Trailing 18-10 with just over two minutes left. comebacks don’t get much better than this.
Storm was already coming off back-to-back thrillers after overturning a 10-nil half-time deficit against the Gold Coast before snatching a one-point win over the Broncos at Suncorp the previous week.
A crowd of 12,847 turned out at AAMI Park for the final Monday night game of the 2012 home and away season.
Melbourne was looking to sure up a top four finish while the Sharks had won just two of their last seven games to slip to sixth on the ladder.
Purple hearts skipped a beat just six minutes into the contest when Billy Slater clutched his knee after being tackled and was very slow getting up to play the ball.
However the champion recovered, regrouped and in the 18th minute showcased his trademark brilliance to create the first try of the game.
His clever grubber kick out of dummy half found an unmarked Sisa Waqa to get the scoreboard ticking over.