The Melbourne Storm have found their mojo, going back-to-back for the first time this season.
Putting themselves back on the map, it was a masterclass by Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster.
Doing his Origin credentials no harm, he was involved in everything in the Storm attack.
As the saying in Top Gun goes, ‘I feel the need…the need, for speed!’
It was all about the blistering speed of Josh Addo-Carr who was also involved in everything.
As the game went back and forth, the Brisbane Broncos looked to be in the hunt.
Although a late flurry from the Storm put any hopes of a win to bed.
The loss was exacerbated by an elbow ligament injury to hooker Andrew McCullough.
The Broncos refused to throw in the towel and found their inner resolve.
Tevita Pangai Jr. summoned his inner halfback to set up tries for both Alex Glenn and Jamayne Isaako.
Anthony Milford quickly turned from hero to villain for the Broncos fans.
First, he scored a brilliant solo effort, chipping, regathering and scoring under the posts.
Before he had a brain explosion, failed to clear a Will Chambers grubber and allowing winger Suliasi Vunivalu to score.
The Storm do have an injury concern of their own, though, with Kiwi international Jesse Bromwich injuring ligaments in his knee.
In the end, defensive lapses cost the Broncos. The Storm, though, look to have found their attacking spark once more.
It could be an ominous sign for the remainder of the season.
An interesting ruling was made concerning a Storm try and whether it was kicked, not kicked or a drop kick.
The rule baffled Broncos coach Wayne Bennett but he admits he does not know enough about it.
“That is a tough one. I’m not sure. I don’t know the rule well enough,” Bennett said.
“But that is a game changer if that is to be the standard going forward. It was never intended to be a drop-kick and the ball hit the ground.
“So what are we saying now – if we knock the ball on and it hits the ground and we still kick at it, it’s a drop-kick?”
“He definitely lost the ball. He went to kick it. He missed it. It hit the ground.”
There was nothing but praise for Munster, as Storm captain Cameron Smith praised his form.
”With the limited preparation that he had, being in that World Cup squad, he didn’t have a full preseason,” Smith said.
”He’s certainly found a fair bit of form in the last couple of weeks, and was very good in the opening round when he played fullback.
”The inclusion of Ryley Jacks has helped Cameron settle in to that [five-eighth] position.
He plays with a really level head and not many things fluster him. It’s allowed him to go out and play his natural game.”
Player of the Game:
3. Cameron Munster
2. Josh Addo-Carr
- Tevita Pangai Jr.