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Melbourne bag 32-16 NRL win over Raiders

By Peter Veness 24/03/2007 09:29:22 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne ran over the top of a much-improved Canberra Raiders 32-16 thanks to inspirational prop Brett White and the lightning speed of Billy Slater.

The Raiders led for 38 minutes of the first half before White rolled through lacklustre defence moments before halftime to hand the Storm a 14-10 lead at the break.

The win ensures Melbourne maintains its near decade-long dominance against the struggling Raiders, the Storm having now won 15 of the 20 matches they've played against Canberra.

Led by props Dane Tilse and Scott Logan, the Raiders put Melbourne under early pressure, forcing them to take two line drop outs in the opening five minutes.

Canberra five-eighth Todd Carney grabbed the first try in the 12th minute when he darted through Melbourne's line to score under the posts.

Rain earlier in the day made for slippery conditions and poor possession again cost Canberra dearly, their outside backs managing to hand the ball over three times just metres from the line.

When White stole the lead, Melbourne took a psychological advantage into halftime and then came out firing after the break.

Fullback Billy Slater broke the line repeatedly in the second half, the first time when he was 60 metres out and the ball went through a series of hands before finding a galloping White who claimed his second try.

Slater set up two late tries for rising Melbourne winger Israel Folau to put the game out of Canberra's reach.

The only injury concern coming out of the match is an arm injury to Raiders second-rower Ben Jones, who limped off midway through the first stanza.

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