Stats that matter - Round 14
All the stats that matter from an action packed afternoon of Sunday Football as Melbourne hosted the Broncos at AAMI Park.
Melbourne's completion rate has been the barometer for Craig Bellamy's side so far in 2018 and it was on song. Going at 82% completions, Storm were able to drain the Broncos defence, were patient in attack and built the pressure necessary with the ball in hand to put a winning score on the board.
Backing up from his Origin debut on Wednesday night, Felise Kaufusi showed on Sunday why he earned the representative call up from Kevin Walters. Not only did Kaufusi score his third try of the season and create an ever-present danger for the Brisbane defence, he ran for a team high 125 metres which was the second-rower's best for the season.
It was a huge number posted for Storm's back three on Sunday. Amassing over 100 kick return metres more than their opponents, Josh Addo-Carr, Jahrome Hughes and Suliasi Vunivalu rolled their sleeves up and went to work and it paid dividends for Melbourne who were able to springboard up field and turn defence into attack.
Melbourne's win continued a scintillating run of form against the Broncos. The 16-point victory on Sunday was Storm's 15th in the last 17 meetings between the two sides and it was the fifth in a row. The Broncos last win over Melbourne dates back to the middle of 2016.