Try exposes bizarre 2020 quirk

The 2020 NRL season has turned out some crazy moments, but the first try for the Melbourne Storm may take the cake.

While the Warriors were brave in the early stages and twice denied by desperate defence from the scrambling Storm, it took just 12 minutes for the first try.

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After attacking the Storm line but not breaking through, Josh Addo-Carr changed the game with a 70m run before getting smashed by Peta Hiku in the back field.

But it didn’t slow the momentum as centre Paul Momirovski crossed the line with ease, even slipping over before still having enough time to get up and cross the line.

It may have seemed pretty clinical and expected from the Storm, but it’s a series of events that have made it odd.

The match is Momirovski’s first try in Storm colours after a historic loan-swap deal with the Wests Tigers.

While Grant has been a revelation and in some pundits eyes a Queensland bolter for State of Origin later in the year, Momirovski has been waiting in the wings.

It’s also a Melbourne home game, played at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium between two displaced teams with the Storm forced to relocate for an indefinite period after Victoria’s COVID-19 spike and the Warriors famously stranded in Australia and away from their families to ensure the NRL season continued.

The sides are also wearing their strips from the traditional ANZAC Day clash, although two months late after the season suspension in March.

Bet365’s social media account put it succinctly.

Wests Tigers player Paul Momirovski has scored for Melbourne in their home game against New Zealand in Sydney.

2020.#NRLStormWarriors #YourStorm

Momirovski then finished off the half with a second try to make it 22-0 at the break as the Storm piled on three tries in just seven minutes to put the Warriors to the sword.

After scoring his second following a dropped bomb that came up for the Storm, Momirovski then slipped over, slipping into a cameraman.

Momirovski gets his second for the night…and takes out the cameraman 😂 Hope your leg is okay @SkipperAust ‼️

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Despite clumsiness in dewy conditions in both tries, Momirovski has fans heaping praise on the 23-year-old.

Welcome to the club, Momers!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #yourstorm #NRL #NRLStormWarriors

More like Paul Monster-ovski, amirite? #NRLStormWarriors

Paul Momirovski where you been 👀

A double in his first game in purple. Casual.

Along with the season suspension, no fans in the stands and the NSW hubs, as the rest of the sports world have agreed, it’s been a season unlike any other.

The Storm have been suffering injuries as well with two players left on the bench with Christian Welch ruled out after failing a head injury assessment, while Cameron Munster was ruled out at halftime with a one to two week stint on the sidelines with a knee injury ahead.

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