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Your News Sunday 25th April - Melbourne Win NLD plate

EL started the stronger in this NLD Plate final and took a deserved lead after. An early penalty by EL was missed, but their fly half used the conditions well to push Melbourne back in the corner. From a scrum, their flanker scored under the posts and Melbourne found themselves 0-7 down.

This was just the shock Melbourne needed. For the next 20 minutes the handling, passing and running were a delight to watch and Melbourne were rewarded with 4 tries.

Tom Howard started the try fest. Josh Snowden returned a kick from his own half. Quick hands saw the ball come to Tom who sprinted in under the posts from 30 yards. Euan converted. 7-7

From the restart, the ball was collected. Ian Lucas ran powerfully up the blind side. The ball was recycled. Euan chipped, Shane collected and from the ensuing ruck, quick hands down the back line saw Josh score in the corner. 12-7

Melbourne continued to dominate, always looking to keep the ball alive. Ash Corden was very effective in the lineout. The scrum was safe and Fully and Euan dictated the play with some testing kicks.

The next try came from Tom. On his own 10 yard line, he chipped the defence and 3 grubber kicks later saw him score under the posts. Euan converted for 19-7. Despite playing into a strong wind Melbourne continued to dominate territory.

Another break up the RHS resulted in a series of rucks and from these Euan jinked over for a try which he converted. 26-7. From 7-0 down to 26-7 in a spell of excellent rugby. The half continued without any threat to Melbourne’s line but Melbourne threatened with Pop and Stringer going close and Morris having a bad bounce when a try looked a certainty from a kick ahead by Josh. Half time score was 26-7

EL upped their game in the second half and Melbourne, knowing the game was won, went off the boil a little. A high tackle saw EL score a penalty for 26-10. Melbourne used the elements well and pinned EL back into the corner. EL repeatedly infringed and from a line out on their 5 yard line, the ball was quickly recycled for Kier Biggins to score. 31 -10.

Melbourne’s defence was tested a couple of times, with the scrambled defence being up to the task. Melbourne also brought on all 6 subs in the last 20 minutes.

The final try came from Tom for his hat-trick. From a scrum, s simple dummy scissor was run, with Tom taking a fine short pass off Euan to score. Final score 36-10

Bob, Sean, Pop, Pete, Ash, Shane, Kier, Ian, Fully, Euan, Ash, JT, Tom, Morris, Josh and Dave M, Deano, Belly, Ben B, Smithy and Dave Lowson on the bench.

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