A strong finish to Saturday afternoon’s Trial was not enough for Melbourne to snatch victory over the Bulldogs in Hobart.
Trailing 8-28, Storm put on several unanswered late tries to reduce the margin to four points in the dying stages but were unable to overturn the result.
Earlier, the Bulldogs got off to a fast start, scoring through Brenko Lee before Josh Reynolds further extended Des Hasler’s side’s lead.
Josh Addo-Carr scored Melbourne’s only try during the first half of play as Storm trailed 4-18 at the main break.
Both sides rotated through their interchange benches during the contest with experienced Storm duo Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk only featuring during the first half of play.
Cameron Munster, Brodie Croft, Ryley Jacks all were used through the halves during the afternoon as Storm fought their way back into the contest during the second half.
A final foray down the right wing gave Storm a chance to claim victory in the final seconds of the contest however the Bulldogs rallied in defence to quell the Storm attack.
Melbourne Storm 24
Canterbury Bulldogs 28