STORM BREW­ING

The Courier-Mail - - QUEENSLANDERS -

MEL­BOURNE’S hex over the Bron­cos is one of the best known among NRL teams.

The Bron­cos have won two of their past 15 matches against the Storm and three of the past four wins by Mel­bourne over Brisbane has been by a mar­gin of 30 points or more.

The Storm haven’t been like the Storm this year, of course. That’s spelt out in two stat cat­e­gories for 2018, with Mel­bourne ranked 16th for errors (13.5 a game) and 14th for com­ple­tions (72.1 per cent).

But Mel­bourne did com­plete 87 per cent of their sets (33/38) in their 40-14 win over New­cas­tle last week and they low­ered their er­ror rate to nine, none of which au­gurs well for the Bron­cos.

Mel­bourne’s ten­dency to lift against the Bron­cos was ap­par­ent in their two most re­cent matches – a 42-12 win in Round 17 last year in Brisbane and a 30-0 shutout at home in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

In the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, Queens­land Ori­gin as­pi­rant Felise Kau­fusi made five tackle breaks, three more than any other for­ward.

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