Bulldogs v Storm: 3 key points
The premiers defeated a new look Canterbury outfit 36-18 in Perth.
Here are three key points from the round one clash.
Melbourne not lacking strike power
Following the departure of club legend Cooper Cronk, all eyes were on Melbourne’s attacking options. After 80 minutes of play, fans were left with little doubt that the Storm have plenty of points in them with or without Cronk. Cameron Munster was superb, splitting the Canterbury defence on multiple occasions whilst Josh Addo-Carr set the stadium alight with his blistering speed and precise finishing.
Weak line defence hurts dogs
It’s fairly simple logic – soft line breaks = soft tries. As good as Munster was, his two crucial runs came off the back of some fairly innocuous Bulldog’s defence. The Melbourne fullback first ran around an idle Josh Jackson in the 28th minute to lay on a try for Addo-Carr and replicated his antics nine minutes later to set up Kenneath Bromwich.
Foran in good touch
Anytime the Dogs looked dangerous, their new number seven was involved. Foran got his hands on the ball early to set up Raymond Faitala-Mariner and later ducked into the line to move the ball left, sending veteran Brett Morris over the paint. It could be a long season for Canterbury, but if they want to have any hope of remaining consistent and competitive then they’ll need Foran to stay fit and firing.