Digital Image by Ian Knight © nrlphotos.com: NYC, Rugby League, Round 9, Melbourne Storm v New Zealand Warriors @ AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC, Saturday May 10th, 2014.

Thunderbolts record back-to-back wins

Melbourne Storm's Thunderbolts have recorded their fifth win of the 2014 season, defeating Manly 28-14 at AAMI Park on Saturday evening.

A strong first half performance allowed the young Melbourne side to gain the ascendency, looking for back-to-back wins in order to stay in touch of the top eight.

Defence reigned supreme in the opening stanza of play in wet and slippery conditions at AAMI Park. It was the home side who who gained an early advantage, crossing in the fifth minute of play to open up a 4-0 lead before it was pegged back by the visiting Sea Eagles just seven minutes later thanks to Luke Garner.  

Two tries within the final 10 minutes of the half allowed the hosts to break away, with a late try to Melbourne handing Matt Adamson's try 14-4 lead at half-time. Niua Finau Puaka's try on the right wing late in the half 

Looking solid and compact in defence, the Thunderbolts continued on from their good work in the second stanza.

With 13 minutes remaining in the contest, Junior Kirisome's acrobatic effort on the left wing all but sealed victory for his side before two late tries for the Sea Eagles reduced the lead.

Another try to Niua Finau Puaka on the final siren put an exclamation mark on the win, sending his side into next round's meeting with the Cowboys in Townsville on a high.

Melbourne Storm 28 defeated Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14