Stats that Matter – Round 25
It was Storm’s equal biggest ever score at AAMI Park, matching their effort against the Eels back in Round 24, 2013. It all started with an electrifying first half that saw them score 36 points, the most on any team in a first half this season. Storm fans would be forgiven for losing their voice having to cheer for almost the entire 80 minutes as Storm ran in 11 tries and spending for time standing out of their seats than actually sitting in them.
The margin saw Melbourne record their biggest ever win over South Sydney. On the back of 62 per cent of possession, the Melbourne attack simply put their foot to the floor from the outset and never looked like letting up. The Rabbitohs came up with several goal line stands but ultimately the pressure proved too great. A total of 13 line breaks ultimately told the story as Storm constantly found space and from that, the points flowed freely.
If there were questions before hand, surely Saturday night all but confirmed Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr are the most dynamic wing pairing in the NRL. Both wingers scored hat-tricks to make it 41 tries between them this season. Whenever either touches the ball you hear the collect gasp of expectation echo around AAMI Park. Josh and Suli are worth the price of admission alone with fans guaranteed the human highlight reels will put on a show the likes of which you’ve rarely seen. Too add to the cause for celebration, Vunivalu made it 22 tries for the season, seeing him move into the equal leading try scorer in the NRL.
South Sydney might want to avoid coming to Melbourne next year. Their winless run in Victoria continued with Saturday night’s result now making it 15 unsuccessful trips down south for the Bunnies. Of all the trips back home, this one will likely sting the most. The purple faithful won’t mind though, as they enjoyed another win to savour over South Sydney.