Storm start season in style

15 March 2019 19:14:09 GMTPlus11

Melbourne Storm started life without champion full-back Billy Slater on a positive note as they beat Brisbane Broncos 22-12 at AAMI Park.

The Storm won their season-opener thanks to tries from brothers Kenny and Jesse Bromwich, who had not both scored in the same game since 2013.

Craig Bellamy's team dominated the game and continued a remarkable run in round one clashes - the last time they were beaten in a season-opener was 2001.

Jesse Bromwich scored their clinching try 13 minutes from time, just after the former Kiwis captain had made a mistake when an offload ended up in Brisbane's hands and Corey Oates scored a try.

The Broncos lost star centre James Roberts after just five minutes to a lower back injury, and conceded two tries within the opening 15 minutes.

Jahrome Hughes opened Melbourne's account in the second minute, and centre Curtis Scott sprinted 55 metres to score 10 minutes later.

Felise Kaufusi was denied a third shortly after when he lost the ball over the line and the Broncos held the home side out for the rest of the first half.

Kenny Bromwich extended the Storm's lead to 16 points with a try seven minutes after the break, before the Broncos hit back with two Oates tries in the space of three minutes.

Jamayne Isaako converted both to bring them back within four points, before Jesse Bromwich scored a superb individual try from 25 metres out, throwing a dummy and diving low to slide over the line.

The Broncos, in Anthony Seibold's first NRL game in charge, couldn't respond and have now won only two of their past 18 games against the Storm.

Melbourne Storm areĀ 1.72 to win their next game against Canberra, who are 2.18.

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