NRL 2019: Melbourne Storm stay atop table with scrappy win over Titans

Melbourne have overcome a woeful first half to scramble to a 24-8 win over Gold Coast in their NRL clash at AAMI Park.

Expected to cruise to a big victory over the last-placed Titans, the competition leaders trailed 8-6 at halftime on Sunday afternoon after dishing up their worst half of football for the season.

After falling to Canberra last round, Storm coach Bellamy blasted their poor completion rate, but didn't get the response he was after.

In the first half, the Storm only completed 11 of 19 sets - at 59 percent - and were at the wrong end of an 8-3 penalty count, with centre Curtis Scott also put on report for a dangerous tackle.

Frustrated five-eighth Cameron Munster was the main offender, penalised twice for dissent, as well as making three costly errors.

Munster was frank in his assessment of his game, when interviewed as he walked off for halftime: "I don't want to swear on national television, but that's absolute s**t from me," he said.

No doubt Bellamy agreed.

Whatever the coach had to say at the break, it worked. Melbourne second-rower Kenny Bromwich offloaded to fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen for a try three minutes into the second term.

The lead blew out to 10 points, when Kenny's brother, Jesse, put Dale Finucane 
across, with the Storm back in control.

The Titans' first-half try was a special, with winger Jesse Arthars leaping high above Josh Addo-Carr to snatch a Nathan Peats bomb.

Arthars didn't return for the second half, after failing a HIA test, when he was up-ended by Addo-Carr, while going up for a high ball.

Although it appeared Addo-Carr was nudged into him, the Storm winger might find 
himself in trouble with the match-review committee.

Scott was put on report for a dangerous tackle on Titans winger Phillip Sami and Gold Coast hooker Mitch Rein faced the same fate for a second-half tackle on Brandon Smith.

The Titans at least had something to cheer about in the dying minutes, when Sami chased Addo-Fox over 90m to bring the Storm speedster down just short of the tryline.

 

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