THE Melbourne Storm showed there still could be life left in its ageing team, with a gutsy 12-4 win over the Dragons at Jubilee Oval last night.
Melbourne's veteran representative combination of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater once against combined well to help deliver the win.
And the Dragons' halves combination of Gareth Widdop and Benji Marshall showed they still have a lot of work to do.
The Storm led 6-0 early thanks to a Young Tonumaipea try from a Cronk kick.
After a stack of possession, the Dragons didn't hit back until the 48th minute when Etonia Nabuli - a former hotel porter in Fiji - chased through a Marshall grubber to ground the ball just inside the dead-ball line.
But a try to Storm centre Will Chambers on the right edge - burrowing under some sloppy defence from Widdop and former Storm player Dane Nielsen - wrapped up the result.
In further bad news for the Dragons, captain Ben Creagh (lower back) and fullback Josh Dugan (lower left leg) were assisted from the field.
STORM 12 (Y Tonumaipea, W Chambers tries; C Smith 2 goals)
DRAGONS 4 (E Nabuli try) at Jubilee Oval last night.