ROUND SEVEN MATCH REPORT | Melbourne Storm 50-6 New Zealand Warriors

Brad Inger reviews the Melbourne Storm’s clash with the New Zealand Warriors. Here’s how the match went.

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Minute Scoring Play Score
12th Try Paul Momirovski (Storm) Storm 4-0
24th Try Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm) Storm 8-0
25th Goal Cameron Smith (Storm) Storm 10-0
27th Try Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm) Storm 14-0
28th Goal Cameron Smith (Storm) Storm 16-0
31st Try Paul Momirovski (Storm) Storm 20-0
32nd Goal Cameron Smith (Storm) Storm 22-0
42nd Try Patrick Herbert (Warriors) Storm 22-4
43rd Goal Chanel Harris-Tavita (Warriors) Storm 22-6
47th Try Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm) Storm 26-6
55th Try Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm) Storm 30-6
56th Goal Cameron Smith (Storm) Storm 32-6
58th Try Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm) Storm 36-6
59th Goal Cameron Smith (Storm) Storm 38-6
62nd Try Brandon Smith (Storm) Storm 42-6
63rd Goal Cameron Smith (Storm) Storm 44-6
73rd Try Josh Addo-Carr (Storm) Storm 48-6
74th Goal Cameron Smith (Storm) Storm 50-6


1st half

With all the news during the week relating to the firing of Stephen Kearney, the Warriors started the match with intent, eager to begin interim coach Todd Payten’s first-grade coaching career on a positive note. The Warriors appeared to have the upper hand, keeping the Storm deep in their own half but could not convert that pressure into points with Ken Maumalo and Patrick Herbert unable to get the ball down when crossing in the corners. The Storm look rattled until Josh Addo-Car snatched a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck grubber to run 60metres up the field which appeared to wake the Storm up. The tries started to flow in quick succession through Suliasi Vunivalu, Ryan Papenhuyzen and a double to Paul Momirovski to hand the Storm a 22-0 lead at the break.

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2nd half

Despite the one-sided scoreline, the Warriors started the 2nd half strongly and were finally on the scoreboard when Patrick Herbert finished off a nice play to touchdown in the corner. The Storm responded quickly, and after Cameron Smith’s first successful Captains Challange overturned a failed fifth tackle attempt, Papenhuyzen was over again to push the Storms lead out to 20. Herbert was almost over for a double but knocked on and look pass from Tuivasa-Sheck. Moments later Tuivasa-Sheck was at it again throwing another no-look pass this time to Gerard Beale who also knocked it on. The Storm looked to be on cruise control when Vunivalu went over for his 2nd and 3rd tries and cemented their impending victory moments later when Brandon Smith bashed over from dummy-half. The Warriors showed a lot of heart but ultimately lacked the class to score points, and their pain continued when Josh Addo-Carr scored the last try of the match toeing forward a Storm chip kick while almost knocking himself out while diving on the loose ball handing the Warriors their heaviest defeat of 2020 with a 50-6 victory.

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The highlight of the match was Vunivalu’s back to back tries. At this stage of the game, the Storm looked to be running training drills, and even with an injury-ravaged bench, they showed minimal signs of fatigue. They will be hoping to continue this clinical performance into next week when they face the Sydney Roosters.


Melbourne Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Suilasi Vunivalu, 3. Justin Olam, 21. Paul Momirovski, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenneath Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane, 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 16. Tom Eisenhuth, 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

New Zealand Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 4. Patrick Herbert, 3. Peta Hiku, 18. Gerard Beale, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Blake Green, 13. Adam Blair, 9. Karl Lawton, 15. Poasa Faamausili, 11. Jack Murchie, 17.Isaiah Papali’i, 12. Tohu Harris, 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 16. Agnatius Paasi, 21. Josh Curran


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