In the upside down sports world that sees sides from NSW ruling the ovals in Victoria’s national game, the Vic sides, well the Melbourne Storm at any rate, are proving to the northern sides that two can play at that game, fielding a strong rugby contingent that is undefeated through three rounds. The Storm seems to be firmly on the path to replicating their performance from last season.
They sent the Cowboys on the trail in the first round, dispatched the Warriors back across the ditch in the second and just recently rounded up the Broncos with a dramatic two-point victory.
The 14 -12 Storm victory over the Brisbane side was one that featured some astute management on the part of Craig Bellamy, who kept a freshened Billy Slater on the bench until needed. When inserted, Slater was all over the place and brought an energy level that enabled Ryley Jacks to level the game with a late try, followed by a Cameron Smith conversion to seal the win.
It was a singular moment for the young gun five-eighth Jacks, who notched his first NRL try in the first half and used the inspiration of that event to prove the hero when the crunch was on.