Melbourne Storm beat Brisbane once again to dent Broncos minor premiership hopes

Sailor’s signal

Tristan Sailor sent a signal to Broncos coach Kevin Walters that he warrants greater opportunities in the NRL, turning in a strong attacking performance.

As his famous father, club legend Wendell, sat and cheered in the stands, the younger Sailor thrilled the home fans.

The 25-year-old, stepping in to fill the void left by superstar fullback Reece Walsh, finished with two try assists, three line-break assists, a line break, two forced dropouts, eight tackles busts and 180 running metres.

Papenhuyzen peaking

Playing just his second game since being sidelined for more than a year with through injury, Papenhuyzen announced he was finding form at the perfect time.

In his first start since his return, the dynamic fullback got through the entire 80 minutes and was in sensational touch – finishing with a try, a try assists, four goals, six tackle busts and 135 running metres.


Melbourne have managed to secure a top-four spot largely without his services, and now that he has plenty of running in him, he looms as one of the finals’ biggest threats once Cameron Munster, Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes and the like return.

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