The Melbourne Storm were back to their trademark best in their close win against the Rabbitohs in Perth.
Storm assists Melbourne
The slippery conditions in the west really helped Melbourne utilise their slow, grinding game to the best of their ability. While they did give away plenty of penalties, it worked in their favour, continuously halting any momentum Souths threw at them. It just goes to show that despite having one of the flashier backlines in the competition, their team can still come away with the two points without using their speed.
Rabbitohs Rue Missed Chances
Speaking of penalties, the Rabbitohs had plenty of chances to take the two points and climb their way back into the contest, but continually declined. It was an admirable choice to back their attack, but with their brilliant defence and the conditions suiting them, there was no way the Bunnies could penetrate Melbourne’s line. It wasn’t the first time this season Souths only scored 6 points, so they’ll be looking to bounce back and put on some points against Parramatta this weekend.
AJ and Suliasi Put On A Show
What a sight it was to see Alex Johnston chase down Fijian flyer Suliasi Vunivalu. After taking a bomb in his own 20, Vunivalu broke through and looked set to score a near length of the field try. However, Rabbitohs fans breathed a sigh of relief as their own speedster ran down the rookie winger, who coughed up the ball in the process. It was a great contest between two of the youngest and exciting talents in the competition despite the conditions.
King Cam In Control
Once again it was Cameron Smith who controlled the game brilliantly. His control of the speed of the ruck helped slow down the Rabbitohs attack, also allowing his players plenty of time to make crucial decision making with the ball. But it was an early 40/20 kick that set the tone for the match, with the Storm eventually scoring off the set piece. It was just another game that showed how much of a quality game manager he is.