Storm's Rep Round Wrap
New South Wales 18 def Queensland 14
New South Wales captured their second series win in 13 years on Sunday night in an incredible game of football that had all five Storm players at the centre of the action. Josh Addo-Carr scored the Blues' first try of the game in the 24th minute, it was a terrific solo effort against the run of play that awoke the home side and helped overturn the early 10-nil deficit. Will Chambers was the other Storm player to cross the line with the game's final try in the 62nd minute with the centre also adding a try assist to his name. Billy Slater was at his scintillating best in Queensland's hot start, Cameron Munster proved his standing as one of the NRL's best playmakers currently and Felise Kaufusi had a try assist of his own.
PNG Kumuls 26 def Fiji Bati 14
Papua New Guinea sprang an upset to defeat their Pacific rivals. Storm back Justin Olam showcased his versatility by playing at fullback with outstanding effect. Olam set the contest alight in the shadows of half-time with a sensational flick pass to set up a teammate before collecting a pass 90 seconds later to run 45 metres and score to give the Kumuls a 22-point half-time lead. Tui Kamikamica was in action for Fiji at lock while Suliasi Vunivalu joined his Melbourne teammate on the try sheet in the 68th minute and also had another disallowed earlier in the second half despite some aerial brilliance.
Samoa 22 def by Tonga 38
The atmosphere was electric at Campbelltown Stadium as Samoan and Tongan supporters waved their respective flags with great pride. Unfortunately Sam Kasiano had a short-lived return to the representative stage as he was forced from the field with a knee injury. Kasiano will be assessed by the Club's medical staff to determine the extent of the injury.
New Zealand 18 def England 36
History was made over the weekend when New Zealand and England played a test match in Denver, Colorado. Nelson Asofa-Solomona flew the purple flag, putting in a strong performance in defence as the Kiwis starting prop and laid off a terrific offload in the 13th minute. If was not enough though as the English ran away with the victory at Mile High Stadium.
NSW Residents 36 def Queensland Residents 20
It was not a great day for the Queensland Residents who trailed 30-nil at the break however there was plenty of promising signs shown by Storm youngsters. With the score line at 36-4 heading into the closing stages, Billy Walters and Scott Drinkwater both turned it on. Both players combined to help set up their captain Blake Leary and 90 seconds later Drinkwater beat three men to the try line with an eye-catching solo effort. Walters then proved instrumental in the Queensland Residents' final try with a line break and then clever chip kick for the assist. Lachlan Timm and Patrick Kaufusi were also at his workhorse best up the middle of the field.