What we learnt: Broncos v Storm
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1. Storm destroy the Broncos
The competition leading Melbourne Storm produced a 30-point hammering of the third-placed Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in the second game of Friday Night Footy, winning 42-12. Suliasi Vunivalu, Josh Ado-Carr and Curtis Scott all crossed for the Storm in the first 15 minutes, while Ben Hunt scored for the Broncos in the 21st minute. Vunivalu then added a second in the 30th minute for the Storm to lead 20 – 6 at the break. In the second half, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater scored, while Vunivalu and Scott also touched down for their doubles. For the Broncos, David Mead touched down for a final score of 42-12. The Storm remain in 1st place on the ladder and are on 26 points, while the Broncos remain in 3rd place on 22 points.
2. Boom rookie delivers again
Curtis Scott looked sharp in scoring a double, and in the process topped the fantasy scoring with 79* points. Scott looks full of points and is starter quality if he can nail a starting spot in the Storm side. In fact, it will be interesting to see which way Craig Bellamy goes when Cheyse Blair returns from injury.
3. CS9 loves playing the Broncos
Cameron Smith has missed a few games over the last couple of months either through Origin unavailability or through injury. However, tonight he returned with a vengeance, and served up a timely reminder to fantasy coaches of who the king of fantasy scoring really is, with a score of 73* points (including his first try of the season which means he avoids the dreaded end of season 'nudie run'). CS9 will be a popular trade in following the Storm’s final bye in Round 19.
4. AM9 tops 50 again
While not quite at the lofty heights of Rounds 2 to 9 when he produced four scores over 70 and a further three over 60, Andrew McCullough delivered his third score in a row with 53* points against the Storm tonight. Not surprisingly, AM9 topped the tackle with 54 stops. If he can start to produce more attacking plays to compliment his delivery of base stats, he'll again come into the reckoning for a spot in fantasy coaches' final squads of 17 scorers.
5. I hate Origin
Well I don’t really, except when it has an unexpected impact on my fantasy squad. Like others, I had drafted in Billy Slater and Cameron Munster with a view to having both of these players available in two of the three major bye rounds – Rounds 15 and 18 – when the Storm play. Unfortunately, both of these players will take their good form from tonight’s game (with scores of 52* and 50* respectively), into Origin 3 and not into the Storm’s Round 19 clash against the Eels.
6. Storm’s kiwi forwards are a bust, but hold
The Storm’s kiwi connection Jesse Bromwich and Tohu Harris produced disappointing performances tonight with scores of 18* and 17* respectively. 599 coaches traded Bromwich in this week, presumably off the back of his score of 53 points last week and were burnt in what was a classic case of point chasing karma. Somewhat puzzling was the fact that Bromwich only played 25 minutes, so he may have suffered an injury of some kind that wasn’t disclosed during coverage of the match.
Tohu Harris’ low score was also puzzling. He played 55 minutes, but didn’t really feature in anything of note all night .. aside from getting sinbinned. Both players are a hold for now as availability of scoring players in next week’s bye round is a concern.
*Scores do not include updates