The St George Dragons came into this game confident to compete with a weak Melbourne Storm. However, the Storm put on a clinical performance lead by Nicho Hynes defeating the Dragons 44-18 on Sunday afternoon.
The Storm came into Sundays game without three of their superstars (Cameron Munster, Harry Grant and Brandon Smith) but never skipped a beat the entire game.
Melbourne opened the scoring with Josh Addo-Carr finishing off a backline play set up by Ryan Papenhuyzen.
However, Papenhuyzen remained motionless on the ground after passing and Tyrell Fuimaono was sent from the game for his careless high shot.
Papenhuyzen never returned back to the field due to the hit.
Kenny Bromwich scored a few minutes later taking the Storm to 14-0.
Two Mikaele Ravalawa tries just before the break made the scores 14-10 and the second half looked to be a cracker.
Melbourne Storm came out of the sheds in the second half and scored 6 unanswered tries.
These were all helped by a masterclass by Nicho Hynes and Jahrome Hughes.
The Dragons scored two tries through Mikaele Ravalawa and Cody Ramsey which took the final score to 44-18.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy praised Nicho Hynes on his performance.
“I thought he was our best player tonight. We really want to hang onto him, but there are a few things we need to take into consideration,” Bellamy said.”
“We will do our best to keep him at the Storm”.
Dragons coach Anthony Griffin was proud of their efforts.
“I was proud of them all night. We let ourselves down in the second half,” Griffin said.
“I thought if we could get the first try in the second half, we could scramble our way to victory”.
Griffin also said that Matt Dufty has a “pretty serious” ACL rupture and it wasn’t looking good.
NRL News Player of the Game
3 – Nicho Hynes
2 – Jahrome Hughes
1 – Matt Dufty