Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy was left fuming at several key moments that went against his side following the Storm's 26-22 defeat.
It was not pretty but the Parramatta Eels have escaped with an entertaining win against an undermanned Storm side at AAMI Park on Monday night.
With two Storm home games and Origin II in the space of seven days, rugby league is taking centre stage in the Victorian capital.
The Storm are proving their doubters wrong yet again, with an 8-4 record after 13 rounds putting them in calculations for a top four finish.
Melbourne will play Monday night's game without their captain, champion fullback, two leading try-scorers and key playmaker. But the Eels have their own issues.
Melbourne's loss looks set to be the Queensland's gain with a rested and ready Billy Slater declaring himself ready to go for Origin II.
Cooper Cronk has picked up another Origin-period injury, but this time Melbourne are prepared with Ben Hampton joining the in-form Blake Green in the halves.
Walker's Perth form, the Titans' potent right edge, Canberra's record-breaking skipper, and the Cowboys' point-scoring spree. Key stats from Round 13.
Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk will be sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks after scans revealed a low-grade meniscus tear in his right knee.
Injured Storm pair Cooper Cronk (knee) and Billy Slater (shoulder) should be fit to take their place for Queensland in Holden State of Origin II.