Stats that matter - Round 11
All the stats that matter from an eventful evening at AAMI Park as Melbourne played host to Manly.
Errors have plagued Melbourne's season at times so far in 2018 and on Saturday night they again proved costly. 16 errors made it difficult for Craig Bellamy's side to impart any pressure on the Sea Eagles defence in a frustrating evening. In the post match press conference, stand in captain Billy Slater was left disappointed with Storm's lack of care and responsibility when carrying the football which was represented by a 61% completion rate.
Leading Melbourne out for the first time as captain Billy Slater tried everything to will his side into the contest. The fullback, who was ever-present in Melbourne's push for points and gritty defence recorded a team high 143 metres for the evening.
4 sin bins and 1 send off meant for an eventful night at AAMI Park as tempers flared in Round 11. Jake Trbojevic was the first to go when he was sent to the bin late in the first half for a professional foul. Dylan Walker and Curtis Scott's coming together then resulted in the pair sent away (Scott was sent off) with Api Korisau's involvement earning him a trip to the bin. Flying winger Josh Addo-Carr, like Trbojevic earlier was sent to the bin late in the contest for a professional foul as the Sea Eagles looked to extend their lead.
Melbourne worked overtime in defence against Manly, making 354 tackles during the contest. One of the few shining lights for the hosts came in the form of their goal line defence which scrapped and denied Manly on several occasions as the visitors poured forward.