Not a night to remember fondly but there were some interesting stats to come out of Saturday night’s thriller against the Titans.
When you make that many more tackles than the opposition it is bound to catch up with you. Having surrendered 60% of possession, Melbourne was forced to defend for large chunks of the game. That took its toll physically which may have been a reason for the late fade out but it does highlight the pressure you put yourself under when you are unable to control possession.
As was the case in Melbourne’s other defeat this season, a poor completion rate came back to haunt them. On Saturday night Storm completed just 61 per cent of their sets. Since the loss to the Sharks back in Round 6 it seemed Melbourne had vastly improved its ball control but this latest defeat showed there is still some more ahead for Craig Bellamy’s men.
It is a number that saw Melbourne enter the record books but unfortunately it would be for all the wrong reasons. Storm’s tally of 36 points became the highest losing score in NRL history.
Storm fans may not have seen their side win but what they did see was the emergence of Cameron Munster as a five-eighth. The 22-year-old had the best game of his short career in the No.6. He produced two line break assists for tries and laid in a try assist of his own as well as three offloads. Munster looked right at home in just his third game in the new playmaking role which should fill the purple faithful with plenty of confidence for the remainder of the year.