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Stats that Matter - Round 22


Josh Addo-Carr led all players on the ground for run metres. 102 of these were off kick returns alone while he also had a game-high seven tackle busts. The Foxx lit up AAMI Park when he broke through several defenders in the first half as the purple army rose as one. Although he was unable to find the try line, his performance on Sunday was proof that he does not always have to, to have an impact on the contest.


When you are restricted to such little possession in the first half you are always going to be chasing the game. Storm simply handed the Sharks too much of the football in the first 40 minutes, robbing the home side of any chance of build meaningful momentum. Against a battled-hardened opposition, that is always going to come back to bite you which is exactly what happened.


Eight tries in eight games for Suliasi Vunivalu. The Fijian Flyer was a victim of his own high standards during the first half of the season when the rugby league world was wondering why he was not scoring every single week. However he has certainly hit his straps at the business end to now make it 13 tries in 19 appearances this season. If he continues this vein of form, he will prove to be at his most dangerous and entertaining best when his team needs him the most.


Three crucial games left to end the 2018 home and away season. It all begins with a massive clash against the Eels at AAMI Park on Friday night. Storm currently sit third on the NRL ladder, one game clear inside the top four and one game behind the top of the table Roosters. This competition is so tight that any form slide becomes a slippery slope, meaning there will be everything to play for against Parramatta.

Acknowledgement of Country

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