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Many thought the build up to this top of the table clash would be won up the middle but that theory was smashed in the first 40 minutes.

Melbourne went into the game with a clear intent to burn the opposition with pace on the edge and they did just that.

Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr left the home crowd at WIN Stadium in stunned silence, as they both secured first half doubles with efforts that had to be seen to be believed.

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Those four tries all came in the first 25 minutes as the wingers made sure the efforts of their teammates would not go to waste.

“(The Dragons) have started all their games well this year so we knew if we didn’t come down here and start well we would be chasing all day,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

“I didn’t expect we were going to get that far ahead, it was just a great effort from our players.

“That first half is probably as good as we’ve played all year.”

Billy Slater returned to the try scorers’ sheet for the first time in two years, securing a double of his own in the second half.

Bellamy made a point of acknowledging the outstanding performance of his back three.

“Their finishing, scoring six tries between them, they were tremendous,” he said.

“Billy just seems to get a little bit better each week, Suli is unbelievable, he could be anything and Josh has been outstanding come into our Club.

“We are really happy with the way those guys are playing and they were really important to us for this game.”

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