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Thursday, 14 March 2019

The Bellamy ploy that undid Seibold's Broncos


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A Craig Bellamy ploy to switch centres Curtis Scott and Will Chambers has paid dividends for Melbourne Storm as they handed the Broncos their first loss of the Anthony Seibold era in the NRL's 2019 season opener.

Much had been theorised about the Storm in lieu of their favourite son Billy Slater, but on Thursday night it appeared Bellamy’s contingency plan was executed to perfection.

That saw youngster Jarome Hughes step into the boots of arguably the game’s best fullback with a try of his own to put the Broncos on a back-foot that they’d struggle to recover from in the opening period.

But it was a decision by Bellamy to shift Scott to the right side of the field and Chambers to the left that proved the decisive edge.

Chambers was resolute with his experienced defensive work, and when Scott scooped up the ball off Jack Bird error midway through the first half, his full field tearaway try capped off a perfect start to Melbourne's 2019 campaign.

Storm celebrate Scott's try

“He just gets our foundation right in pre-season,” Cameron Munster said of Craig Bellamy’s 17-year perfect Round 1 record.

“Everyone talks about how hard our pre-season is and this year was no different. We made sure we were ready to after what happened last year and know we needed to make a statement in Round 1 against the Broncos.”

Creative Broncos halves Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima failed to make an impact in the centre highlighted by only a single meaningful foray into the Storm’s 20-metre zone in the first half.

The Broncos defensive work along the line withstood much longer than it should have but with little relief would struggle until Corey Oats sailed over the line in the 60th minute.

Storm celebrate Scott's try

Oates' second effort couldn't have been simpler with Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich attempting an unlikely offload and throwing the ball straight into his arms for him to scamper through to close the lead to four points.

But six minutes later Bromwich was back in the good books with a barnstorming run from 15 metres out to score his team's fourth try of the night and from there they weren't troubled.

Lodge could find himself in trouble with the NRL match review panel with a hit on Munster appearing to come late.

Just after the restart Brisbane lost centre James Roberts, who clutched at his back as he was assisted to the change-rooms.

Lodge takes out Munster

Munster was one of Melbourne's best, with his kicking game effective compared to Broncos halves Kodi Nikorima and Anthony Milford.

Brisbane will be buoyed by the return of Matt Gillett, who topped their tackle count with 50 in his new position as lock in his first NRL game back since fracturing his neck in round five last year.

- with AAP

A Craig Bellamy ploy to switch centres Curtis Scott and Will Chambers has paid dividends for Melbourne Storm as they handed the Broncos their first loss of the Anthony Seibold era in the NRL's 2019 season opener.

Much had been theorised about the Storm in lieu of their favourite son Billy Slater, but on Thursday night it appeared Bellamy’s contingency plan was executed to perfection.

That saw youngster Jarome Hughes step into the boots of arguably the game’s best fullback with a try of his own to put the Broncos on a back-foot that they’d struggle to recover from in the opening period.

But it was a decision by Bellamy to shift Scott to the right side of the field and Chambers to the left that proved the decisive edge.

Chambers was resolute with his experienced defensive work, and when Scott scooped up the ball off Jack Bird error midway through the first half, his full field tearaway try capped off a perfect start to Melbourne's 2019 campaign.

Storm celebrate Scott's try

“He just gets our foundation right in pre-season,” Cameron Munster said of Craig Bellamy’s 17-year perfect Round 1 record.

“Everyone talks about how hard our pre-season is and this year was no different. We made sure we were ready to after what happened last year and know we needed to make a statement in Round 1 against the Broncos.”

Creative Broncos halves Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima failed to make an impact in the centre highlighted by only a single meaningful foray into the Storm’s 20-metre zone in the first half.

The Broncos defensive work along the line withstood much longer than it should have but with little relief would struggle until Corey Oats sailed over the line in the 60th minute.

Storm celebrate Scott's try

Oates' second effort couldn't have been simpler with Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich attempting an unlikely offload and throwing the ball straight into his arms for him to scamper through to close the lead to four points.

But six minutes later Bromwich was back in the good books with a barnstorming run from 15 metres out to score his team's fourth try of the night and from there they weren't troubled.

Lodge could find himself in trouble with the NRL match review panel with a hit on Munster appearing to come late.

Just after the restart Brisbane lost centre James Roberts, who clutched at his back as he was assisted to the change-rooms.

Lodge takes out Munster

Munster was one of Melbourne's best, with his kicking game effective compared to Broncos halves Kodi Nikorima and Anthony Milford.

Brisbane will be buoyed by the return of Matt Gillett, who topped their tackle count with 50 in his new position as lock in his first NRL game back since fracturing his neck in round five last year.

- with AAP

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