Storm finally snap losing streak…but big flaw exposed as Bellamy’s headache worsens: 3 big hits

The Storm snapped their four-game losing streak with a 24-12 win over the Warriors, but manager Craig Bellamy’s problems have struck again.

It was a tight battle at Mt Smart Stadium in the opening hour of the clash before the Storm finally kicked into gear with crucial tries from Jahrome Hughes and Nick Meaney in the second half.

Meaney went from scoring a rare try to being taken off the field just minutes later after picking up a shoulder injury.

The Warriors also left with injury concerns of their own with Chanel Harris-Tavita succumbing to a leg injury.

Wayde Egan overcame an injury scare following an elbow from Nelson Asofa-Solomona to move into the halves to star for the Warriors as Harris-Tavita’s replacement at five-eighth.

Asofa-Solomona, who was booked twice and booked once in the first three minutes and after another Storm forward was booked, referee Peter Gough was forced to warn them about their “poor play” .

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BIG SUCCESS

THE FAIRS OF THE STORM WORST CHARM

Just when things couldn’t get any worse injury-wise, Nick Meaney picked up a shoulder injury, which could leave manager Craig Bellamy scrambling to find another replacement No.1.

Meaney became Melbourne’s first-choice fullback after Ryan Papenhuyzen suffered a season-ending knee injury, but there are fears he will be sidelined for the season.

“Melbourne’s got all sorts of problems here,” Fox League commentator Warren Smith said as Meaney left the field after falling awkwardly on his shoulder.

“They were chasing Reece Walsh to be a back-up full-back or their full-time full-back.

“This is a significant injury … we will wait and see what this means for Melbourne.”

Five-eighth Cameron Munster moved into defense after Meaney left, prompting Smith to wonder if this is the move Bellamy will make moving forward.

“Is he the long-term option as a Melbourne Storm defender? Reprising a role he filled for a good period there while Billy Slater was injured at the end of his great career,” he said.

“I don’t think it would weaken the five-eighths position – it’s so dangerous there,” replied Steve Roach.

“I would probably try to find someone else who can fill in at fullback.”

The Storm have signed Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma on a loan deal for the rest of the season, but he is a complete winger.

In some relief, Xavier Coates must return in the next fortnight, but it remains to be seen if he is an option at fullback.

THE WARRIOR SHINES IN THE IMPROVED ROLE

Wayde Egan overcame an injury scare to star in the Warriors’ makeshift five-eighth.

Egan hit an elbow in a tackle and was sent off for an HIA also with concerns of a serious jaw injury.

She returned to the pitch in a timely boost for the Warriors, but it wasn’t long before she had to switch to hooker at five-eighth after Chanel Harris-Tavita succumbed to a leg injury.

Although the Warriors fell short of the win, Egan looked at home in the middles, setting up one of Edward Kosi’s tries and threatening with his passing game several times.

“Wayde Egan has been five-eighth and he looks like he’s been playing there for five years … He’s looked fantastic,” Fox League commentator Warren Smith said.

“Wayde Egan looks great going five-eighth,” Greg Alexander said.

THE BIG STORM “PROBLEM” EXPOSED

The Storm may have clinched the win, but manager Craig Bellamy will certainly have some concerns about his right wing defence.

All three Warriors tries were scored by Warriors left wing Edward Kosi. Grant Anderson and Marion Seve were tasked with defending him but struggled to contain the 23-year-old, who was in his 11th NRL game.

Kosi headed in the corner off a cut back pass from Chanel Harris-Tavita in the 20th minute, then again off a similar pass from Wayde Egan in the 33rd minute and again in the 63rd minute off a Shaun Johnson pass.

“He only had to do what he did twice in the first half,” Fox League commentator Warren Smith said of Kosi.

Fox League’s Greg Alexander highlighted the “issue” that has plagued the Storm since Bellamy had to turn to backups to fill the void of their injured stars.

“The Warriors have certainly worried the Storm’s right-back, which has been a problem for them all year as injuries have seen different players come in to fill places. It’s been tough on them,” Alexander said.

Anderson finished the game with zero tackles and four fouls.

Melbourne’s backline has been decimated by injuries this season with George Jennings picking up an ACL injury in Round 1, Reimis Smith aggravating an existing pectoral injury in training and Xavier Coates picking up an ankle injury in Origin I.

Team of warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Marcelo Montoya 4. Adam Pompey 5. Edward Kosi 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Josh Curran 13. Jazz Tevaga 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Jackson Frei. Substitute player: 20. Daejarn Asi

storm team: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Grant Anderson 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 15. Tui Kamikamica 13. Josh King 14. Tyran Wishart 16. Alec McDonald 21. Tom Eisenhuth. Substitute player: 18. Chris Lewis

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