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Melbourne beats Manly 34-8 to win NRL grand final

Melbourne beats Manly 34-8 to win NRL grand final

Greg Inglis and Anthony Quinn scored two tries each as Melbourne swamped Manly 34-8 in the grand final of Australia's National Rugby League on Sunday.
Melbourne, who had headed Manly to win the minor premiership as the top team of the regular season, scored seven tries, most from simple set plays, to mark its 10th year in the NRL with its second win from four grand finals appearances.
Inglis and Quinn scored first half tries, then Michael Crocker, Matt King and Inglis touched down in a devastating 12-minute spell through the middle of the second half to ensure a Melbourne victory.
Quinn and Clint Newton added late tries to swell Melbourne's margin which was only limited by the wayward goalkicking of Cameron Smith who managed three goals from eight attempts.
The result compensated for Melbourne's disappointment at losing last year's final to Brisbane after they had also claimed the minor premiership.;
"I just so proud of the guys," said coach Craig Bellamy.
"It's been a lot of hard work. Some of the guys have worked for five years for this. Some people said we would choke like last year but we proved them wrong tonight."
Quinn scored the first of Melbourne's tries after 13 minutes, crossing wide out after Smith and Inglis worked the ball to his left wing behind a bevy of decoy runners. Smith's converted but missed five straight kicks before raising the flags a second time.
Inglis scored in the 21st minute, his eighth try of the season, and Melbourne headed towards halftime with a 10-0 lead. A try to Manly center Steve Matai 30 seconds from the interval cut Melbourne's lead to 10-4 at the interval and kept the Sydney-based club in the match.
Manly was making its first finals appearance since 1997 and chasing its first premiership in 11 years ... its seventh championship overall. Instead, it finished runner up for the 10th time in its history after reaching a final in each of the last six decades.
The hard-working Michael Crocker crossed for Melbourne's first try of the second half five minutes after the restart. Tries to winger Matt King in the 55th minute _ his 20th of the season in his farewell appearance for Melbourne _ and to Inglis in the 57th minute gave Melbourne an unapproachable 22-4 lead.
Chris Hicks scored Manly's second try in the 64th minute after a breakout by Jamie Lyons but Clint Newton _ son of former Australia professional golfer Jack Newton _ scored a 73rd-minute try for Melbourne and Quinn added the coup de grace.
Melbourne 34 (Greg Inglis 2, Anthony Quinn 2, Michael Crocker, Matt King, Clint Newton tries; Cameron Smith 3 goals), Manly 8 (Steve Matai, Chris Hicks tries). HT, 10-4.


Updated : 2021-10-23 14:03 GMT+08:00