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Storm’s thrilling Auckland Nines campaign has given fans plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the 2016 NRL season.

Whether it be Blake Green’s magic or Curtis Scott turning heads, the Club’s march to the semi-final stage provided of plenty of highlights across an action-packed weekend.

Day 1 proceeded without a blemish as Storm accounted for both Parramatta and South Sydney.

Melbourne opened their Nines account against the Eels in Game 2 of the tournament and a blistering opening three minutes saw both teams hit the scoreboard.

A 4-4 halftime score line was soon broken open by Richie Kennar before Storm captain Blake Green capped off a mercurial second half performance with the match-sealing try.

Later in the day Storm took on defending champions South Sydney but the young squad in purple showed little signs of being overawed and promptly raced out to a 12-0 lead.

The Rabbitohs responded with back-to-back tries but Melbourne were not to be denied as Curtis Scott capped off a brilliant day for himself with a try to extend the lead to an unassailable 10 points.

Melbourne kicked off Day 2 of the Nines against the winless Roosters but it was Sydney who started the better, taking a 7-0 lead into halftime.

Kennar leveled the scores shortly after the break but the Roosters broke clear with four unanswered tries to hand Storm their first defeat of Nines.

A Quarter-Final date loomed against the highly fancied Cowboys but again Storm shunned the doubters.

Kennar added to his Nines try-scoring tally just before the break and when Cameron Munster intercepted a wayward pass to assist Scott over the line Melbourne had a 10-0.

North Queensland hit back before Ben Hampton’s try in the final moments booked Melbourne to a maiden semi-final berth.

After accounting for the Eels in the group stages the Club took plenty of confidence into the game and nearly had the ideal start only for Tohu Harris to have his try-scoring effort puzzling overturned on video review. Parramatta made the most of it to open the scoring a minute later.

However Storm maintained their composure as Kennar again hit the scoreboard to level the scores courtesy of a bursting run down the touchline.

They soon had the lead when Harris finally crossed over with seven minutes on the clock.

A bonus try to the Eels though halted the purple momentum and when Semi Radradra scored approaching full-time Melbourne’s Nines campaign had come to an end.

Try Scorers Tally:

Richie Kennar 4, Curtis Scott 2, Cameron Munster, Blake Green, Kenny Bromwich, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Ben Hampton, Tohu Harris

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