Melbourne storm back to beat Tigers, Dragons win but among three facing fines

By Christopher Devine 26 March 2017
Melbourne storm back to beat Tigers, Dragons win but among three facing fines

Melbourne Storm produced a gutsy fightback to maintain their 100 per cent record in the NRL with a 22-14 victory over Wests Tigers on Sunday.

In their first match since the sacking of coach Jason Taylor, the Tigers roared into an early lead at Leichhardt Oval - Mitch Moses and Elijah Taylor each crossing for tries as the visitors struggled to find any rhythm.

However, after David Nofoaluma had seen a score chalked off for obstruction, the Storm managed a crucial response before the interval, courtesy of Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

And Melbourne - for whom the fit-again Billy Slater managed a full 80 minutes - then bossed the second half, Young Tonumaipea, Cheyse Blair and Josh Addo-Carr all going over to secure a fourth win from as many matches this term and Craig Bellamy's 250th success as an NRL coach.

A fast start helped St George Illawarra Dragons beat New Zealand Warriors 26-12 in Sunday's other fixture.

The Dragons crossed three times in the first 22 minutes and were able to hold off a response from their visitors.

However, St George are one of three clubs, together with Gold Coast Titans and Newcastle Knights, facing heavy fines after being issued with breach notices relating to head injuries suffered in last week's matches.

An NRL statement revealed a proposed fine of $150,000 for the Titans following incidents involving Kane Elgey, Joe Greenwood and Ryan Simpkins, while the Dragons and Knights are set for $100,000 sanctions following their handling of injuries to Josh Dugan and Brendan Elliot.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said: "In the majority of cases we see strong compliance with the league's concussion rules but it appears that this did not happen at the weekend in some matches and we cannot stand by and allow player safety to be put at risk."

The three teams have five business days to respond to their breach notices.

 

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