Defensive effort seals Broncos victory over Storm

BRISBANE produced a stunning defensive display to deny a near-perfect Melbourne 14-12 in an astonishing game of rugby league at AAMI Park.

The Broncos were forced to make 13 goal-line drop-outs by a clinical Storm outfit, but the home side could not breach the Broncos' defensive wall which made an unbelievable 445 tackles to 317.

Forget the scoreboard.

This game was won by courage, and also by 65 tackles from hooker Andrew McCullough and 56 and 49 respectively by Matt Gillett and Josh McGuire who were backing up after Wednesday night's State of Origin game. Brisbane kept Melbourne scoreless in the second half, a Corey Oates try in the 50th minute proving the match-winner.

The Broncos also scored a nomination for try of the year, with Jack Reed diving across the line after the ball had swept through 11 sets of hands in the 30th minute.

Storm fullback Cameron Munster did a great job filling in for injured star Billy Slater, running for 244m, while Cameron Smith did everything but win the game for Melbourne with 49 tackles and two try assists on the back of his Origin effort four days ago.

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Earlier, Cronulla stormed home from a 22-12 deficit to inflict Newcastle's ninth loss in its last 10 games with a 30-28 victory.

The Sharks scored three tries, Ben Barba featuring in one and scoring another, in a five-minute burst early in the second half.

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