Another Double Header thriller awaits
If the past two years are anything to go by, May 12 will be one of the most exciting nights of the 2018 season.
It will be the third installment of the Brisbane Double Header with Storm to again feature in the showpiece event against the Gold Coast Titans.
That opening game will precede the Brisbane Broncos clash against the Manly Sea Eagles.
Melbourne have been one of the pioneers of the Double Header, with their previous two games as part of the marquee fixture proving to be pulsating clashes.
Each game has been decided by a total of one and two points respectively.
More than 52,000 fans piled in for the 2016 Double Header – the biggest ever crowd Melbourne Storm have played in front of outside of a Grand Final.
With tickets now on sale to the general public we look back at the two previous games to get you pumped up and ready to do it all again in Round 10 next season!
Round 10, 2016 – Storm 15 def Cowboys 14
Two Premiership contenders locked horns in front of a sold-out crowd at Suncorp Stadium and the contest certainly lived up to its billing. It was the Cowboys who drew first blood to take an early 8-nil lead before Storm’s Kiwi second-rowers Tohu Harris and Kevin Proctor both crossed the line in the space of six minutes to give Melbourne a 12-8 half-time lead. A Cameron Smith penalty edged the margin out to six but the Cowboys leveled the scored in the 54th minute to set up a tense finale. Despite all eyes being on Cooper Cronk, it was the Storm skipper who stepped up with nine minutes to play to slot the game-winning field goal.
Round 10, 2017 – Storm 36 def by Titans 38
Despite Melbourne ending up on the wrong side of the ledger there was no denying that this was one of the game of the season this year. 13 tries, 74 points, five lead changes and more than 44,000 fans – it was the game that had it all. The Titans raced out of the blocks before the ‘old firm’ of Smith, Cronk and Slater combined to orchestrate three tries in eight minutes for an eventual 18-16 half-time lead. Gold Coast hit back though to snatch a 10-point lead before yet another three-try Storm burst, this time in just six minutes, restored their lead. With victory seemingly in sight for Melbourne it would be the Titans, with just one player on the bench, who would pull of the miracle with two late tries snatching the win and inflicting just the second loss for Storm at Suncorp Stadium since 2005.