‘We were just hanging on’: Bellamy lauds comeback as clinical Storm put end to Broncos’ winning streak

They say never give a sucker an even break and an ailing Melbourne Storm proved that saying at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The Brisbane Broncos had the home side looking like fools in the first 30 minutes leading 16-6 but a fumble from young winger Selwyn Cobbo was all Melbourne needed to launch a comeback and set up a 32-20 win.

Cobbo’s error saw Cameron Munster score a try and moments later Nick Meaney and Jahrome Hughes combined to score and tie it at 16-16 heading into half-time.

In the second half, the Broncos couldn’t find a way to stay on the front foot as Victorian-raised winger Dean Ieremia scored two tries and Hughes scored his second try to claim victory in front of 19,253 fans.

Those points came pretty quick and at 16-6 down, we were just hanging on, Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

We didn’t have much ball during that time, part of that was our fault, but it was really important we got those tries before half-time to square it up.

We had to do what works for us and that first try in the second half didn’t come for 10 or 15 minutes so to put 26 points on them in a row is a pretty good effort.

They are a good side. They have earned their spot on the top four so to do that was the highlight of our game.

The young Broncos competed tirelessly but without playmaker Adam Reynolds couldn’t find enough avenues of attack in the second half.

That last seven to eight minutes of the first half was the killer blow when they picked up a couple of tries, Broncos coach Kevin Walters said.

But apart from that, we were in the fight. It was good to get a late try against them as well. They have been the benchmark team for a long time and we are on the way up.

While we are disappointed with the loss, we can walk away from here making sure we have learned a few things and next time that opportunity comes to end games, we need to be better.

Storm prop Tui Kamikamica celebrated his call-up to the Fijian side this week with a try on nine minutes to open the scoring.

The Storm had earned a six-again penalty 10 metres from the try line and had Harry Grant run inside before throwing a flat pass to the towering forward who powered over between two helpless Broncos.

Melbourne almost doubled their lead soon after when Ieremia looked to have scored the corner, but he was ruled to have not put the ball down cleanly, so the score was ruled out.

On 17 minutes the Broncos opened their account with former Storm centre Brenko Lee knocking down a high ball to Kurt Capewell, who was twisted around but still managed to throw a pass to winger Corey Oates, who ran over for the try.

The Broncos were defending staunchly and kept the Storm at bay, and on 24 minutes Oates had a double with the visitors working the ball wide to Lee who drew in the defender before finding Oates who ran back inside to score.

Melbourne were their own worst enemy with Ieremia failing to hold onto the ball when running it back from a kick and Ezra Mam almost running the dropped ball to the line before being stopped by a Justin Olam tackle.

But moments later the Broncos turned it into a try with Tyrone Roberts working it wide to the right where Cobbo leapt for the corner and touched the ball down before being forced out of bounds.

Kotoni Staggs converted the sideline kick to make it 16-6 to the Broncos at the 30-minute mark.

The Storm received a boost on 35 minutes when Hughes’ chip over the defence rolled towards the line and was bobbled by Cobbo as he attempted to pick it up. The young winger could do nothing but watch as his Queensland teammateMunster touched it down for a try with the conversion making it 16-12.

Hughes and Meaney combined to tie scores at 16-16 at half-time with Meaney breaking the line at 35m out and when caught, throwing a delightful flick pass to Hughes who sprinted in for a try.

The first 20 minutes of the second half were tight and contested with a few handling errors creeping in due to the dew on the grass but on 57 minutes Ieremia scored in the left corner after Munster and Olam teamed up to open a space for him.

Meaney’s kick from the sideline missed as Storm led 20-16, but the Storm managed to pin the Broncos in their own half for the next 10 minutes before a flowing move to the left saw the winger score his second try, sliding over following a flurry of passes from Kenny Bromwich, Meaney and Olam.

Hughes scored a late try and Mam ran the length of the field to cut the margin with two minutes to play.

The NRL pauses next weekend for international games and State of Origin game two in Perth on Sunday.

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