Vu­ni­valu Storms To New High

Fiji Sun - - Sport - OSEA BOLA

Fi­jian rookie Su­liasi Vu­ni­valu scored his 22nd try to help the Mel­bourne Storm win the NRL mi­nor premier­ship af­ter de­feat­ing the Cronulla Sharks 26-6 on Satur­day, This is the most tries any Mel­bourne Storm player has ever scored in one sea­son.

Vu­ni­valu has also bro­ken Is­rael Fo­lau’s 2007 club record (21) for most tries in a NRL sea­son.

He is just the eighth player to cross for 20 tries or more in a rookie year. Vu­ni­valu, Gold Coast sen­sa­tion Ash Tay­lor and Pen­rith teenage play­maker Nathan Cleary are locked in a three-way bat­tle for the NRL Rookie of the Year. The TAB framed a mock mar­ket which had Cleary $3.50 favourite, just ahead of Tay­lor ($4), Vu­ni­valu ($5), Mitchell ($9), and $11 hopes James Fisher-Har­ris, Be­van French and Josh Aloiai. The Storm will be out for re­venge this week­end against the Cow­boys. Last year the Cow­boys thrashed the Storm 32-12 at the same sta­dium in a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. “Hope­fully we can carry that [last night’s] sort of form over the next cou­ple of weeks,” Storm coach Craig Bel­lamy said.

“It [home ground] didn’t help us last year against the Cow­boys, they are a won­der­ful team the pre­miers.” -Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

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