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England v New Zealand

KO: 20:00  09:00 UK   World Club Challenge - Round: Final
VENUE: AAMI Park, Melbourne     OFFICIAL: tbc     MATCH STATUS: Result

Home Team

38
(18)

TRIES

Jesse Bromwich, Brodie Croft, Suliasi Vunivalu, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Felise Kaufusi, Will Chambers, Dale Finucane

GOALS

Cameron Smith 4, Cameron Munster

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(4)

Away Team

TRIES

Ryan Hall

GOALS

Official Match Report

Leeds Rhinos fell to a 38-4 defeat at the hands of NRL champions Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge at AAMI Park.

The Betfred Super League champions took a 10th-minute lead when a great cut-out pass by Stevie Ward found Ryan Hall to dive in the corner, but captain Kallum Watkins could not convert.

Forward Jesse Bromwich levelled proceedings after he crashed over from close range before Melbourne moved in front for the first time through a Brodie Croft try, which Cameron Smith converted, to go 10-4 up after 25 minutes.

A Smith penalty extended their advantage before Suliasi Vunivalu showed his class with a mazy run to cross and Nelson Asofa-Solomona powered his way over the line either side of the half-time interval to increase the hosts’ lead to 24-4.

Felise Kaufusi sliced through the Leeds defence for Melbourne’s fifth try before Will Chambers pounced on a loose ball to dot down with nine minutes left, with Smith failing to convert both attempts.

Dale Finucane crossed the whitewash in the final play of the match to complete the scoring for Storm as Smith booted eight points to earn a record-equalling fourth World Club Challenge crown for the Australian outfit.

Despite defeat, Leeds head coach Brian McDermott remained upbeat about his side's display and believes they would be able to hold their own in the NRL.

“I’d like to say that, given 10 games like that, by game eight or nine or game 10, I reckon we’d be up to that level,” he told the post-match press conference.

“So we’ll learn some massive lessons from that. But unfortunately it will be another couple of games before we’re in a game as intense as that and in one played at that level.

“In the first half, while I never thought we had a grip on game, I never thought lost it completely either. It was a decent contest.

“It was always a challenge to come here and try to throw something at Melbourne which would trouble them. Five drives and a kick wouldn’t have, so we had to try something different.

“I thought Melbourne’s defence was outstanding, it was suffocating, and the more game went on the better they got, they really warmed up to it.

“We came up with challenging plays and tried to get some second phase going but they were just smothering, it was awesome defence.”

Other News

Min   Event Action Score
9 try Try scored for Leeds by Ryan Hall 0-4
17 try Try scored for Melbourne by Jesse Bromwich 4-4
24 try Try scored for Melbourne by Brodie Croft 8-4
25 goal Goal scored for Melbourne by Cameron Smith 10-4
36 goal Goal scored for Melbourne by Cameron Smith 12-4
40 goal Goal scored for Melbourne by Cameron Smith 14-4
40 try Try scored for Melbourne by Suliasi Vunivalu 18-4
49 try Try scored for Melbourne by Nelson Asofa-Solomona 22-4
50 goal Goal scored for Melbourne by Cameron Smith 24-4
57 try Try scored for Melbourne by Felise Kaufusi 28-4
71 try Try scored for Melbourne by Will Chambers 32-4
80 goal Goal scored for Melbourne by Cameron Munster 34-4
80 try Try scored for Melbourne by Dale Finucane 38-4

Bench

Billy
Slater
Suliasi
Vunivalu
Will
Chambers
Curtis
Scott
Josh
Addo-Carr
Cameron
Munster
Brodie
Croft
Jesse
Bromwich
Cameron
Smith
Tim
Glasby
Felise
Kaufusi
Ryan
Hoffman
Dale
Finucane
Brandon
Smith
Nelson
Asofa-Solomona
Kenny
Bromwich
Christian
Welch

Bench

Jack
Walker
Tom
Briscoe
Kallum
Watkins
Liam
Sutcliffe
Ryan
Hall
Joel
Moon
Richie
Myler
Adam
Cuthbertson
Matt
Parcell
Brad
Singleton
Jamie
Jones-Buchanan
Carl
Ablett
Stevie
Ward
Brad
Dwyer
Brett
Delaney
Jimmy
Keinhorst
Jack
Ormondroyd
Pos   Player Tries Goals D Goals
1 Billy Slater - - -
2 Suliasi Vunivalu 1 - -
3 Will Chambers 1 - -
4 Curtis Scott - - -
5 Josh Addo-Carr - - -
6 Cameron Munster - 1 -
7 Brodie Croft 1 - -
8 Jesse Bromwich 1 - -
9 Cameron Smith - 4 -
10 Tim Glasby - - -
11 Felise Kaufusi 1 - -
12 Ryan Hoffman - - -
13 Dale Finucane 1 - -
14 Brandon Smith - - -
15 Nelson Asofa-Solomona 1 - -
16 Kenny Bromwich - - -
17 Christian Welch - - -
Pos   Player Tries Goals D Goals
1 Jack Walker - - -
2 Tom Briscoe - - -
3 Kallum Watkins - - -
4 Liam Sutcliffe - - -
5 Ryan Hall 1 - -
6 Joel Moon - - -
7 Richie Myler - - -
8 Adam Cuthbertson - - -
9 Matt Parcell - - -
10 Brad Singleton - - -
11 Jamie Jones-Buchanan - - -
12 Carl Ablett - - -
13 Stevie Ward - - -
14 Brad Dwyer - - -
15 Brett Delaney - - -
16 Jimmy Keinhorst - - -
17 Jack Ormondroyd - - -