Storm edge out Dragons

It was a high quality display at Etihad Stadium, with home side Melbourne Storm edging out the Dragons 17-4 in front of 25,000 fans.

In a highly defensive affair, there were no touchdowns in the first half and despite the Dragons looking slightly better in the first stanza – the Storm took a 4 point lead thanks for penalties into halftime.

Such was the defense of these sides, opponents further down the ladder should be shuddering at playing either the Storm or St George Illawarra. These two sides are the benchmark so far this year and the Storm now remain unbeaten and move to 8 NRL competition points.

Cronk was impressive given his extended layoff from the team through injury, the no.7 looking like he had never been away with some good involvement and clutch plays at the backend of the game.

Interestingly the Dragons have not beaten the Storm in Melbourne since 1999 – a killer hoodoo that will now remain in place.

The usual suspects were at it for the Storm; Slater and Smith having an impact – however the hard-working Aiden Tolman continues to grow in stature with another top notch game for his club.

With the Dragons slightly behind at halftime, then drifting further back after early second half tries – they were probably guilty of trying to change their style too much. Chasing points and pushing the pass at a time when they needed to build pressure more patiently.

The Saints are at home to the Broncos next week and the Melbourne Storm are away to the Gold Coast Titans in what should be a decent clash.

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