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Melbourne storm to victory in NRL season opener

Suliasi Vunivalu of the Storm runs with the ball during the round six NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Newcastle Knights at AAMI Park on April 13, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)
14th March, 2019
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The Melbourne Storm have won their opening match of the NRL season again, getting the better of the Brisbane Broncos at home.

The Storm came flying out of the gates, putting on the opening try of the season in the fourth minute through Jahrome Hughes.

It might have been a fraction lucky, as was their second try when Curtis Scott scored from long-range, running onto a Jack Bird dropped ball, but the Storm dominated the first 25 minutes of the contest without letting up for a moment.

Melbourne were all over the Broncos, and could easily have had three or four tries before the Broncos finally started to settle into the game if not for a couple of bombed opportunities, including a dropped grubber over the line from Felise Kaufusi.

The Storm slowed down a little bit towards the end of the first half, but still stayed strong in defence and went into the halftime break 10-0 ahead on the back of playing their footy at a high pace and having their forward pack rolling over the top of the visitors.

Cameron Munster was also outstanding, and stayed that way early in the second half as the Storm ran on another try to go up 14-0, with Kenny Bromwich running through an enormous gap in the defensive line to score.

The Broncos looked out of the game, but turned things around with a couple of quick tries, both to Corey Oates. The first saw him tip-toe down the sideline, before he had an offload thrown at him from Jesse Bromwich to score against the run of play again.

That would be all the Broncos had to cheer about though, as Jesse Bromwich came up with a try just 13 minutes from fulltime to put the game away off a lovely Cameron Munster pass.

The Broncos will search for their first win next week when they host the North Queensland Cowboys, while the Storm hit the road to play the Raiders.


Final score

Melbourne Storm 22
Brisbane Broncos 12