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Undermanned Storm overcome Titans

Melbourne have got their NRL campaign back on track with a thrilling 24-20 win over Gold Coast.
Undermanned Storm overcome Titans
by AAP

By Ed Jackson

GOLD COAST, June 16 AAP - Melbourne have got their NRL campaign back on track with a thrilling 24-20 win over Gold Coast.

With both teams shorn of talent due to State of Origin duties and injuries, it was the Storm who came home the strongest, scoring two tries in the final 10 minutes to steal the victory.

Young stars Ben Hampton and Kurt Mann scored the four-pointers to halt the Storm's two-game losing streak and show there is life in Melbourne without Origin stars Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Ryan Hoffman and injured halfback Cooper Cronk.

The victory, in front of the second-lowest NRL crowd of the season of 6497, is the Storm's first win without inspirational skipper Smith in eight attempts.

Already without regular halfback Albert Kelly, the Titans suffered an early setback when his replacement Beau Henry limped out of the match with a knee injury.

Queensland Origin squad member Will Chambers was released by the Maroons to play for the Storm and scored a double to put the visitors ahead 14-12 in the second half.

The Titans responded with James Roberts scoring on his debut for the club, before Melbourne's late double made Kevin Gordon's spectacular second academic.

Chambers received attention after suffering a knee injury with 15 minutes to go in the game but recovered to see out the match, easing any concerns Queensland coach Mal Meninga might have had in case the centre is required for Wednesday's must-win clash with NSW.

The loss is the Titans' fifth in a row and they'll be itching to get back to the winner's circle with another home game against St George Illawarra on Sunday.

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