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Adam Reynolds hamstring injury, Melbourne Storm vs Brisbane Broncos, AAMI Park

The Melbourne Storm have held off a fast-finishing Broncos side to take a 34-32 victory at home on Thursday night, as Brisbane’s night was furthered dampened by an injury to skipper Adam Reynolds.

Reynolds went down on the stroke of halftime with a suspected lower hamstring strain.

The veteran looked visibly upset in the sheds during the half-time break before he was ruled out of the second half in Melbourne.

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It came as the Storm ran home after trailing by 16-18 at half time, with the lead changing hands multiple times in the dying minutes.

Jahrome Hughes scored a crucial try to put the Storm in front with five minutes left to play.

Nine’s Danika Mason provided an update on the Broncos skipper during the main break.

“The medical staff expect it’s a strain to his lower hamstring. So, that is the initial diagnosis at this stage but we do know he’s been struggling with his knee for the last few weeks,” she said.

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“He’s missed some games of football as well. But they will have to wait to get scans on it tomorrow to see.”

Fronting up at the Broncos’ post-match press conference, Reynolds was coy on the seriousness of his injury.

“[My hamstring] just tightened up. It didn’t feel too good,” he told media.

“We’ll get back to Brisbane, get a scan and go from there.

“I felt it early on in the game and it gradually got worse. I tried to get to half time to see where it was at.”

Reynolds previously sat out the Broncos’ round three match with a low-grade right MCL sprain.

Ben Te Kura then scored a try just a minute later for the Broncos which was quickly converted, to reduce the Storm’s lead to just two points with less than two minutes left to play.

However, it was too little too late for the visitors, who were unable to utilise the ball in the dying seconds of the match to capitalise.

Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen expressed shock post-match at the 12th-placed Broncos’ comeback before Melbourne steadied the ship to hold off the fast-finishing Brisbane side.

“We probably would have liked to let less tries in. It was weird going into halftime there. I thought we were really on top, but the scoreboard didn’t reflect that,” he said on Nine post-match.

“They had a few troops out and we probably didn’t capitalise on that.”

Apart from the injury to Reynolds, the Broncos were unable to end their eight-year drought at AAMI Park.

Ezra Mam starred for the Broncos, highlighted by a massive try off a Billy Walters kick bomb.

It was his second for the evening, but it wasn’t enough to stop a late Storm surge.

“This is where his talent and speed take over. It all comes from work ethic and the work to put yourself in the position to get the ball. Great work, Ezra,” Billy Slater said in commentary for Nine.

Broncos lock Pat Carrigan expressed his disappointment at his side’s missed opportunities across the night.

“It’s a little bit of what’s going wrong at the moment. It’s tough to lose by two (points), especially how we did it,” he said on Nine.

“We probably left a few tries out there.”

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