Competition - NRL
Round - Round 13
Teams – Melbourne Storm v Penrith Panthers
Date –    4th of June 2016
Venue – AAMI Park, Melbourne VIC
Photographer – Brett Crockford
Description –

Storm defence breaking records

26 points. 4 tries. 4.3 points per game.

They are the numbers that sum up the Storm defence over the last six weeks.

You have to go back 26 years for the last time a team conceded fewer points over a six-game stretch.

The Penrith Panthers were the last to do it, allowing just 25 points between Rounds 15-20 of the 1990 NSWRL season.

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Tigers, Sunday 26 June, 4pm.

Now the Storm defence is putting up numbers never before seen since the NRL was formed in 1998.

Storm’s remarkable defensive run began with shutout victories over the Warriors and Titans back in Rounds 8 and 9.

It was the first time the Club had kept its opponents scoreless two weeks in a row.

Since then the men in purple have allowed just four tries on their way to a seven game winning streak that has seen them move to the top of the NRL ladder.

Currently the best defence in the NRL, Storm have conceded 53 fewer points than the second ranked Eels.

Craig Bellamy’s side is allowing just over 10 points per game this season, should they continue to do so they will go down as the best defensive record during a season in the NRL era.

The 2007 Storm side, which conceded 11.5 points per game, holds that record currently.

Melbourne’s relentless defence has been built on the back of unshakeable tackling. Storm have missed the fewest tackles in the competition, just 21 per game.

Storm’s defence will be put to the test once again this weekend when they face the Dragons in Round 15. Craig Bellamy’s side will travel to WIN Stadium in Wollongong, looking to continue their winning streak.

It has been a tremendous start to the year for the purple wall, now it is time to further strengthen its foundations.