Stats that Matter – Round 17
Melbourne put up their highest score of the season as their attack showcased its devastating ability to put sides away in a heartbeat. It seemed Brisbane had got themselves back in the game when Jordan Kahu converted a 53rd minute try to cut the margin to eight. However by the time the 64th minute ticked over Storm had piled on three quick tries for an unassailable lead. With a rock solid spine and wingers almost impossible to catch in open space, this Storm attack takes some serious stopping when it is in full flight.
On a Friday night, under lights, in front of a crowd of 41,000-plus, Curtis Scott proved his class. The 19-year-old finished the fifth NRL game of his career with two tries as well as three line breaks, the equal most of any Storm player in a game this season. He was put into some great positions by experienced players around him but what was most impressive was that when his moments arrived, Scott what ready to take them each and every time.
When you win that many games against a team on their own ground it is safe to start calling it a home away from home. Friday night’s win made it seventh heaven for Melbourne against the Broncos, with those wins coming at an average margin of 16.3 points. You have to go back to Round 2, 2009 for the last time Brisbane got the better of their purple counterparts on their own ground.
That is a number Cameron Munster is starting to look very, very comfortable in. With Queensland to announce their team for the Origin decider on Monday, his performance on Friday night could not have been better timed. He provided an assist on the night and produced a first half line break which set up another. The 22-year-old looked dangerous every time he touched the ball and has the ability to make the players around him better. An Origin debut appears right around the corner.
Storm jumped the Broncos, breaking through their line four times in the opening 15 minutes to open up a 14-nil advantage in the blink of an eye. They did not break through again for the remainder of the first half but the Broncos defence was rattled and second-guessed themselves from then on. Melbourne finished the game with nine line breaks in total, their equal highest of the season.