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Storm's back line shreds the Warriors

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Roar Guru
26th June, 2020
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Ryan Papenhuyzen was absolutely amazing in Melbourne’s 50-6 thrashing of the Warriors on Friday night.

Against a very poor Warriors side, Papenhuyzen came up with two tries along with two try assists for 146 running metres.

Winger Suliasi Vunivalu scored a hat trick. First-gamer for the Storm, Paul Momirovski, scored a double.

Cameron Smith was also very good with a try assist, kicking seven out of nine goals and making 37 tackles.

Halfback Jahrome Hughes played a glorious game with three try assists next to his name.

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Cameron Munster went off in the second half with a leg injury but there has been no word on the nature of the injury and how long he may be out for.

Brandon Smith coming off the bench was exciting with one try and 120 running metres, while Tino Faasuamaleaui made 174 running metres.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck continued his form in running metres by making 280 metres with six tackle breaks.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in a huddle

(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Ken Maumalo did what he does best with 191 running metres.

The Warriors were beaten 50-6 with the only try going to winger Patrick Herbert off a pass from Gerard Beale.

Halfback Blake Green managed 235 kick metres and ten running metres.

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The Warriors missed 35 tackles to the Storm’s 30 as they also made 13 errors to the Storm’s ten.

Tohu Harris made the most tackles with 50.

Sacking coach Stephen Kearney was a stupid idea but coming up against the dominant Storm would also be very hard.

The Storm take on the back-to-back premiers in the Roosters on Thursday and the Warriors take on the baby Broncos on Saturday for their respective Round 7 games.

The Warriors have a tough few games coming up with the Broncos, Titans, Sharks and the Roosters. The Warriors should beat the Titans but it would still be a very tough game.

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Meanwhile, the Storm have the Roosters, Raiders, Titans and the Broncos, which are all very winnable games that can cement their top-four spot and maybe first place on the NRL ladder.