Junior Representative Wrap Up
The Melbourne Storm SG Ball side have been defeated 56-18 by the Warriors at Comely Banks Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
After their Round 2 clash against Manly was postponed due to Cyclone Gabrielle in New Zealand, the Warriors were coming into the clash fresh from a week off and were quick to get the jump on the home side.
The Warriors enjoyed plenty of possession early and some strong carries through the middle from the Warriors forwards asked plenty of questions of the Storm defence.
The Warriors were able to capitalise on that good field position, piling on five tries in a dominant first half performance.
The Storm recorded a stronger second half showing, forcing a Warriors error inside their own 20m line after Ioane Lui’s attempted kick in behind the line ricocheted off a Warriors arm in the 37th minute.
From the ensuing scrum, the Storm put on a shift down the right-hand edge and Matthew Logopati dove over for their first try of the afternoon.
The Warriors would go on to record two more tries to extend their lead before the Storm had some nice moments of their own midway through the second half.
A strong carry from captain Josiah Ekkehard-Neli opened the door for Storm Acadamy product Suli Prescott to weave his magic, capitalising on the quick play the ball to dart over from dummy half in the 50th minute.
A few moments later a wayward offload from the Warriors inside their own half found its way straight into the hands of Dickie Terepo, who with still plenty of work to do, beat a handful of defenders to crash over for back-to-back tries in the 54th minute.
The string of Storm tries would come to an end however, with the Warriors scoring three more tries at the death to cap off a strong performance on the road.
The Storm will now look to bounce back when they face the Sharks next week at PointsBet Stadium next Saturday.