Todd Lowrie of the Storm scores a try during the round five NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights at AAMI Park
Todd Lowrie of the Storm scores a try during the round five NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights at AAMI Park Robert Cianflone - Getty Images

Cronk stays, Melbourne triumphs

MELBOURNE celebrated the re-signing of champion half-back Cooper Cronk with a six-try party romping to a 34-22 win over Newcastle in their NRL clash at AAMI Park.

Cronk signed a four-year contract extension during the week and showed his value to the club on Friday night with another impressive performance as the Storm continued their unbeaten start to the season.

The Knights have not won in Melbourne since 2004 and that long-standing hoodoo was never threatened, with the home side leading 16-6 at half-time.

Cronk set the tone with a 40-20 special two minutes into the game and his team were in four minutes later with five-eighth Gareth Widdop strolling across the line.

Newcastle was brought undone by the Storm's class at the set play, with the spoils shared across the side.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.



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