Stats that Matter - Round 7
See all the crucial numbers to come out of Storm's 34-20 victory over the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
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Melbourne's 14 offloads against the Broncos on Friday night was the side's highest over the last month of football. Only in Storm's Round 3 victory over the Cowboys did Craig Bellamy's side create more second phase plays. The ability to keep the ball alive added considerably to Melbourne's attack, causing the Broncos to scramble on the edges in defence.
The kicking game of Cameron Smith, Ryley Jacks and Cameron Munster all came to the fore helping Melbourne control the contest against Brisbane.
Collectively, the trio of playmakers steered the ship for Melbourne amassing over 100 more meters gained than Brisbane, finishing on 448 for the evening.
Storm's amazing run at Suncorp Stadium continues. The venue has turned into a home away from home of sorts for the men in purple who notched up their eighth straight win over the Broncos at the venue – an amazing feat considering Brisbane's strong home record. Storm won't have to wait too long before returning to the venue, hosting Gold Coast there in Round 10 as a part of the Brisbane Double Header.
There's no doubting the entertainment value of Melbourne's two wingers. Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr provide plenty of firepower on either wing and both players found themselves on the score sheet on Friday night. For Addo-Carr it was the fourth game in a row he has bagged a double when finding the scorers sheet.