For the second time within the 2022 NRL season, the Storm cashed in on a flat second half by the Warriors, successful 24-12 at Mt Good Stadium in Auckland on Friday night time.
After a tumultuous week within the NRL, which began with a refereeing controversy and continued with the Manly inclusivity jersey saga, the Warriors would have been comfortable simply to be sliding below the radar of their second residence recreation of the season.
However the Storm had them of their sights, taking the direct strategy and laying on a collection of heavy photographs quickly after kick-off.
Nelson Asofa-Solomona’s hit on Wayde Egan left the Warriors hooker with a suspected damaged jaw after just a few minutes, an act that resulted within the Storm prop being positioned on report and the massive Mt Good crowd incensed.
The Storm cashed in on the pressured reshuffle. Justin Olam cruised by means of some very weak defence on the left edge.
What regarded like a potential eye gouge by Josh King on Jazz Tavaga fired the Warriors up, and Ed Kosi flew into the nook after a cut-out move by Chanel Harris-Tavita. King was additionally placed on report, and he and Asofa-Solomona might be dealing with a spell on the sideline.
Queensland hooker Harry Grant received the Storm again on observe with a strive off a Felise Kaufusi break. Some Storm ill-discipline promptly gave the ball again to the house facet, and Kosi made it a double with 5 minutes to go within the half.
However hopes the Warriors followers had of pulling off a win over their storied rivals didn’t final for much longer than the break.