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Dale Finucane gets Storm off and running with his side’s first try. Credit: NRL Photos

Melbourne Storm have made it back to back wins at AAMI Park to start season 2016, with an emphatic 34-16 win over the Gold Coast on Sunday night.

A two-try blitz on the stroke of halftime saw Melbourne take a lead from which they never looked like surrending, in a performance that was impressive at both ends of the field.

Storm controlled the play for majority of the contest as they flexed their attacking muscle with five different try scorers.

Will Chambers lead the way with a double though he would be challenged by plenty of teammates for man of the match honours.

Skipper Cameron Smith put on another clinic at dummy half and his 40-20 kick before halftime helped swing the momentum in Storm’s favour for good.

It was a dream start for the men in purple who struck first inside four minutes courtesy of some magic from the captain.

After an error and a penalty handed the home side good ball on their opening set, the Titans were made to pay when Smith put in a genius grubber kick from dummy half that saw Dale Finucane through.

It took the visitors eight minutes to enter Storm territory but from that point they appeared to steady. On 16 minutes they cut the lead to two as Ash Taylor took a leaf out of the Smith playbook with a grubber to Joss Hoffman.

The game’s opening twenty minutes proved a true arm wrestle as both teams had an equal share of possession, total sets and similar metres.

The Titans would sway the contest in their favour soon after as the ever-dangerous Greg Bird found Nathan Davis, who’s power running proved too much to handle to send the visitors out to a 10-6 lead.

Needing a spark before the break it was Blake Green who stepped up with some individual brilliance five minutes from time. The ever-reliable five-eighth danced through the Titans’ line and took another two opponents over with him to score under the posts.

Not to be outdone, Smith came up with a 40-20 kick from the following kickoff to swing momentum back in the hometown’s favour.

Storm backed up the skipper’s brilliance with a move down the right edge as Chambers crashed over to hand his side an 18-10 halftime lead.

It was the first time in seven games Melbourne have lead against the Gold Coast at halftime.

The second half began with another dose of inspiration, this time in the form of debutant Curtis Scott who broke through for a 20m run to push the Titans back on their heels.

Three consecutive Storm sets would follow and end with Cameron Munster going within centimetres from extending the lead.

He did not have to wait long though to get on the try sheet as the youngster bamboozled the Titans defence with a show-and-go to waltz over. Smith’s conversion gave his side breathing room with a 24-10 lead.

AAMI Park then hit fever pitch as Young Tonumaipea joined the purple party four minutes later to send the Storm faithful on their feet.

The Victorian would turn provider on 65 minutes through a scintillating one-two with his right-edge partner for Chambers second try of the afternoon.

Ryan James came up with a consolation but it was too little too late in a memorable night for everyone wearing purple.

Storm will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they head across the ditch next Sunday to take on the Warriors.

Melbourne Storm 34
Tries: Will Chambers 2, Dale Finucane, Blake Green, Cameron Munster, Young Tonumaipea
Goals: Cameron Smith 5

Gold Coast Titans 16
Tries: Josh Hoffman, Nathan Davis, Ryan James
Goals: Tyrone Roberts 2

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