The Melbourne Storm may have continued their remarkable streak of winning in round 1 with a comeback win over the Wests Tigers but it has come at a cost.
George Jennings (possible ACL), Christian Welch (achilles), and Brandon Smith (broken hand) were all injured.
Smith left the field in the first few minutes and was spotted with his arm in a sling.
It was the Tigers who took a surprise lead through Ken Maumalo, who continued his solid try-scoring form against the Storm.
The Storm would hit back after a few minutes as Jennings, prior to leaving the field, finished off a nice backline play.
The Tigers would then score the next two tries of the game, one to David Nofoaluma and a second for Maumalo.
Nofoaluma was able to finish off a backline play on the right and cut back inside, evading Xavier Coates to score.
Maumalo then produced a fancy finish as he soared highest in the air to nab the ball and score his second.
It was one-way traffic for the Storm after that as they showcased some of their customary resolve.
Youngster Trent Loiero then powered his way over and the Storm narrowed the deficit.
Jahrome Hughes then took it upon himself to step up. He received the ball, stepped inside and out a few times, and scored under the posts.
The try of the match then made an appearance and it came via Coates, making his Storm debut.
The ball made its way to him and he soared through the air like Superman, showcasing his athletic ability, to score in the corner.
Reimis Smith then put the icing on the cake for the Storm to complete their comeback and leave the Tigers licking their wounds at what might have been.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy knows his side should be jubilant but their emotions are hazy with the injuries to Jennings and Welch.
“You feel so proud and we should be so happy but you feel so down for the two guys that got those serious injuries,” Bellamy said.
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3. Jahrome Hughes (MEL)
2. Kelma Tuilagi (WST)
1. Trent Loiero (MEL)