The Canberra Raiders have gone down 17-6 to the Melbourne Storm in a spiteful game at Canberra Stadium tonight. ABC Grandstand has a report.
In a display of what $1 million in excess player payments can buy you, the Storm got out to a 13-0 lead in the first half. New boat owner Greg Inglis scored a hat-trick for Melbourne, while Daniel Vidot was the Raiders’ sole try-scorer and Josh Dugan was unlucky to have a try disallowed by the video referee. (While the Raiders were the architects of their own demise through some sloppy handling late in the first half, it would also be unsurprising if referee Ben Cummins arrived home tonight to find a new car in his driveway, as well).
Kudos to the parochial and suitably feral home crowd, which greeted the Storm with a chant of “cheats” at every opportunity, booed them from the field and gave the Green Machine a standing ovation at the end, despite the result.