Stats that matter - Round 12
All the key numbers from Melbourne's one-point victory on Friday night against North Queensland.
It was the narrowest of margins but it all counts. Storm's one-point victory came courtesy of Cameron Munster's calmly slotted field goal in the 72nd minute of play. The Queensland playmaker was brilliant for Storm all evening with his one-pointer putting the icing on the cake, handing Melbourne a crucial victory.
Prior to the Round 12 encounter Melbourne had won seven straight games against North Queensland. On Friday night they made it eight as their brilliant run against the Johnathan Thurston led side continued. Melbourne's victory away from home was also it's third in a row at 1300SMILES Stadium.
It's not a number you often see running around in the fullback position but Storm fans had a lot to like from their acting general on Friday night. Playing in just his seventh game of first-grade, Jahrome Hughes looked every bit the part. Assured in defence, blistering at times in attack and classy with the football in hand. There's a lot to look forward to from the 23-year old.
Melbourne's completion rate has been a talking point of the season to date and on Friday night it was a much improved showing from Craig Bellamy's side. Storm were well up on last week's efforts, completing at 82% against North Queensland. It will be a platform they will be sure to look to build on as they enter the all important Origin period.