The Melbourne Storm have held off a late South Sydney Rabbitohs revival to notch a 16-12 victory at AAMI Park.
In a tight contest, Melbourne’s firsy half flurry was enough in the end to get them home.
Both teams were content to trade penalty goals early. Chris McQueen got over the line but just lost the ball at the key moment.
It was eventually Jesse Bromwich who broke the try-scoring deadlock.
Just before half-time Will Chambers crossed to give the Storm a 16-2 lead and put them in a good position.
However, in the second half Souths stepped up a gear. First Alex Johnston scored acrobatically.
Then Aaron Gray cut Melbourne’s lead to just four points.
Cameron Smith and Isaac Luke then got tangled up on the ground. Smith might have a case to answer this week at the judiciary.
The Rabbitohs kept pushing for a winning try in the final stages but could not break through Melbourne’s defence. Dylan Walker looked to have scored with five minutes left but Johnston was just out.
The Storm held firm and finished with a vital four-point win.