Raiders expose Storm 26-16

The Raiders not only jagged the 2 NRL points today, but in beating the fancied Melbourne Storm they blew away a 7 year hoodoo stretching back to 2002 where they had not beaten the Melbourne side on any occasion.

The star for the green machine was Joel Monaghan, the rangy centre bagging 2 tries and showing no ill-effects from his mid-week Origin game.

Most of the Raiders current playing group were unable to remember or experience the last time they defeated the Storm, something Monaghan was on-hand to do many years ago as they 27 year old continued to shine today.

For the Storm, it may be a little concerning entering the business end of the season. While they scored tries through Chambers and Inglis, they did look a little flat for the most part. Fill-in coach Stephen Kearney admitted there was plenty of work to do in the weeks ahead and the Storm lack that aura they once had in years gone by.

Unusually the Storm didn’t start to post points until seconds before half time, then not until the 1 hour mark did they cross the chalk again.

The win keeps the Raiders away from wooden-spoon land and they remain a long outside shot at the NRL Top 8.

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