Controversial try sparks Storm NRL win

Laine Clark

There was no shortage of highlights but it was a controversial try by Billy Slater that sparked Melbourne's 34-20 NRL win over Brisbane.

Pressure looks set to build on Wayne Bennett, with the Storm extending their remarkable record at Suncorp Stadium to again hand bragging rights to the man linked to the Brisbane coach's job - Melbourne mentor Craig Bellamy.

Slater and winger Josh Addo-Carr both bagged doubles on Friday night, as the defending premiers continued their unbeaten in Brisbane - a streak going back to 2009.

However, it was veteran No.1 Slater's opening try that was the talking point.

One of Queensland's favourite sons copped boos on the Maroons' hallowed turf when he was awarded a 10th-minute try despite appearing to knock on in the lead-up.

Slater went to kick the ball and missed but put it to the toe after it bounced and he dived over to score.

Slater looked apologetic afterwards and could be heard telling teammates to settle down because "I dropped the ball". But the video referee deemed the duffed kick a field-goal attempt and gave the green light.

Slater went on push his try tally to 25 in 30 games against Brisbane and 14 in as many matches at Suncorp.

Adding to Brisbane's pain, hooker Andrew McCullough suffered suspected elbow ligament damage in the 50th minute.

Melbourne led 24-14 early in the second half but it was game on when Brisbane cut the deficit to 24-20 with 13 minutes left after Anthony Milford scored a solo try.

However, Milford went from hero to villain when he let what appeared to be a harmless Will Chambers kick roll past him in the in-goal and winger Suliasi Vunivalu scored a soft try.

It marked Melbourne's first back-to-back wins of the year.

The loss will only intensify the spotlight on Bennett, who is reportedly under pressure to keep his job. Off-contract Bellamy this week did not rule out linking in 2019 with the Broncos.

Melbourne grabbed an 18-4 halftime lead after two try-of-the-year nominations.

After Slater's controversial try, Addo-Carr set up the veteran fullback's second in the 16th minute when he broke the defensive line and put through a sublime grubber at full pace.

Then came their show stopper.

In the 22nd minute, Melbourne went from one side of the field to the other in a stunning 70m movement before Vunivalu threw a 30m cut-out pass for fellow winger Addo-Carr to score.

Brisbane prop Matt Lodge was also on report for a 75th-minute dangerous throw.