No matter how much they are trailing by, the Melbourne Storm are one side that you never discount, as the Warriors found out – with the Storm coming from 12 points down to score 22 unanswered points to win 22-12 against the Warriors, at Mt Smart Stadium.
The fans at the ground would have been in a bit of shock, but excited, with their team racing out to a 12-0 lead via tries to Konrad Hurrell and Manu Vatuvei, in front of 20,487 fans.
It was the Warriors ill-discipline that ultimately led to the Storm revival, as they capitalised on their good fortune – with Storm hooker Cameron Smith outlining control and speed of the game, as a vital facet heading into the second half.
“They turned up with a lot of energy, the Warriors,” he said.
“We knew they were going to do that, but I think our defence and our patience with the footy built a lot of pressure and really wore them down at the end.”
The Warriors just cannot seem to catch a break, with this afternoon’s game the second consecutive game in which the club has squandered an early lead, that has resulted in a loss.
For coach Brian McClennan, he was disappointing with the way his side let Melbourne head into half-time down by only two points, saying that they had done it “too easily”.
“That’s something we have to work harder on – when we’ve got a team under the pump we have to keep them that way,” he said.
“In the second half, it became a bit of a war and we just didn’t stay in it.”
The loss was compiled by news that prop Sam Rapira will require surgery on an injured tricep – an injury that will keep him out 3 months.