“Melbourne started really well, we didn’t play with our strengths in the first half”This was a good test for us and for me we are going to work on our combinations and tonight was the beginning of it”

That was Latrell Mitchell who looked pretty optimistic despite the loss he played well and what was crucial was that the Achilles tendon was up to date. Jahrome Hughes spoke earlier, saying he was injured with the pace of the game and Brandon Smith out must follow the dummy half. He has more wheels than Cameron

The champions are back and by and large they win another opener after blowing Souths out in the first half and keeping their distance in the second half. The southern states lose again in Melbourne, they just never saw Melbourne win down there like Melbourne, Cam Smith or not while Souths was caught napping and too busy But this was a high quality game; The South will cause serious injuries to many teams

and win another season opener Craig Bellamy has never lost a first round game with the Storm, this will be 18 in a row The South is crawling a bit here but the Storm is just too good, Christian Welch, who is again is excellent for the storm, does so many little things, especially in defense

Looks precautionary but careful attention is being paid to a possible neck injury.Southern players look concerned but are now moving back into position They won’t win tonight but very good signs to get back into the game after Melbourne’s explosive start to come

Cook comes out of dummy half but pass to Tatola is way ahead Cook protests but that’s the right call You can’t beat Melbourne if you give them mistakes like this It’s part of the game in South Sydney that prevents them from getting to the next level. We saw it in the run-up against the Panthers as well. Drama here for the Rabbits when Burgess is on the ground with a shoulder injury

They follow 26-18 with nine minutes on the clock, Arrow rushes forward again, he was immense Sure he started next week, not sure how it all worked, but Wayne knows a little bit about Footy, from which one must assume The south takes a long time and has to force a mistake here. A punishment could be fatal for them

And it’s a big Olam decided to knock right next to the Rabbits line, overruled and now they’re getting a new set from just a few meters away

Olam just put on Mansour before Souths objected to what they thought was a high shot against Cam Murray. The southern states are now enjoying the territory a little bit too, peppering the storm with high balls but that eight point lead pretty much leaves the storm sitting at the moment and they would normally be good enough to see these types of games for sure It’s 26-18 but Mitchell makes the mistake of the storm going on!

Perhaps after that lightning start some game fatigue.A storm mistake near their line goes unpunished as the southern states give it up cheaply too.Now the Rabbitohs are making another mistake through Johnston and this looks very promising for the storm indeed put the ball in the perfect position to seal this competition

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