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Storm and Warriors settle for a draw

By Melissa Woods 25/04/2009 09:43:47 PM Comments (0)

Warriors halfback Stacey Jones blew two chances to snatch victory in golden point extra-time against Melbourne, with the sides settling for a 14-all draw in their NRL clash at Olympic Park.

The veteran playmaker could have sealed a win two minutes into extra time when his field goal attempt hit the left post from almost right in front

And then with 25 seconds on the clock Jones fumbled the ball before sending it on to fullback Lance Hohaia, who was on target with his strike.

Video referee Tim Mander was called upon to adjudicate and ruled Jones had knocked on, ruling Hohaia's effort out.

The Warriors felt they were hard done by and believed the Storm should have been penalised.

"There were blokes laying in the play the ball," coach Ivan Cleary said.

"If he got away a decent pass it could have been a different story."

However Cleary felt his side missed other opportunities.

"I felt like we had the better of it towards the end of the game but it just wasn't to be but I was really happy with the performance."

Melbourne was forced to toil for much of the match with only 15 men after losing second rower Kevin Proctor with an ankle injury as well as Anthony Quinn.

The winger was rushed to hospital by ambulance after suffering convulsions on the field.

Warriors centre Simon Mannering's knee hit Quinn's temple as he tackled him just short of the tryline and he immediately started convulsing and trainers rushed to his aid.

He was unconscious for almost 10 minutes and fitted with a neck brace however Storm officials said he had recovered well but would be kept in hospital overnight for observation.

Warriors hooker Micheal Luck tackled himself to a stand-still, making 72 for the match while the Storm also showed glimmers of their attacking best.

That was largely due to new recruit Brett Finch.

In his first match since parting ways with Parramatta two weeks ago, Finch filled the troublesome five-eighth role with aplomb and played a role in all three of the Storm's tries.

"I thought he played really well and his performance was really positive for us tonight," Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said.

Skipper Cameron Smith, who hurt his hand, also felt Finch made a big difference.

"I think having Brett Finch there with his experience on the other side of the footy from Cooper really helped.

"He was commanding the footy all night and gave me another option.

"There was a lot of positive signs for us tonight."

The Warriors clawed their way back after trailing 14-6 midway through the second half, posting two tries in 10 minutes to lock up the scoreboard.

The first was scored by giant winger Manu Vatuvei, who steamrolled his opposite Steve Turner for his second try of the night after a first half effort.

Turner also scored in the first half, collecting a neat cross-field kick by Cooper Cronk and diving cross the tryline untouched.

Cronk attempted a drop goal with three minutes remaining but failed to break the deadlock, as did Jones in the dying seconds.

Cronk failed with his one attempt in golden point, as the Warriors dominated field position but they couldn't get the points they needed for a win.

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