Vunivalu Storms To New High
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