Melbourne Storm vs Gold Coast Titans live score, updates, stream, start time, teams, Supercoach scores, backline replacements, Craig Bellamy, news

The Melbourne Storm have come away with a dominant 32-14 win against the Titans off the back of a huge performance from Cameron Munster.

The Maroons star was shifted to fullback in a late switch from Craig Bellamy, which proved to be a masterstroke after the playmaker scored his second career hat trick.

Harry Grant’s vision opened the scoring for Melbourne, finding winger Xavier Coates in space to score untouched.

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Only moments later, Munster scored his first, flying high to reel in a Jahrome Hughes kick as the Storm piled on the points.

“This is ominous,” Dan Ginnane said as Melbourne held a 10-point lead.

But Holbrook’s men were able to hit back with two quickfire tries to Beau Fermor and Herman Ese’ese.

“What’s going on?” Dan Ginnane said.

“It hasn’t been fancy but it has been strong and powerful from the Titans,” Shane Flanagan said.

But just before halftime, Munster crossed again, dancing past Gold Coast’s left-side defence.

After halftime, AJ Brimson put in a pinpoint kick for Brian Kelly to cross but their joy would end there, with Munster scoring his third to assert dominance.

“He makes it look effortless, second hat trick of his career and a timely one,” Dan Ginnane.

Young Tonumaipea also scored a late try off the back of a scrum after a 1,483-day hiatus from the NRL.

Jahrome Hughes also stayed off the field after halftime after suffering a shoulder injury.

MATCH WRAP

63RD MINUTES

Cameron Munster has scored again to complete a stunning hat trick.

The Storm fullback held the ball up, dancing past the Titans defenders to score his third try of the game.

“He makes it look effortless, second hat trick of his career and a timely one,” Dan Ginnane.

44TH MINUTES

AJ Brimson has delivered a pinpoint grubber to open the scoring in the second half, finding Brian Kelly.

Jahrome Hughes has remained off the field after halftime due to a shoulder injury, with Tyran Wishart slotting into the halves.

“All of a sudden the Titans are up and about,” Dan Ginnane said.

30TH MINUTES

Titans forward Herman Ese’ese scored his side’s second try, charging onto an AJ Brimson short ball to spark a comeback.

“What’s going on?” Dan Ginnane said.

“It hasn’t been fancy but it has been strong and powerful,” Shane Flanagan said.

But, Storm gun Cameron Munster stopped Holbrook’s side in their tracks, slicing through to score his second.

15TH MINUTES

After making a late switch to fullback, Cameron Munster has crossed for his side’s second try of the night to make the score 10-0.

Halfback Jahrome Hughes put in a cross-field kick, finding Munster flying high to score untouched.

“I think he will like the challenge at fullback,” Shane Flanagan said.

“This is ominous,” Dan Ginnane said.

Only moments later, backrower Kenny Bromwich crossed for a four-pointer of his own before Titans gun Beau Fermor scored the Titans first.

10TH MINUTES

Storm debutant David Nofoaluma has come desperately close to scoring only seven minutes into the Titans contest, before the returning Xavier Coates crossed.

After arriving in Melbourne last week, the 28-year-old almost opened his scoring tally for his new club.

Gold Coast winger Jojo Fifita swiped at the veteran’s hands to dislodge the ball.

But, only moments later Harry Grant spotted winger Xavier Coates in space finding his man to score untouched.

“Finally Melbourne have it,” Dan Ginnane said.

“Just too good, Harry Grant, knew he had it,” Shane Flanagan said.

PRE MATCH WRAP

Craig Bellamy is set to unleash his new look backline against a struggling Titans outfit.

Young Tonumaipea returns to the NRL after a 1,483 day hiatus, having last played in the first grade competition for the Gold Coast in 2020.

Meanwhile, mid-season recruit David Nofoaluma will make his debut for his new club on the wing, alongside Cameron Munster who made a late switch from the halves.

Cooper Johns has slotted into five-eighth, while Tyran Wishart has moved to the bench.

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Holbrook’s Titans have struggled so far in 2022, but the Gold Coast side will be looking to young gun Jayden Campbell to provide spark from the back.

AJ Brimson also makes up a new halves pairing with Tanah Boyd, who will play in the No.7 jersey.

As it stands, the Titans sit outright last on the competition ladder recording only three wins in 2022 — and with another defeat at the hands of the Storm could find themselves even further away from the pack.

15th place Tigers take on the Knights, who sit in 14th place, and with a win could cement a two-win gap in the wooden spoon race.

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