The Melbourne Storm have posted a convincing 36-20 win over North Queensland at Sunshine Coast Stadium to proceed their NRL finals tune-up.
- The Storm scored six tries towards the Cowboys, together with a double to Cameron Munster
- The victory was arrange within the first half, with the Storm forward 24-Four on the break
- The Storm are in second place on the ladder, trailing Penrith by three factors
The Storm saved a grip on second place on the ladder — sitting 4 factors away from the Sydney Roosters — and prolonged their document towards the Cowboys to 11 straight wins, whereas in addition they maintained their unbeaten document at their adopted residence floor.
They continue to be three factors behind the ladder-leading Panthers with two rounds remaining till the finals.
They arrange the victory with an enormous first half, racing to a 24-Four lead on the break.
But it surely was North Queensland who received off to the higher begin when younger winger Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow ran onto a grubber by Esan Marsters, which triggered some confusion within the Storm defence.
The 4-Zero lead quickly evaporated, nonetheless, when Cowboys firebrand Josh McGuire was despatched to the sin-bin within the seventh minute for “verbal dissent”, having given referee Grant Atkins a foul-mouthed spray after he was tackled.
Whereas McGuire was off the sphere, each Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Tino Faasuamaleaui crashed by way of the center for transformed tries, and the Storm established a 12-Four lead.
Winger Josh Addo-Carr confirmed a clear pair of heels and five-eighth Cameron Munster crossed both aspect of half-time to make it 26 factors and it was successfully game-over after 45 minutes.
To the Cowboys’ credit score, they rallied within the second half to no less than make a fist of the competition.
Marsters scooted by way of an enormous gap and outpaced Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu for a 40-metre strive, whereas ex-Melbourne playmaker Scott Drinkwater put up a pinpoint kick for Kyle Feldt to outleap Addo-Carr.
However the Storm then ended any hope of an unlikely upset when Jahrome Hughes added their sixth strive of the match within the 67th minute