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Stats that Matter: Round 3 v Eels

A look back on all the key stats from Saturday night’s nail-biting one-point loss to the Parramatta Eels. 


The squad put in the leg work on Saturday night, running up 1,826 overall run metres. In true fashion, Ryan Papenhuyzen took the cake with 205 run metres, the third most of any player across the competition in Round 3. Cameron Munster and big Nelson Asofa-Solomona followed up with 178 and 160 run metres, respectively. 


After suffering a broken hand in the opening stages of Round 1, Brandon Smith made a speedy comeback, logging 74 minutes in the No.23 jersey on Saturday night. In addition to putting down Storm’s first try of the match, Smith’s impressive return also included 121 run metres, 2-line breaks and 38 tackles. 

Smith welcomed back with a try


Last minute in, Nick Meaney earned himself the title ‘Mr. Fix-it' after stepping into the No.19 jersey for Xavier Coates. Filling in for his third position at Storm, Meaney scored his first NRL double with our second and third tries of the night, with another denied earlier in the match.  

Last min Meaney getting it done

Reminiscent of the Cooper, Slater, Smith combination, Cheese, Munster and Paps lined up some clean passes to lay down a thrilling last-minute try. Equalling the score, the trio were in sync as Smith powered through the field passing to Munster, who sent Papenhuyzen away to secure the points. 

Storm's stars combine


The conversion king. After nursing a pre-season ankle injury and stepping away from the responsibility for the first two rounds, Papenhuyzen returned to the role full-time to secure all four of our try conversions. With the fourth boot converting his own try, there was no stopping the fullback from doing what he does best. 

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