Anzac Day clash a one-sided affair for Storm

Jason Andrews Roar Pro

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    The Melbourne Storm have once again shown why they are the most dominant team in the NRL of the last decade by completely outclassing competition leaders the New Zealand Warriors.

    The Storm won in a one-sided affair for their Anzac Day clash last night at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

    The first half saw the Storm put on an absolute dominant football clinic to run in 38 unanswered points with the Warriors having completely lost their playing ability that gave them a 7-1 start to the 2018 season.

    No one expected such as dominant performance from the Storm nor such lacking performance from the Warriors.

    It took the Warriors 44 minutes into the game to score points and even though they have ten unanswered points to their name at the 60 minute mark, the game was looking like the epic encounter I predicted. But the Storm turned the heat back up, scoring twelve more points to run out the game 50-10.

    Clearly the Storm are starting to click into their brilliant form that earnt them their 2017 premiership with their third win in a row and are starting to put the doubters to rest that they can’t win without Cooper Cronk.

    The real test of their skills will come next week when they meet the St George Illawarra Dragons who themselves have only lost one game so far this season and are looking like real contenders in 2018.

    This game will indicate who is the one to watch in the 2018 season with the winner sending a message to the rest of the competition. Next week will prove to be most interesting.

    What do you think, Roarers? Was the Storm’s win a sign of things to come? Or was it evidence that the Warriors early season form is on the wane?

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    • April 26th 2018 @ 7:30am
      Brendon said | April 26th 2018 @ 7:30am | ! Report

      I think the last two weeks have shown that the Storm have clicked in offence. The first few games of the season were always going to be rough, their entire structure was lost and they suffered one of the biggest off season loss’s in the comp. Anyone that expected an immediate positive showing was kidding themselves.

      Last year was the same, the Storm tend to slowly start the season, one or two wins, one or two losses, and everyone questions their credentials for the year to come. in 2017, those questions were ceased in round 9 when they took on the dragons who were the front runners of the competition.

      So the question is, will 2018 be a repeat of 2017? I believe it may be!

    • April 26th 2018 @ 8:13am
      CTSTORM said | April 26th 2018 @ 8:13am | ! Report

      we are back, wish we could have another game against Tigers before the final.

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        April 26th 2018 @ 10:58am
        Jason Andrews said | April 26th 2018 @ 10:58am | ! Report

        CTSTROM, being that the Storm have never lost to a team three times in one season, that would be a very interesting game, but its only round eight and there is a lot of footy to happen until then. on current form the Tigers would struggle

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      April 26th 2018 @ 8:21am
      Jason Andrews said | April 26th 2018 @ 8:21am | ! Report

      Correct Brendon, although the Storm only dropped four games last year and two of those were in Origin time. They had that terrible game against the Sharks and then round 10 epic against the Gold Coast, those were the only two games that they dropped before Origin. This year they have already dropped three with two to the Tigers, if they meet again this year it will be interesting. They have had three big scores over the last three weeks, 40 against the Knights, 34 against the Broncos and 50 in last night’s, that’s 124 points for three games, which is in impressive average of 41 points per game. If they kept that average up, the back to back premiership should not be too hard to achieve

    • April 26th 2018 @ 9:47am
      bbt said | April 26th 2018 @ 9:47am | ! Report

      Totally unexpected. Turned up expecting a close game.

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        April 26th 2018 @ 10:33am
        Jason Andrews said | April 26th 2018 @ 10:33am | ! Report

        it certainly was, the Warriors completely dropped the ball last night. I would hate for them to fall into yet another slump as they certainly prove that they can mixed it with the best of them. Many a resurgence net week

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      April 26th 2018 @ 10:20am
      Nat said | April 26th 2018 @ 10:20am | ! Report

      IMO, that was all Melbourne and wouldn’t matter who the opposition was. Much like last week, they identified mismatches, weak spots up the middle and all followed the ball in support. How many tries in that first half where they had 2-3 options for the try scorer? The Warriors done well to fight back in the 2nd half but it was over by then. Dominant Storm win but not all powerful like last year.

      • April 26th 2018 @ 11:09am
        Albo said | April 26th 2018 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        I tend to agree , Nat !
        I tipped the Storm to go back to back at the start of the year, expecting Croft would neatly transition into the Cronk role and it would be all systems as usual. With Croft’s failure to assume that role so far, we have seen Smith now taking over much of the number 7 role when expansive play is on, whilst Riley Jacks just fits into the defensive structure and backs up where needed. This seems to be working well currently and Munster is hitting his straps with it, but an injury to Smith or SOO rests could see dramatic impacts on this whole structure. Makes the GOAT even more vital to be on the park than last year.

      • April 26th 2018 @ 6:21pm
        Da No said | April 26th 2018 @ 6:21pm | ! Report

        I agree with you, except:

        It’s did not done (I hear footy players do this all the time and it drives me crazy); and

        It’s too early to say if storm is not “all powerful”,

        Sunday week could be very telling.

        Can’t wait for the match!

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      April 26th 2018 @ 10:56am
      Jason Andrews said | April 26th 2018 @ 10:56am | ! Report

      I agree Nat, they are not all powerful like last year, how could they be? its not the same team, but the other teams need to take note the Storm are starting to gel and this may cause a problem for the opposition’s premiership hopes

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