Slater helps Storm maintain its St George hoodoo

Bill Slater delivered for the Melbourne Storm after his recent shoulder surgery.
Bill Slater delivered for the Melbourne Storm after his recent shoulder surgery. Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

RUGBY LEAGUE: Melbourne Storm overcame a slow start and late pressure to continue its home dominance over St George with a tight 18-16 win at AAMI Park last night.

St George has lost 14 games in a row in Melbourne.

The visitors burst out of the blocks to lead 10-0 after 16 minutes.

One minute later Billy Slater showed he was glad to be back in purple after shoulder surgery with a wonderful cut-out pass to send Marika Koroibete over out wide.

Koroibete scored again and Cameron Smith added two penalty goals for Storm to lead 12-10 at the break.

The Storm scored the first try of the second spell when Ken Bromwich scored after strong work by his brother Jesse. Smith converted for an 18-10 lead.

Shortly after Tyson Frizell hit back for St George, winning the race to the ball in the in-goal. Widdop converted for 18-16.

In the last 22 minutes both teams tiring defences held tight against wave after wave of attack.

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