26 Apr 2017

Another ANZAC win for the Storm

6:31 am on 26 April 2017

Melbourne have returned to top spot on the NRL ladder after holding out the Warriors in an enthralling Anzac Day clash in Melbourne.

The Warriors' playmaker Shaun Johnson in NRL action.

The Warriors' playmaker Shaun Johnson in NRL action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr scored a try in the 66th minute to give his side the lead for the first time, while Felice Kaufusi capped off the 20-14 victory when he barged over as the clock wound down.

It was Melbourne's seventh win in eight game this season, moving them two points clear of the chasing pack.

Last year the Warriors were trounced 42-0 in the same match but showed their intent from the opening whistle and David Fusitu'a collected his first try in the 10th minute.

The centre also touched down early in the second half in an impressive showing while five-eighth Kieran Foran was one of the Warriors' star performers as they took the lead four times during the match, only to be denied by the determined Storm.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy had warned of the dangerous Warriors spine and Foran, hooker Issac Luke, halfback Shaun Johnson and fullback Roger Tuivasa- Sheck matched the might of the Storm big guns in an absorbing contest.

Melbourne's Cameron Munster started at five-eighth for the first time this season, relegating Ryley Jacks to the bench, and proved a dangerous addition.

The teams went to halftime locked at 8-8 after giant Storm forward Nelson Asofa- Solomona barrelled across the line on the half-hour mark and the they traded late penalties.

Fusitu'a's second try broke the deadlock before Melbourne centre Will Chambers pushed his case for Test selection when he got outside Warriors second-rower Bodene Thompson to set up a try for Cooper Cronk.

The arm wrestle continued before the pressure from the Storm told on the tiring Warriors pack, with Addo-Carr finding one of the growing gaps to cash in before Kaufusi's 77th minute try.

Warriors prop Jacob Lilyman

Warriors prop Jacob Lilyman Photo: Photosport

Warriors prop Jacob Lillyman faces a fine after being charged by the NRL Match Review Committee for a grade one careless high tackle during the match.

Lillyman was charged for the hit on Melbourne prop Jordan McLean in the 20th minute of the match in Melbourne.

Lillyman can accept a $1,100 fine with an early guilty plea or faces a $1,500 penalty if he contests the charge at the NRL judiciary and is found guilty.

He won't receive a suspension.