Storm v Bulldogs: Five Key Points
The Bulldogs won again in Melbourne on the back of an improved defensive effort and a match-winning young gun.
The key points to come from Monday night's win.
Bulldogs dominant streak over Melbourne continues
With the win tonight, Canterbury have extended their winning streak over the Storm to six games, dating back to 2013.
Not only that, but the Bulldogs have won their last three against the Storm in Melbourne, a feat not too many sides around the NRL can boast about achieving.
Canterbury defence too strong
After conceding 22 points to the Raiders last Monday night, Canterbury's defence was a lot stronger and tighter against the Storm, as they held the home side to only 12 points for the game.
Several last-ditch tackles were made in the first half to keep the Storm out, as Cameron Munster and Marika Koroibete were unable to find the line after looking certain to score.
A gang tackle drove Blake Green 10 metres and over the touchline midway through the first half, in what was a strong representation of the tenacity of the Bulldogs defence throughout the match.
Kerrod Holland kicks truly
In just his second Telstra Premiership appearance, Kerrod Holland was again the match-winner for the Bulldogs.
After converting a Moses Mbye try after the siren to win the game in his debut against the Panthers in Round 2, Holland was at it again, this time scoring the last try of the game in their six-point win over the Storm.
Not only did Holland convert his try, but also kicked three conversions from as many attempts on the night, with the first two coming from brilliant kicks on each touchline, again showcasing his fantastic ability with the boot.
Smith takes the points, but was it the right call?
Cameron Smith had his kicking boots on very early against the Bulldogs, as he found touch for a 40/20 during the opening set of the game.
The Storm were then awarded a penalty under the posts from the resulting set, and chose to take the two points on offer rather than tapping and looking for a try.
It was an unusual decision by Smith to kick the penalty goal, and while it gave the Storm an early 2-0 lead, it ultimately backfired as they conceded the next 10 points to go down 12-2 inside 20 minutes.
Storm unable to capitalise on second-half momentum
After a see-sawing first half that saw each side with the momentum at different stages of the opening 40, it was all going the Storm's way for the opening stages of the second half.
With that being said, they were only able to score once during their period of dominance, and that was in the most part due to the resilience of the Bulldogs defence.