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The Rock-itt : October 2009
and run the remaining 10 metres to the line untouched sending the small contingent of Storm fans crazy. Inglis did his captain no disservice by scoring under the black dot setting up the easy conversion attempt for Cameron Smith an ultimately a 16-6 lead. It didn't get any better for Parramatta with a set play setting up speedster Billy Slater's 1st try six minutes later, and it appeared the floodgates were about to open with Melbourne finding it's way through the Blue and Gold's line just to easily. Parramatta were set a steep task of reeling back the Storm's 16-point lead, but if current form was anything to go by the Eels were the team to do it. With just 10 minutes to go in the premiership decider former Sea Eagle Jeff Robson kicked wide for the Parramatta backs and Joel Reddy, son of St. George great 'Rocket' Rod Reddy emerged on top of the pack to grab the ball and score with Luke Burt kicking yet another conversion out wide cutting the lead back to just 10, but Parramatta would need yet another spark if this seemingly impossible task was to be accomplished. Enter Fui Fui Moi Moi. After a short spell on the bench Eels coach injected the Kiwi and Tongan international and he made an immediate impact, after 4 booming runs by the Eels had seen them cart the ball 70 metres up field, some second phase play saw the ball end up in the hands of the big prop and he had his eyes on the prize. Using opposition defenders as doormats Fui Fui rampaged his way the final 20 metres to score in the corner and reduce the margin to a converted try with 5 minutes remaining. After the Eels came close to scoring yet again, there new test was to put on the defensive pressure and force and error from the Storm, Billy Slater looked as though he would break the line before being brought down by Moi Moi, whose tackle forced the ball free before referee Tony Archer awarded the Storm with a very controversial penalty which will be debated about for some time. Melbourne took full advantage of the extra set deep inside the Parramatta half with Greg Inglis sealing the Storm's 2nd premiership in their 4th straight Grand Final appearance with a field goal in the 78th minute. Although they went down on the day Parramatta will come back bigger and better next year with the inclusions of Timana Tahu, Justin Poore, and Shane Shackleton, while the Melbourne dynasty will be on the hunt for an unprecedented 5th straight Grand Final. Melbourne Storm 23 (Ryan Hoffman 5th min, Adam Blair 24th min, Greg Inglis 49th min, Billy Slater 55th min; Cameron Smith 3 goals, Greg Inglis 1 FG)Def,Parramatta Eels 16 (Eric Grothe Jnr 45th min, Joel Reddy 70th min, Fui Fui Moi Moi 72nd min; Luke Burt 2 goals) Clive Churchill Medallist -- Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)