Catch the stats you need to know after Storm’s Round 16 clash with the Manly Sea Eagles.
Playing only 46 minutes, Nelson Asofa-Solomona made every moment count in last night’s clash recording some of the Storm’s best numbers for the night. His unstoppable nature saw him make 17 runs for 163 metres, and an impeccable 100% tackle efficiency all alongside a last-minute dash over the line.
A heart-racing final flurry in the last 6 minutes saw the squad work to stay in a game that wasn’t meant to be.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona reignited the flame going over the line 74 minutes into the clash. On his NRL return after five rounds away, Ryan Papenhuyzen went on to score two tries in two minutes before Justin Olam also threw his hat in the ring, showcasing his determination as he crashed over the line in between Papenhuyzen’s two tries in the 78th.
Brandon Smith celebrated his 100th NRL and Storm game, becoming the 40th player to do so. Smith’s fiery spirit was on display as he put down a try which gave Storm a glimmer of hope in the second half alongside 156 run metres, 14 hit-ups and 20 tackles.
Round 16 saw Jayden Nikorima make his Melbourne Storm debut, becoming player 223. First beginning his NRL Career in 2016 with the Roosters, Nikorima logged 2,264 days between first-grade games.
He sits between Storm players Tom Eisenhuth (2,398) and Sandor Earl (2,056) for the lengthy time away from the NRL stage.