Competition - NRL Premiership.

Round - 11.

Teams - Parramatta Eels v Melbourne Storm.

Date - 23rd of May 2016.

Venue - Pirtek Stadium, Sydney, NSW.

Photographer - Nathan Hopkins.

Storm have again flexed their defensive muscle to record their fifth win in a row with an 18-6 triumph over Parramatta on Monday night.

A resolute defensive effort and yet another double to boom youngster Suliasi Vunivalu, his fourth in five career games, sealed the impressive win.

Despite suffering a right arm injury on the hour mark Cameron Munster's ability to battle through the pain helped inspired his teammates to finish strong.

Tohu Harris lead the way with a game-high 224 metres while Tim Glasby was unstoppable off the bench, finishing with 189m from just over 40 minutes of playing time.

Forced to weather long stretches of Eels possession, the Storm line never really looked threatened as they made their good ball count time again with some clinical attacking play.

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Storm were forced to defend for much of the opening five minutes but once they held firm they struck with their first foray into Eels territory.

Young dynamo Vunivalu collected a lightning-quick Cooper Cronk pass on six minutes to make it seven tries from five career games.

Storm arrived with their trademark purple wall and came up with two intercepts early to stifle any blue and gold momentum.

The home side suffered an added blow on 13 minutes when Beau Scott limped the sheds with a corked quad and did not return.

The Eels best chance of the half came in the 27th minute when Semi Radradra looked a certain scorer however his efforts to reach for the line were thwarted by a determined Cameron Munster who was an everywhere man in the opening half.

It was a workmanlike first half effort by Melbourne and they were duly rewarded by stretching their lead to 8-0 before the break.

After Vunivalu broke through the Eels line once again, a string of passes off lead to Blake Green placing a chip kick out to the left, hitting Marika Koroibete at full speed and in acres of space to score.

Things took a concerning turn for Storm when Munster suffered a right arm injury five minutes after the restart. Despite being in significant pain the young fullback hung tough to stay in the game.

His courage was perhaps the motivation that helped his side repel the six minutes of Parra possession that followed.

Munster inspired at one end and earned Storm a repeat at the other just after the hour mark.

A Tim Glasby line break off the following goal line drop out set up a golden opportunity that was capitalised on from none other than Vunivalu. The 20-year-old burst through two Eels defenders to reach and find the white chalk.

Cameron Smith stepped up to added the conversion and make in a healthy 14-point lead with 15 minutes to play.

That proved to be the score that broke the Eels' resistance as Melbourne added the sealer less than five minutes later when Cheyse Blair latched onto a Blake Green pass.

Michael Jennings added a consolation try on full-time but this was a night for the purple faithful to savour.

Storm now head into the Origin period with a 9-2 record and will have the bye this weekend ahead of Origin I next Wednesday night.
 

Melbourne Storm 18
Tries:
Suliasi Vunivalu 2, Marika Koroibete, Cheyse Blair
Goals: Cameron Smith

Parramatta Eels 6
Tries:
Michael Jennings
Goals: Michael Gordon