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SportNo Slater, no problem as Storm show Broncos who's boss in NRL opener

21:42  14 march  2019
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Billy Slater made a winning return to Storm colours in Melbourne’ s thrilling two-point NRL win over Brisbane at AAMI Park. The Broncos took the lead in the second half via a brilliant individual try by halfback Ben Hunt, who dummied and then cut through some lazy Melbourne defence including Smith.

The Storm ’ s champion custodian Billy Slater was in anything and everything as Melbourne hung on for a nailbiting first up win over a gallant Dragons outfit. But the Storm will take it, knowing they must bank as many early wins as possible with the Origin period and a tough end of season MORE IN nrl .

Some faces have changed at Melbourne Storm but they put on a classic defensive display to take down the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on Thursday night in front of 16,239 fans.

New fullback Jahrome Hughes was energetic in his first run since Billy Slater’s retirement scoring the opening try in his club's 22-12 win over the underwhelming Broncos.

The visitors lost James Roberts to what looked like a painful back injury and face a nervous wait as to whether Matt Lodge is cited for a late hit on Cameron Munster.

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The Broncos were very ordinary tonight. They made a host of errors and their attack lacked a lot of The Dragons made their own share of mistakes but they overcame them with more enterprise in attack, and on that front Widdop and Hunt showed great promise. Another error in a messy season opener .

Storm v Broncos : a one-sided rivalry forged in fire of 2006 NRL grand final | Nick Tedeschi. The Storm had a host of missed opportunities in the first half with Suliasi Vunivali dropping it with the line From there, it was the Storm show with Slater scoring the first of his double in the 60th minute to kick

"I might chance my mind tomorrow when I look at the tape but I thought Jahrome was our best player tonight, he was outstanding," Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.'

"He was effective with a lot of things that he did. His test will be to be consistent with that."

No Slater, no problem as Storm show Broncos who's boss in NRL opener © AAP Not bad for openers: Jahrome Hughes crosses for the Storm for the first try of the season.

At the core of the Storm's win was their defence. They repeatedly denied the visitors chances, keeping them scoreless in the opening hour before two Corey Oates tries put new life into the contest, those scores aside the Broncos hardly had a sniff of the line.

The Storm couldn't have asked for a better start to the season as they forced several repeat sets in the opening minutes as the Broncos gave away penalties in the face of the home side’s attack.

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Nearly everyone who was at the Storm at the time will call it their most disappointing moment. The likes of Cameron Smith and Billy Slater were already playing with a chip on their shoulder after being snubbed by their home-state And that is the difference in this rivalry, as one-sided as any in the NRL .

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Broncos prop Matt Lodge was hearing boos every time he touched the ball and they only got louder when he hit Munster after he kicked on the first set. Whether the hit is worthy of further punishment will answered on Friday.

Hughes was in the spotlight all week as Billy Slater's replacement at fullback and it was in front of the newly named "Slater Stand" that Hughes ran over to score the club’s first try on four minutes.

Hughes might not have been the Storm's first choice at but he proved the right man for the right moment.

Roberts went off soon after wasn't seen again.

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold said Roberts was still hurting post game and he didn't carry any back issues into the game.

No Slater, no problem as Storm show Broncos who's boss in NRL opener © NRL Photos Contribution: Corey Oates did his best for Brisbane with two tries but it wasn't enough for his side.

"Jimmy is not real flash to be fair - he hurt a disk in his back in his first carry," Seibold said.

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There have been 69 players who have scored 100 or more tries in Australian top-level rugby league , i.e. the NRL and its predecessors, the NSWRL, ARL and SL premierships.

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"That hurt us a bit and had an impact on our interchanges.

"We will see how Jimmy pulls up and get the doctor to assess him.

"He was still in a bit of agony, he's not laying down or anything."

No Slater, no problem as Storm show Broncos who's boss in NRL opener © AAP New era: the win over Brisbane was Melbourne's first in the era after Billy Slater, who now has a stand named after him at AAMI Park.

The Storm's attack wasn't as cutting-edge as fans might expect but their defence was firing well. The Broncos struggled to create much in the few times they had possession in the opening 15 minutes.

Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu showed his side's defensive sharpness when his heavy tackle knocked the ball  into the path of Curtis Scott, who ran from 55 minutes out to score the second try.

Felise Kaufusi should have added a third after running onto a perfect grubber kick but he fumbled the ball as he attempted to ground it and was furious with himself.

The Broncos looked a team under siege and couldn’t get hands on the ball but, despite looking tired from extended defensive stands, the visitors rode a few close calls to keep the score at 10-0 at half-time.

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Melbourne’s attack looked sharper after the break and seven minutes in Munster drew in Kodi Nikorima and dished off to Kenny Bromwich for a try and a 16-0 lead.

No Slater, no problem as Storm show Broncos who's boss in NRL opener © AAP Try time: Kenny Bromwich celebrates his contribution to Melbourne's 10-point win over Brisbane.

Against the run of play the Broncos scored their first as a flowing move to the left created space for Corey Oates to score in the corner cutting the lead to 16-6.

Oates had his second minutes later after Jesse Bromwich’s offload went into his arms before he beat three chases to make it 16-12 with 16 minutes to play.

But Bromwich made up for his error minutes later, pulling out a surprising step and dummy before sliding into score.

Storm centre Tom Eisenhuth came on with eight minutes to go for his club debut. His last game was in 2012 with Penrith Panthers before injuries sidelined him.

The Storm play Canberra Raiders in Canberra next Friday night while the Broncos host North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on the same night.

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