‘We have so many piss-ups’: Brandon Smith reveals ‘massive drinking culture’ at Storm

Smith detailed a wild drinking story involving Dale Finucane and said club legend Cameron Smith “loves a beer”.

It was all inside the 56-minute YKTR Sports podcast which has landed Smith in hot water this week.

Storm v Raiders: NAS ruled out; Simonsson-Rapana switch

No disrespect to Canberra's recent opposition, but the Eels (round 19) were the only side ahead of them on the table. The Storm are perched right on top of the ladder and present a another jump in standards altogether.

The fact Melbourne only have a five-day turn around after a solid battle with Manly, might help Ricky Stuart's men. But Canberra will need to be a lot more threatening in attack than what they've shown recently.

Eels beat Storm

Of most concern is hooker Brandon Smith, who left the field late clutching his jaw, while five-eighth Ryley Jacks also went down with a hip injury.

The Storm could well be the first team to fall foul of a crusher tackle crackdown, with debutant half Cooper Johns and bench forward Albert Vete placed on report in the first half.

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills 180 on Mindanao

Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island.

Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders.

Tembin, with winds of up to 80km/h (50 mph), has passed across Mindanao and reached the resort islands of Palawan, and will now move further west.

The Philippines suffers regularly from deadly tropical storms, although Mindanao is not often hit.

Kaufusi brothers to reunite at Storm

Like the stories of other brothers who end up at the same club – think Brett and Glenn Stewart, Josh and Brett Morris, Tom and Jake Trbojevic, Jesse and Kenny Bromwich – Patrick and Felise Kaufusi are finally playing together again after initially linking at the Cowboys.

“It was big,” Patrick told of the part Felise played in recruiting his younger sibling. “It would be awesome to play with him again – we played a couple of [under] 20s games together. It’d be great for that opportunity to learn off him again. He’s come a long way since leaving the Cows.”

Storm 'mindful' of success

‌Coach Craig Bellamy and football director Frank Ponissi decided to bring in two external consultants to work with players and coaches to provide support. It's new to the Storm, but it has paid dividends.

"Every year we're looking to where we can find an edge to be better in previous years," Ponissi said. "We make fun of our study trips, but we do – we go with a focus on a specific area, and last year we looked at sports psychology. It's an area we haven't dabbled in at all. 

Storm crush Broncos on way to Grand Final

After dominating the competition all year, the Storm last night advanced to the club's eighth season decider and second in a row.

With Cronk set to retire or move to a Sydney-based club after season 2017, it ensures the Storm will have plenty of motivation as they get set to face the Sydney Roosters or North Queensland on Sunday week at ANZ Stadium.

After being wasteful in the first 40 minutes, the minor premiers went into the breakup 8-0 but turned it on the second stanza, running in three tries including a Billy Slater double.

Titans' shining light shunned Storm move

Sami's form since making his debut in Round 19 has convinced Titans officials that he has a bright future in the NRL and his contract has been upgraded to be included in the club's top 30 for the 2018 season.

It is reward for a physically gifted athlete who has had to come to terms with the work ethic required to even play in the under-20s and he delivered an eye-catching display in his first start in the centres against Canterbury last weekend.

Storm party as Manly beaten

The Storm players spoke early in the week about ensuring they delivered a fitting performance in Smith's milestone game.

Scoring seven tries to one at AAMI Park in Melbourne, they did so in spades.

And captain Smith, as usual, was front and centre despite taking a pectoral injury into the game.

The 34-year-old topped his team's tackle count and had four try assists.

"The players really put in a big effort for Cameron," coach Craig Bellamy said.

Titans and Storm point finger over Kiwis drug scandal

The Titans and Storm will be taking the issue to the NRL after questioning whether Kiwis team management had failed to properly supervise the pair.

Melbourne prop Bromwich has stood down as Kiwis skipper and Proctor has given up his role as Gold Coast co-captain after the pair were accused of taking an illicit substance in the early hours of Saturday morning after the Test loss to Australia in Canberra.