Bill Slater delivered for the Melbourne Storm after his recent shoulder surgery.
Bill Slater delivered for the Melbourne Storm after his recent shoulder surgery. Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

Slater helps Storm maintain its St George hoodoo

RUGBY LEAGUE: Melbourne Storm overcame a slow start and late pressure to continue its home dominance over St George with a tight 18-16 win at AAMI Park last night.

St George has lost 14 games in a row in Melbourne.

The visitors burst out of the blocks to lead 10-0 after 16 minutes.

One minute later Billy Slater showed he was glad to be back in purple after shoulder surgery with a wonderful cut-out pass to send Marika Koroibete over out wide.

Koroibete scored again and Cameron Smith added two penalty goals for Storm to lead 12-10 at the break.

The Storm scored the first try of the second spell when Ken Bromwich scored after strong work by his brother Jesse. Smith converted for an 18-10 lead.

Shortly after Tyson Frizell hit back for St George, winning the race to the ball in the in-goal. Widdop converted for 18-16.

In the last 22 minutes both teams tiring defences held tight against wave after wave of attack.


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