Melbourne have recorded a tough 24-20 victory against a gallant Gold Coast Titans outfit in front of 6,497 fans at Cbus Super Stadium tonight.
Origin shortened rounds does mean teams are missing their superstar players but it also gives those who come in a chance to shine in their absence.
Ben Roberts showed a reminder of his 2009 form when he spied a gap between Ben Ridge and Luke Bailey before using his speed to get past William Zillman for the opener.
They opened up a ten point lead when Will Chambers started and finished a movement. The centre had his kick rebound into Hampton's hands before it got back to Chambers for a 10-nil lead for the Storm.
Fight and effort has been a key characteristic of the Gold Coast side in 2014. Despite the injury of Beau Henry early on, Maurice Blair stepped in to the playmaking position. The five-eighth laid on two kicks for two tries.
The first followed an error by Chambers in-goal allowing Brad Tighe to swoop in for the Titans first points. A rugby league ball can take a wicked bounce and it displayed it's devilish charm for Gordon's try as it bounced over both Storm players into his hands.
It was an action packed start to the second half with Joel Romelo sin-binned two minutes after the resumption due to repeated infringements. Gordon stepped up and slotted the easy penalty goal for the lead, the first the Titans held in the game.
The lead would see-saw though in the first half of the second half. Despite being down to twelve men, Melbourne found fringe origin selection Will Chambers who grabbed his brace and the Storm lead.
Once again - the Titans fought back. They stretched an inexperienced Storm defence from left to right finding speedster James Robert who used some pace to cross the line. Gold Coast with their injuries and origin call-ups were hanging in there with the 2013 champions.
Melbourne would finally put the gallant Gold Coast away with a two try salvo in the final ten minutes. Forward Jesse Bromwich showed some skill breaking into backfield before linking up with Ben Hampton for the try.
Bromwich would be involved again with his pass opening space for the Storm backline. Kurt Mann showed some Slateresque guile to cut between defenders and plant the ball down. Storm led 24-16 and despite a late try to Kevin Gordon they held on a 24-20 victory.
Next week the Titans host the Dragons on Sunday afternoon while the Storm head home to play the high-flying Eels at AAMI Park.