Five things we learned: Storm v Dragons

Five things we learned: Storm v Dragons Written by ROCCO LUCA, March 7, 2016

THE STORM edged out the Dragons to round out an explosive first round of NRL action. Here is five things we learned.

1. The Dragons have every right to feel hard done by.

Paul McGregor’s side certainly didn’t get the rub of the green in terms of 50/50 decisions. The penalty count finished a lopsided 9-4 to the Storm and the call not to blow a penalty on Will Chambers when he clearly dragged down Jack de Belin in the 45th minute led to the decisive Kenny Bromwich try.

2. Billy Slater is  back and looks as good as ever.

The mercurial Billy Slater returned to NRL action for the first time since round seven 2015 and boy did he look sharp. Slater looked dangerous each and every time he touched the ball and even managed to finish with two try assists.

3. Josh Dugan looked lost defending the right edge. 

Josh Dugan is clearly the Dragons best player but he is wasted on the right edge and looked horribly out of place in defence. He was caught out twice which led to two of the three Melbourne tries. And to make matters worse he received no quality ball in attack. Kurt Mann didn’t look too comfortable at fullback either and it will be interesting how long ‘Mary’ persists with the experiment.

4. Jessie Bromwich is the best prop in the game. 

Melbourne are no longer the ‘big three’ they’re the ‘big four’ and have been for a while because Bromwich is world class. The Kiwi was sensational up the middle running for 150 metres to go with 31 tackles and his sensational offload led to the clinching try for his brother Kenny.

5. Mitch Rein position at hooker could be in danger.

Rein is a great runner of the ball but his distribution is leaves a lot to be desired and quite often puts the Dragons attack on the back-foot. This was extremely evident on Monday night and on top of that, his replacement Siliva Havili looked very dangerous and a lot more stable at dummy half.

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