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Junior Rep Report: Round 13

Melbourne Storm’s Jersey Flegg side has produced an inspired performance in front of local support at Seabrook Reserve to hold on for a 22-18 win over the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 13. 

Desperate to keep themselves in the hunt for finals heading into the second half of the season, Storm showed plenty of resilience to overcome two early tries to the visitors and keep themselves in the arm-wrestle. 

Having made the shift to centre to accommodate for the return of Hugo Peel at fullback, the move did little to limit Matthew Hill’s stunning run of try scoring form, the exciting prospect finding the tryline right on the eve of halftime to put Storm down by only six points at the break. 

Up against a physical Manly pack, Storm then retaliated with some firepower of their own in the second half, Tevita Petelo and Suli Pole providing serious aggression and force from the bench. 

Storm were eventually rewarded on the scoreboard for their hard work through the middle of the field, winger Siulagi Pio plucking the ball from the sky to score in the 43rd minute and Trent Veukiso finding the tryline five minutes later.

Manly then hit back through Broden Konz and with Storm now trailing by two-points, they responded in the best possible fashion, Preston Conn winning the race to a well-weighted grubber to take back the lead in the 59th minute. 

Despite a late charge from Manly, Storm’s defence held strong in the final minutes to ensure the Club recorded its 6th win of the season. 

Storm will look to carry the momentum into this Sunday’s exciting Round 14 clash against the Penrith Panthers on Sunday at AAMI Park. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.