This NRL season has been dominated by two teams: Penrith and Melbourne.
The Panthers set the early pace this season and forced their way to the top of the table with a remarkable winning streak whilst Melbourne gradually adjusted to life after Cameron Smith.
Then the Storm burst into life as Penrith struggled without injured talisman Nathan Cleary. Melbourne exploited his absence going on a winning run of their own to take top spot away from Penrith and cement themselves as the Premiership favourites.
Few expected Melbourne to lose another game this season once they’d toppled Penrith to virtually secure the Minor Premiership. However, today their winning streak came to an end one shy of a new record.
Melbourne went into the game against Parramatta on the back of 19 consecutive wins and were fancied against the Eels who have struggled recently with many questioning if they’re top four material especially after they conceded 50 against Manly.
However, inspired by Mitchell Moses the Eels out-fought the Storm to claim a shock 22-10 victory at their expense denying them the chance to create history with the NRL’s greatest ever winning run.
Storm are still the favourites, but who knows maybe Parramatta can shock everyone and push for Grand Final glory themselves on the back of this win.