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.