TOUGH TIME: Alex McKinnon of the Knights lies on the ground after being tackled as Cameron Smith of the Storm looks on.
TOUGH TIME: Alex McKinnon of the Knights lies on the ground after being tackled as Cameron Smith of the Storm looks on. GETTY IMAGES

Serious neck injury sours Storm victory

MELBOURNE Storm made it three wins from three last night but the 28-20 victory over the Newcastle Knights at AAMI Park was overshadowed by a serious neck injury to Knights forward Alex McKinnon.

The 22-year-old landed on his head in an awkward tackle just before half-time by Storm forwards Jesse Bromwich, his brother Kenny and Jordan McLean which was put on report.

Unconfirmed reports on ABC radio just after the game said McKinnon had no feeling below the waist as he was taken to a Melbourne hospital for more treatment.

Cameron Smith had put the home side in front with an early penalty before Jeremy Smith snapped up a rebound off the post from a Michael Dobson grubber to score the first try of the night.

The Storm hit back with three tries to Sisa Waqa, Kevin Proctor and Will Chambers as Cooper Cronk's influence on the game started to grow.

Young Tonumaipea stretched the lead to 24-10 just after the break before the Knights mounted a comeback.

Akila Uate scored a double to bring the score back to 24-20 and it looks as if the Knights might cause a surprise. But Storm skipper Smith settled the nerves with a try from close range and the home side held on for the two points.


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