Slater, Storm smoke Brisbane

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The Brisbane Broncos were coming up against the Melbourne Storm, with both teams coming off impressive wins last week. The game was covered in controversy with the referees yet again being put in the limelight after a call had players and commentators stunned.

The Broncos would make a single change to their line up, with Sam Thaiday coming into the starting line up for Tevita Pangai Jnr. The Melbourne Storm would keep the same 17 that was named during the week, and it would pay off early after a Broncos scare.

An Anthony Milford kick across field would find the hands of Jamayne Isaako, who somehow popped a ball over 3 players to find a flying James Roberts. Roberts would go over to open the scoring, with Isaako hitting the post to leave it at 4-0 after 4 minutes.

With the Storm close to the line 3 minutes later, Cameron Smith passed to Billy Slater who would drop kick the ball in goal. He would chase it and plant it down, with the referees going upstairs for a try. Slater's reaction looked as if to say that he knew it wouldn't be given, however the referees deemed that it was a permitted kick and Slater would end up opening the account. Commentators on radio and TV stations were fuming, as they were sure it was the wrong call. Cam Smith would convert to make it 6-4.

6 minutes later, Billy Slater would finish off some fantastic play on the left edge to extend the Storm's lead. Cameron Munster and Curtis Scott would team up to send Josh Addo-Carr flying down the left sideline. He would produce a fantastic banana kick that would bounce into the arms of Slater to make it 12-4 after the conversion.

Josh Addo-Carr would then get his return, with Will Chambers sending Suliasi Vunivalu through on a run. Vunivalu would grubber inside, with Slater there yet again but the Broncos would cover that. Vunivalu would send a 30 metre buzzer across to his partner to allow Addo-Carr to get over for a try. Smith would miss the conversion to keep it at 16-4.

Brisbane would try to hit back, but a Cameron Smith penalty goal would make it 18-4. That's how it would stay through until halftime, with the first Slater try a huge talking point.

Brisbane would get to open the accounts first in the second half, with some great vision from Kodi Nikorima finding Jamayne Isaako to get over in the right corner. He would miss his own conversion, but it would open up some confidence with the Broncos. They would force Vunivalu to drop the ball and it would open up in the next two sets.

Cameron Smith got the official sin bin warning and in the very next set, Tevita Pangai Jnr sent Alex Glenn over after a poor Will Chambers read to bring the game to a converted try. Isaako would convert to bring the game back to 18-14 with just 20 minutes left.

In true Melbourne fashion, they would hit back after a couple of piggy-back errors from the Broncos. Some lovely expansive play saw Cameron Munster grubber through into the in-goal for Josh Addo-Carr to get his second of the game. Cameron Smith would convert his kick to put the lead back out to 10 from the Storm with 17 minutes to go.

Anthony Milford would take it upon himself to bring the Broncos back into it, with a fantastic grubber and chase from the halfback to recover his own kick and go over to drag his Broncos back into the game under the posts. Jamayne Isaako would sink the conversion from in front to make it 24-20 with just under 13 minutes left.

That would be back out to 10 points, as Milford would become the Brisbane villain in the space of a minute. He lost all concentration with a Will Chambers kick and Suliasi Vunivalu would go around the Broncos half to plant the ball down. Cameron Smith would miss the kick to keep it at 28-20 with 8 minutes left.

Will Chambers would then get his name on the scoreboard, going around Jack Bird off a scrum and straight over Corey Oates to make it 32-20 with 4 minutes left on the clock. Cameron Smith would put over the crucial conversion to make it 34-20.

Matt Lodge would end up on report for putting Christian Welch in a dangerous position with 3 minutes left, to just sum up the Broncos night in the end.

Brisbane would end up at 3-4 after the game, hoping for other results to stay in the top 8 while Melbourne move to 4-3 and cement themselves in the top 8.



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