Brodie Croft's two first-half tries helped Storm to a 14-6 victory over Wests Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The win saw Melbourne finish with a 1-1 record after the first day of the Auckland Nines.
A win tomorrow against Newcastle at 10:40am (Melbourne time) will see Storm progress to the finals of the tournament.
Showing an improved effort and energy in their second appearance of the day, Melbourne jumped the Tigers thanks to Croft’s two tries. They then managed to ward off a Wests Tigers fightback, holding a narrow two point advantage.
With the game in the balance as the second half progressed, Felise Kaufusi's try held Jason Taylor's side at bay, giving Melbourne some breathing space in the closing stages.