Melbourne Storm

Storm proud of their Round 1 record

Extending their incredible streak was an impressive feat on the road in front of a hostile home crowd and in tough wet-weather conditions. 

However, it is only Round 1 and captain Cameron Smith knows there's a long way to go for Melbourne to return to the Telstra Premiership decider. 

"I don't think I've ever played a Round 1 game and come away and thought 'it can't get any better than that'," Smith said. 

"I think there are some fundamental things we need to improve on – there's no doubt about that."

How a drizzle turned into a Melbourne Storm

Now, as they enter their 20th season in the competition, the Storm are considered one of the powerhouse clubs in Australian sport and will head into the 2017 Telstra Premiership as title favourites alongside the Penrith Panthers. 

No Slater 'not end of world': Storm

But Storm assistant Adam O'Brien says it "won't be the end of the world" if the veteran fullback misses the start of the NRL season.

Melbourne are hopeful off-contract Slater can finally overcome a second straight shoulder reconstruction this season.

Storm have good cover for Koroibete

Koroibete's move to the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby side has left a big hole in the Storm's young backline.

Storm football director Frank Ponissi said that Victorian product Young Tonumaipea, ex-Wests Tigers flyer Josh Addo-Carr and centre Curtis Scott were in the running to fill the vacancy.

Storm spoilt for choice at five-eighth

The 30-year-old Green was a key figure in the Storm's minor premiership win last season, but after a short stay in Melbourne opted to join bitter rivals the Sea Eagles on a lucrative two-year deal. 

Storm young gun to learn from the best

The 20-year-old joined the Storm after two seasons for the Cowboys in the Holden Cup where he emerged as one of the most destructive dummy-halves in the competition.

The nuggety No.9 was a revelation in North Queensland in 2016 scoring 18 tries and setting up 21 more in a breakout season that saw him named in the Holden Cup Team of the Year despite plenty of stiff competition. 

Having played rugby league since he was a three-year-old at the Waiheke Rams, the Junior Kiwis star is keen to knuckle down and fight his way into the Storm's star-studded NRL side. 

Melbourne Storm player Shem Tatupu struck by car

The Storm released a brief statement regarding the incident.

"Melbourne Storm player, Shem Tatupu, was struck by a car on Monday night while crossing the road on Olympic Boulevard after training," the statement read.

"Players and staff were at the scene and immediately called an ambulance.

"Thankfully Shem has been cleared of any serious injury and is expected to be discharged from hospital in the coming days.

Updated team lists: Storm v Sharks

There are no late changes for the Storm, with Young Tonumaipea, Slade Griffin, Matt White, Felise Kaufusi, and Ryan Morgan out of the wider squad named mid-week.

The Sharks are also unchanged, 1-17, with Kurt Capewell and Joseph Paulo dropping off the extended bench named on Tuesday.

Melbourne Storm:

1 Cameron Munster

2 Suliasi Vunivalu

3 Will Chambers

4 Cheyse Blair

5 Marika Koroibete

6 Blake Green

7 Cooper Cronk

8 Jesse Bromwich

9 Cameron Smith (c)

10 Jordan McLean

11 Kevin Proctor

Your say on 2016 NRL Grand Final

The National Rugby League (NRL) Grand Final will be a conclusive and premiership- deciding game of the 2016 NRL season.

The game will be played today at the Sydney’s ANZ Stadium between the minor premiers; the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla- Sutherland Sharks.

Loop PNG took to the streets of Port Moresby to find out which team they though would win this year’s grand final and why.

Joel of Gordons says he always been a diehard Sharks fanatic adding that he has placed a large bet on them already.

“My money is on Gallen this afternoon.”

Finucane chasing lost opportunities

The rugged Storm back-rower will head into Sunday's NRL grand final as hungry as anyone to finally lay his hands on the Provan-Summons Trophy.

Having already tasted grand final defeat twice during his three years at Canterbury, the lure of a premiership win drives the 25-year-old Bega product.

He revealed he came close to signing with the Storm five years ago after coming through the Bulldogs junior ranks, which would have put him on the opposite side of the ledger during the 2012 grand final.