It started as a defensive slugfest but the Melbourne Storm soon kicked into gear to defeat the Manly Sea Eagles 18-4 at Lottoland.
As both sides looked to assert dominance early, they went back and forth, with defence reigning supreme early.
Errors and poor decisions also creeped in, before three penalty goals (to to the Storm and one to Manly), saw the scoreline sitting at 4-2.
That would remain the score at the break, with many wondering when the games first points would come.
The points eventually came on the back of a perfectly weighted kick from Jahrome Hughes for Suliasi Vunivalu.
The Fijian had work to do, having to remain in the field of play as he retrieved the ball.
A second try soon followed that was a near carbon copy; Hughes to Vunivalu for the winger’s second.
It was the lead-up, however, that was the talking point.
Hughes’ first kick was high and the ball was then dabbed ahead by Josh Addo-Carr.
As the ball trickled forward, further kicks ensued and the ball eventually ended up in Hughes hands who did the rest for Vunivalu.
Try as they might, the Sea Eagles could not capitalise on their opportunities.
Instead, the Storm put the icing on the cake as captain Cameron Smith grubbered ahead and found Tom Eisenhuth who scored.
In the end, the Storm proved that they can toe-to-toe time and time again, with their first up 18-4 win.
NRL News Player of the Game
3. Tui Kamikamica
2. Jahrome Hughes
- Ryan Papenhuyzen