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Orford leads Storm to beat Eels

By John Salvado 24/07/2004 09:43:33 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne halfback Matt Orford scored a spectacular third try with only 17 seconds on the clock to give the Storm a hard-fought 22-16 victory over Parramatta in the NRL match at Olympic Park.

The game looked to be headed into extra time when Eels lock Lee Hopkins forced his way over at the other end in the 78th minute, with Luke Burt's successful conversion tying the score at 16-16.

But Orford wasn't finished yet.

He made a superb 50m burst before being pulled down 10 metres short of the tryline.

Orford then got to his feet, took a flick pass from Scott Hill and forced his way over the line despite the despairing efforts of three Eels defenders.

He finished the match with a personal haul of 18 points from three tries and three goals.

The bad news for the Storm was that prop Alex Chan was placed on report for the third time this year for a high tackle, this time on Nathan Hindmarsh.

The Parramatta second rower had an eventful evening, unleashing a torrent of abuse at Storm fullback Billy Slater after conceding a penalty late in the first half.

It was Hindmarsh who caught Slater with a heavy hit in the opening minutes of the third State of Origin match.

The Eels ended the match with prop Michael Vella on report for allegedly kneeing Slater, while hooker John Morris suffered a suspected broken arm.

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