Ryan Papenhuyzen scored a stunning solo try and Will Chambers crossed late on to complete a Melbourne Storm fightback.

Storm rally to beat Tigers

Will Chambers' late try capped a Melbourne Storm fightback as Wests Tigers were consigned to a 24-22 NRL defeat on Thursday.

The Storm thrashed Parramatta Eels at the Magic Round in Brisbane last weekend, but they had to dig deep to claim the points at AAMI Park.

Melbourne lost in-form forward Christian Welch to a sustained anterior cruciate ligament injury on the stroke of half-time, but rallied to go top of the ladder.

Ryan Papenhuyzen scored a contender for try of the season in the first half, jinking his way past a few Tigers players before tearing away from deep in his own half. However, a Josh Aloiai score and eight points from the boot of Esan Marsters gave the Tigers a 12-8 lead at the break.

Luke Brooks powered his way over to extend Wests' lead early in the second half and Marsters added another try, which he converted after Felise Kaufusi finished at the other end.

Michael Maguire's men could not hold onto their eight-point lead, though, as Marion Seve crossed the whitewash and Chambers burst over three minutes from time after Kenneath Bromwich set him up.

Cameron Smith tallied eight points from the tee as Craig Bellamy's side moved above Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs, who both have a game in hand.


Super League matches called off

Snow leads to Super League postponements

Three Super League matches which were due to take place on Thursday and Friday have been called off or put back.

Smith undecided over future

Storm skipper Smith undecided over future

Cameron Smith is in no rush to decide whether he will play on in 2019 ahead of the new NRL season.

Wigan rally to beat Widnes

Wigan fight back to beat Widnes, two sent off as Hull defeat Warrington

Rampant Wigan Warriors scored six second-half tries to beat Widnes Vikings, while Warrington lost at Hull FC.

Slater ruled out of Storm's opener

Slater ruled out of Storm's NRL opener

Battling a shoulder injury, Billy Slater will miss Melbourne Storm's NRL opener against the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The 2018 NRL season in Opta numbers

Storm look to go back-to-back, Slater and Thurston set for milestones – the 2018 NRL season in Opta numbers

Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston are set to make their 300th NRL appearances this season.