Stats that Matter: Storm v Bulldogs
You have to go back that far for the last time Storm lost a Round 1 game. Craig Bellamy has a knack of getting his boys fit and ready for a season opener. Melbourne’s 1-0 starts continued on Friday night as the streak that extends to 16 years and counting.
What a debut in purple it was for Josh Addo-Carr! The recruit showcased his lightning quick speed to run for 202 metres, 38 more than any other player on the field. His first touch of the football resulted in a 40-metre line break and he did not slow down from there. The excitement machine will have Storm fans sitting on the edge of their seats throughout the season.
Will Chambers became just the 12th player in Storm’s history to reach the 150-game mark and what an eventful milestone it was for him. The rock-solid centre provided the first try assist of the game to Cheyse Blair after just three minutes and was sin binned just before half-time. However he returned to finish with 118 metres and produced several crucial tackles in the second half.
The team’s left edge looks as though it will be tough to tackle this season! Cheyse Blair and Josh Addo-Carr combined for 10 tackle busts between them, resulting in nearly half of the Bulldogs missed tackles (21 in total). Addo-Carr broke four tackles in the first 10 minutes alone.