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Melbourne Storm beaten 20-6 by St George Illawarra Dragons, stopping NRL winning streak at seven games

ABC GrandstandABC Grandstand 18/06/2016

The Storm were far from their best against the Dragons. © Getty Images/Matt King The Storm were far from their best against the Dragons. The Dragons have brought Melbourne's seven-game winning streak to an end, handing the ladder-leading Storm a 20-6 loss in Wollongong.

Already missing captain Cameron Smith and half-back Cooper Cronk to State Of Origin duty, the Storm also lost five-eighth Blake Green (calf), full-back Cameron Munster (ankle) and prop Tim Glasby (shoulder).

The slew of missing starters forced coach Craig Bellamy to blood 18-year-old half Brodie Croft alongside makeshift pivot Tohu Harris, who also assumed goal-kicking duties on the night.

The Storm had only conceded 26 points over their previous six games and were nearly impossible to crack for most of tonight's game.

Despite the Dragons having almost 60 per cent of the first-half possession, they only managed one try to former Storm playmaker Gareth Widdop and even that came literally on the back of more luck than skill.

In the 20th minute, Widdop attempted to chip over the top of the defence, but accidentally kicked into the back of Storm back rower Kevin Proctor.

Widdop then regathered and coasted to the tryline untouched before adding the conversion and a penalty as the Dragons took an 8-2 lead to half-time.

The Storm were the next to cross in this less than beautiful affair, as Croft kicked cross-field for boom rookie Suliasi Vunivalu, who flew above the pack to touch down.

But Harris left the conversion attempt short and the Dragons crossed through another former Storm player, Kurt Mann, on 66 minutes, before hooker Mitch Rein put the result beyond doubt with a 70th-minute four-pointer.

In the final minute of the game, Vunivalu crossed for his second try, taking his tally to 13 from his first eight games and keeping alive his uncanny streak of scoring only in doubles or triples.

The 20-year-old is also on top of the NRL's leading try-scorers' list.

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