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Stats that matter: Round 27 v Broncos

Check out all the stats that matter from Melbourne Storm’s Round 27 clash against the Broncos.


Storm excitedly welcomed three debutantes to the fold at Suncorp Stadium, Sua Fa'alogo (#231), Jack Howarth (#232) and Joe Chan (#233), with all the young guns showing their promise in the purple jersey.

Fa'alogo shone with two tries on debut, while Jack Howarth recorded a solid 31 tackles amongst the run-on squad, followed by five hit-ups from Joe Chan in only 21 minutes off the bench.

Chan and his father Alex (player #71) also become the first father-son duo to player for the Melbourne side.


Upon his debut, Fa'alogo became the fifth Victorian to pull on the purple jersey.

Hailing from Broadmeadows, the 21-year-old took to the field last night alongside Northern Thunder RLC product Young Tonumaipea and joins Dean Ieremia as the third Victorian in the 2023 squad.


Grant Anderson made an impressive return to the NRL side since his last appearance in Round 14, topping the matches run metre charts with 235.

Going on to open Storm's scoreboard and follow up with a second try in the first half, Anderson reaffirmed himself as a reliable feature on the wing.


Following his long-awaited return in Round 26, Ryan Papenhuzen officially cemented his comeback with his first NRL try since Round 16 of the 2022 season, 427 days ago.

Lining up as fullback in place of a rested Nick Meaney, Papenhuyzen also resumed his infamous kicking duties, nailing four of six conversion opportunities.

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