Storm thrash Warriors on Anzac Day

Melbourne Storm 50 defeat New Zealand Warriors 10.

Game Review.
After an exciting game one on Anzac Day, we then headed south to watch the Melbourne Storm host the New Zealand Warriors.

Just like the Dragons in the last game, the Storm came out of the sheds ready to go with an awesome try scored in just their second set of the game. A Billy Slater chip over to the corner was picked up by Storm fill in winger Young Tonumaipea who then put boot to ball and grubbered it back in field for young halfback Ryley Jacks to pick up and score. The Storm then went on to extend their lead 10 minutes later when a grubber in goal was poorly handled by the Warriors defence which gave Storm second rower Ryan Hoffman an easy pick up and put down against his old team. Straight off the back of the Hoffman try, the Storm charged down field and thanks to an incredible short ball by Cameron Munster to send big boy Christian Welch over for a try, the Storm were able leap out to a quick 18-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes.

The slaughter continued when off the back of the last Storm try, the men in purple charged down the sideline and through a Curtis Scott line break, the Storm were able to go over again through Billy Slater running support. Did you think the stampede was over yet? Well the answer was no, as yet again, off the next set of the game, Felise Kaufusi flew through the Warriors defensive line to send Young Tonumaipea over. The Storm led the Warriors 30-0 after only 25 minutes of play, yes you read that right!

The Warriors were able to slow down the Storm's momentum for roughly 10 minutes before Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr was able to beat four defender and sprint away for an 80 metre dash and join the scoresheet. Cameron Smith was a perfect 7/7 from the boot to give the Storm a whopping 38-0 half time lead!

The second half for the Warriors was always going to be spent trying to save their impressive point difference, and it started well for them with a great through the hands play for winger David Fusitu'a to go over in the opening 5 minutes of the second half. Despite only the one try, the second half saw a much improved Warriors side, with an increased lift of energy, aggression and hustle, especially in the forward pack. The lift of intensity by the Warriors in the second half finally paid off when they went over again through David Fusitu'a for a double off the back of a sloppy set that just turned out to be the goods.

The Storm ended the Warriors 10-0 scoring drought just a few minutes later however when fullback Billy Slater took advantage down the short side with a beautiful cut out pass for Josh Addo-Carr to dive over and grab his second of the game. The Warriors were quick to get going again and attempt to fix the scoreline up, but a number of errors let the Storm out of jail, before the Storm struck again when Cameron Munster sent Kenny Bromwich through the line who hit his support player in Billy Slater who then selflessly passed up on an open try line and instead gave young halfback Ryley Jacks his double. The Warriors had a much improved second half, only losing the half 12-10, but the first hard domination by the Storm gives them the 2 competition points and three wins on the trot. Cameron Smith deserves a mention for a beautiful 9/9 kicking performance from the tee.

The Warriors now join the Eels and Titans as the only teams to concede 50 points or more this season. Sadly for the second placed Warriors, no team in NRL history has gone on to win the Premiership within the year of conceding 50 points or more. The Storm however are coming off three straight dominant and big wins, all over top 8 teams too. The Storm looked to have found their 2017 form finally, and for now move into the top 4 pending the Panthers and Tigers results. The Warriors hold onto second place for now, but with the huge loss, it was a massive hit to their point difference, and both the Panthers and Tigers can jump the Warriors with a win.

Stonecold's Player Of The Game: Billy Slater (Storm).

Melbourne Storm:
4' Ryley Jacks (Try)
5' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
14' Ryan Hoffman (Try)
15' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
17' Christian Welch (Try)
19' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
19' Billy Slater (Try)
21' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
22' Young Tonumaipea (Try)
23' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
31' Josh Addo-Carr (Try)
33' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
39' Cameron Smith (Penalty Goal)
63' Josh Addo-Carr (Try)
64' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
72' Ryley Jacks (Try)
73' Cameron Smith (Conversion)

New Zealand Warriors:
44' David Fusitu'a (Try)
45' Mason Lino (Conversion)
60' David Fusitu'a (Try)



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