Terrifying stat Storm need to defy if they’re to win the grand final

From this point on, Melbourne will have to create history if they’re to go on and win the 2019 NRL premiership.

The minor premiers suffered a shock 12-10 qualifying finals loss to Canberra night, but they get another shot at the title when they meet Parramatta on Saturday night.

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Raiders stun the Storm

Raiders stun the Storm


Even if they’re able to overcome the Eels at AAMI Park, history is still against Craig Bellamy’s men.

Records provided by Fox Sports Lab show that the minor premiers have never lost in week one of a top-eight finals series and won the comp — that’s over the course of 20 years.


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Since the top eight was introduced in 1999, only four teams have lost in week one then gone on claim the title.

The Storm have some work to do.
The Storm have some work to do.Source: Getty Images


1999 (McIntyre system)

Week one: St George Illawarra (6th) 34 beat Melbourne (3rd) 10

Grand Final: Melbourne 20 beat St George Illawarra 18

2004 (McIntyre system)

Week one: North Queensland (7th) 30 beat Canterbury (2nd) 22

Grand Final: Canterbury 16 beat Sydney Roosters 13

2006 (McIntyre system)

Week one: St George Illawarra (6th) 20 beat Brisbane (3rd) 4

Grand Final: Brisbane 15 beat Melbourne 8


Week one: Brisbane (2nd) 16 beat North Queensland (3rd) 12

Grand Final: North Queensland 17 beat Brisbane 16


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Following his side’s loss to the Raiders, Bellamy said he wouldn’t be making any sweeping changes as they chase a fourth successive NRL grand final appearance.

Storm press conference

Storm press conference


If they get past the Eels, they’ll have to take on the red-hot Sydney Roosters in a blockbuster preliminary final in Sydney, which only makes their mission all the more harder.

“We’re not going to make wholesale changes — this side won a minor premiership and we led up until the last few minutes so it’s nothing we can’t make just a bit better in some crucial times of the game,” Bellamy said.

“We’ll review this and there’s a few things I’m going to be fairly strong about.

“We had opportunities to get into our system but for whatever reason some players made the decision to not follow that but to do something else and that will be fairly closely looked at.

“We can change things pretty easily, we just need to make sure we’re on the same page. That’s what we need to sort out — it’s nothing terminal.”


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