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80:00
7:50pm Thu March 14, 2019
Round 1 - AAMI Park - Crowd: 16239
80min

Suliasi Vunivalu bats the ball dead and Melbourne come away with the first win of the 2019 season.

80min

Josh Addo-Carr looks to run the length of the field, but a knock on in the lead up sees Brisbane pack a scrum with 15 seconds remaining.

78min

After winning tonight the Melbourne Storm will continue their record of winning Round 1 matches - their last loss was 2001.

76min

Brisbane come up with a mistake on the last tackle.

74min

Brodie Croft cleans up as Broncos try to produce points from a chip kick.

73min

Tom Eisenhuth is on for his first match in the NRL since Round 24, 2012.

72min

Joe Ofahengaue loses the ball and compounds the error by giving away a penalty.

71min

If the Broncos can score here the game is still on.

70min

Penalty to Brisbane on the last tackle.

69min

Brodie Croft finds touch close to the Broncos tryline.

69min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Melbourne should get home with 10 minutes remaining.

Storm lead Storm 22 - 12 Broncos
67min

Try: Storm
Scored by Jesse Bromwich. Kick to come.

He gifted Corey Oates a try five minutes ago, but the Kiwi prop has redeemed himself.

Storm lead Storm 20 - 12 Broncos
66min

Matthew Lodge makes an important tackle.

65min

The momentum has shifted. The Broncos are full of energy and Melbourne are suddenly under pressure.

64min

Andrew Johns and Paul Vautin have just compared Corey Oates to Robert Patrick in 'Terminator 2'. Don't you love footy being back!

63min

Conversion: Broncos
Kicked by Jamayne Isaako.

The comeback is well and truly on.

Storm lead Storm 16 - 12 Broncos
62min

Try: Broncos
Scored by Corey Oates. Kick to come.

Jesse Bromwich offloads, but instead of finding a Melbourne player, the Broncos are within a try!

Storm lead Storm 16 - 10 Broncos
62min

INTERCEPT!

60min

Last year the Broncos came from 16-0 down to win against the Raiders. Will history repeat tonight?

60min

Conversion: Broncos
Kicked by Jamayne Isaako.

From the sideline, Isaako adds the extras.

Storm lead Storm 16 - 6 Broncos
59min

Try: Broncos
Scored by Corey Oates. Kick to come.

With their first chance to attack inside Melbourne's half, the Broncos score. The comeback is on?

Storm lead Storm 16 - 4 Broncos
59min

Corey Oates is claiming a try. The Bunker will check the touchline, but there appears to be no problems.

58min

Brisbane get a penalty and will start a set in attacking territory.

57min

Cameron Smith almost sets up Brodie Croft for a try.

56min

Brisbane manage to prevent another try.

55min

Brodie Croft makes a great run charging onto a Jesse Bromwich offload.

55min

Brandon Smith OFF. Dale Finucane ON.

53min

Brodie Croft puts a bomb up, but Darius Boyd is up to the task.

52min

Jesse Bromwich is back on for the Melbourne Storm.

51min

Brisbane will start a seven tackle set after Darius Boyd allows the ball to go dead.

50min

Interesting stat: Kenny Bromwich has now played in five Round 1 matches and scored in four of them.

49min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

Brisbane will need to pull off a remarkable comeback to get back into this match.

Storm lead Storm 16 - 0 Broncos
47min

Try: Storm
Scored by Kenneath Bromwich. Kick to come.

The left edge forward streaks into a gap and gets the Storm's third!

Storm lead Storm 14 - 0 Broncos
46min

Jack Bird is collected in-goal by Jahrome Hughes. Line drop out.

45min

Josh Addo-Carr makes a nice run down the left sideline.

44min

McCullough finds touch close to the Storm line.

42min

Both teams exchanging sets early on in the second half.

40min

Matt Lodge takes the first run of the second half and is greeted by the AAMI Park crowd's ire.

40min

Cameron Smith take the Storm out for the second half.

40min

Brisbane are back onto the field. Can they post first points and make a game of it?

40min

After dominating the first half, the Storm lead 10-0 in the opening match of the season.

40min

Melbourne finish the first half with an attacking raid.

38min

Melbourne get a penalty coming out of trouble.

38min

Suliasi Vunivalu manages to get out of the in-goal.

37min

Brisbane are on the attack inside the Storm 20.

35min

Brandon Smith knocks on. Brisbane will be praying for a penalty to get into an attacking position.

34min

Jaydn Su'a loses possession close to halfway.

33min

Jamayne Isaako manages to get out of his in-goal, despite strong pressure from the Melbourne chasers.

32min

Kotoni Staggs makes a bust down the right, but passes the ball forward to Jamayne Isaako.

31min

Matthew Lodge is collected by Tui Kamikamica in his first involvement.

29min

Jahrome Hughes makes a nice kick return.

27min

Jack Bird takes a run coming out of his own end.

26min

Jaydn Su'a is down after being collected in a heavy tackle by Will Chambers.

24min

Brandon Smith and Tevita Pangai are on for their respective clubs.

23min

Considering the wealth of possession Melbourne have had during the first 20 minutes, the Broncos are well in this match at 10-0.

22min

Thomas Flegler is on the field for his NRL debut.

21min

Brisbane find touch from a penalty inside their own half.

20min

Dale Finucane comes up with an error in the play the ball. Brisbane have possession inside their own 10 metre zone.

19min

Darius Boyd has to run the ball into touch to prevent a roaring Josh Addo-Carr from scoring another Melbourne try.

19min

Christian Welch ON. Nelson Asofa-Solomona OFF.

18min

Milford finds touch inside the Storm half.

17min

Felise Kaufusi is claiming a try after collecting a Brodie Croft kick, but in grounding the ball the Test forward has dropped the ball. No Try.

16min

Brisbane conceded possession inside their own half.

15min

No Try. Jamayne Isaako has been deemed to have been denied an opportunity to contest the ball due to interference from Josh Addo-Carr.

15min

Melbourne are claiming another try, but the referee has referred the play "No Try" for the Bunker to adjudicate.

15min

Conversion: Storm
Kicked by Cameron Smith.

After missing his first attempt, the skipper lands his second.

Storm lead Storm 10 - 0 Broncos
14min

Brisbane looked to be making ground down the left, only for Suliasi Vunivalu to belt Jack Bird, forcing the ball free and allowing Curtis Scott to streak 55 metres to score.

13min

Try: Storm
Scored by Curtis Scott. Kick to come.

Melbourne are in again!

Storm lead Storm 8 - 0 Broncos
12min

Corey Oates makes a nice run coming out of his own end.

11min

Melbourne are well and truly on top during the opening stages.

10min

Kaufusi makes a bust but can't find support.

9min

Darius Boyd is collected by Kenny Bromwich, but the tackle is deemed legal.

7min

Munster kicks for Addo-Carr, but Isakko is able to collect the ball in-goal - 20 metre restart.

6min

Jahrome Hughes catches a Nikorima bomb in goal - 20 metre restart.

6min

James Roberts is off, Kotoni Staggs comes into the game much earlier than expected.

6min

Brodie Croft bombs and Corey Oates get the Broncos first touch of the evening.

5min

James Roberts is struggling with injury.

4min

Conversion: Storm
Attempted by Cameron Smith.

The captain misses with his first shot at goal.

Storm lead Storm 4 - 0 Broncos
4min

After declining two shots at goal, the Storm are rewarded for attacking football by posting the first try.

3min

Try: Storm
Scored by Jahrome Hughes. Kick to come.

The man who takes over from Billy Slater scores the first try of the season.

Storm lead Storm 4 - 0 Broncos
3min

Jahrome Hughes is claiming a try, but Kenneath Bromwich may have knocked on in the lead up.

2min

Felise Kaufusi almost gets over for the first try.

2min

Once again the Storm opt against taking the 2.

2min

Nelson Asofa-Solomona throws an intercept, but the Broncos are ruled to be offside.

1min

The Storm opt to keep the pressure on close to the Broncos line.

1min

Cameron Munster is collected by Matthew Lodge while kicking. Storm penalty close to the posts.

Brisbane kick off and Jesse Bromwich takes the first run of 2019.

The game's most-capped player - Cameron Smith - takes the Melbourne Storm out to the sound of rapturous applause from the Victorian faithful.

Kick-off is only moments away as Darius Boyd leads the Brisbane Broncos onto AAMI Park.

Playing the first NRL match at AAMI Park back in 2010, the Broncos have managed just three wins at the venue from 10 appearances.

Melbourne have dominated recent meetings against Brisbane, winning 22 of 26 contests since the 2006 Grand Final.

The Broncos are as per program, 1-17. 19-year-old prop Thomas Flegler will make his NRL debut off the bench, while Jack Bird, Jadyn Su'a and Matt Gillett will missing extended periods of last season through injury.

The Storm have made one change from the side named on Tuesday afternoon, with former Penrith lower grader Tom Eisenhuth coming onto the bench in place of Patrick Kaufusi.

Welcome to League Unlimited's coverage of the 2019 NRL Season. Going down in the Grand Final last September, the Melbourne Storm will take on the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Gerard Sutton, Matt Noyen

Touch Judges: Nick Beashel, Belinda Sleeman

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Ben Galea

MELBOURNE STORM (22)
Tries: Jahrome Hughes, Curtis Scott, Kenneath Bromwich, Jesse Bromwich
Field Goals:
Conversions: Cameron Smith (3/4)
Penalty Goals:

BRISBANE BRONCOS (12)
Tries: Corey Oates (2)
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jamayne Isaako (2/2)
Penalty Goals: