyn Ponga adds the extras and scores are locked, 6-all.

12 minutes
We hit straight back, Lachlan Fitzgibbon scoring just to the left of the posts!

9 minutes
Melbourne get first points, via Dale Finucane. The conversion gives the Storm an early 6-0 lead.

5 minutes
No score to report with end-to-end match at the moment in warm conditions. 

0 minutes
We have kick off!


Coach Nathan Brown has named his starting 13 for the trial match:

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
3. Sione Mata'utia
4. Cory Denniss
5. Nathan Ross
6. Connor Watson
7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Jacob Lillyman
9. Slade Griffin
10. Herman Ese'ese
11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
12. Aidan Guerra
13. Jamie Buhrer