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Melbourne Storm 38 Leeds Rhinos 4

Brad Singleton of Leeds Rhinos tackle Melbourne's Joshua Addo-Carr.

Leeds Rhinos lost out to Melbourne Storm in the Downer World Club Challenge at AAMI Park but came away with credit from the clash after a committed display from the Betfred Super League champions.

Leeds Rhinos arrived at AAMI Park in Melbourne looking to re-write the record books and defeat the NRL Premiers in their own back yard.

The visitors made the perfect start after just ten minutes when Stevie Ward managed to float a pass over the top into the arms of Ryan Hall, who crossed in the corner in front of the travelling Leeds fans. Kallum Watkins narrowly missed the conversion attempt but his side led 4-0.

Young Jack Walker was put under plenty of pressure by the Melbourne attack after that and the full back came up with the answer on every occasion. Unfortunately he was forced out of the game midway through the first half with a knee injury that was a cruel blow for the former Oulton Raider.

The Rhinos kept up their momentum after that but Melbourne were handed an opportunity when the officials adjudged a forward pass by Stevie Ward. From the scrum, the home side moved up field and eventually Jesse Bromwich forced his way over from close range. Cameron Smith hit the post with his conversion attempt so it remained 4-4.

The video referee was called for for the next try as half back Brodie Croft darted through a gap before getting the ball down. Smith was on target this time and extended his side’s lead to 10-4.

The Australian skipper increased his side’s lead with a penalty soon after but Leeds were still in the game at 12-4.

However, there was bitter blow just before half time when Suliasi Vunivalu burst into life off his wing and cut back inside to score between the posts. Smith added the conversion on the hooter and his side now led 18-4 at the interval.

Despite the scoreline, Leeds continued to show incredible courage in defence to keep the Storm at bay. However, the home side did managed a fourth try after 50 minutes when replacement Nelson Asofa Solomona cut through to score. Cameron Smith added the conversion to give his side a 24-4 lead.

The Storm managed three more tries after that, including one on the final hooter but Leeds produced some outstanding defence to keep the free flowing NRL Premiers out, the pick of which was a sensational tackle by Brett Delaney on Josh Addo-Carr as the winger broke clear.

Leeds were defeated but will return to England with their pride intact having given their all and accepted the challenge of travelling to Australia to face Melbourne Storm.

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Brad Singleton of Leeds Rhinos tackle Melbourne's Joshua Addo-Carr.

Leeds Rhinos lost out to Melbourne Storm in the Downer World Club Challenge at AAMI Park but came away with credit from the clash after a committed display from the Betfred Super League champions.

Leeds Rhinos arrived at AAMI Park in Melbourne looking to re-write the record books and defeat the NRL Premiers in their own back yard.

The visitors made the perfect start after just ten minutes when Stevie Ward managed to float a pass over the top into the arms of Ryan Hall, who crossed in the corner in front of the travelling Leeds fans. Kallum Watkins narrowly missed the conversion attempt but his side led 4-0.

Young Jack Walker was put under plenty of pressure by the Melbourne attack after that and the full back came up with the answer on every occasion. Unfortunately he was forced out of the game midway through the first half with a knee injury that was a cruel blow for the former Oulton Raider.

The Rhinos kept up their momentum after that but Melbourne were handed an opportunity when the officials adjudged a forward pass by Stevie Ward. From the scrum, the home side moved up field and eventually Jesse Bromwich forced his way over from close range. Cameron Smith hit the post with his conversion attempt so it remained 4-4.

The video referee was called for for the next try as half back Brodie Croft darted through a gap before getting the ball down. Smith was on target this time and extended his side’s lead to 10-4.

The Australian skipper increased his side’s lead with a penalty soon after but Leeds were still in the game at 12-4.

However, there was bitter blow just before half time when Suliasi Vunivalu burst into life off his wing and cut back inside to score between the posts. Smith added the conversion on the hooter and his side now led 18-4 at the interval.

Despite the scoreline, Leeds continued to show incredible courage in defence to keep the Storm at bay. However, the home side did managed a fourth try after 50 minutes when replacement Nelson Asofa Solomona cut through to score. Cameron Smith added the conversion to give his side a 24-4 lead.

The Storm managed three more tries after that, including one on the final hooter but Leeds produced some outstanding defence to keep the free flowing NRL Premiers out, the pick of which was a sensational tackle by Brett Delaney on Josh Addo-Carr as the winger broke clear.

Leeds were defeated but will return to England with their pride intact having given their all and accepted the challenge of travelling to Australia to face Melbourne Storm.