Coach Craig Bellamy celebrates his 300th game in the top grade in style.
Billy Slater has found form at exactly the right time, a week before the State of Origin period begins, after starring in Melbourne’s 27-14 NRL win over South Sydney at the Olympic stadium on Friday reports Back Page Lead.
The Storm and Queensland number one has struggled early in 2014 but enjoyed his best game of the season in the tough win over the Rabbitohs.
Slater scored the game’s opening try in just the fourth minute, when he chased down a Cooper Cronk kick, as the Storm built to a 20-4 half-time lead.
The Rabbitohs fought their way back after the break to 20-14 on the back of tries to Adam Reynolds, after John Sutton stepped through the Storm line and offloaded, and Alex Johnston, who scored his second try of the evening following some speedy leadup work from Dylan Walker.
But Slater stepped up to the mark and raced 45m for a four-pointer to put the Storm 12 points clear in the 57th minute.
A Cooper Cronk field goal sealed the win for the visitors in the 74th minute.