Storm roll Broncos in 2019 NRL opener

Melbourne's stunning round one record under coach Craig Bellamy remains intact after the Storm held off a resurgent Brisbane to open the NRL season with a 22-12 win at AAMI Park on Thursday night.

Heading into the match the Storm hadn't lost in the opening round in the 16 years Bellamy had been at the helm, and in the first half that looked likely to stretch to another year with the Broncos disappointing.

But two tries to Brisbane winger Corey Oates within two minutes midway through the second stanza turned the game on its head.

Oates' second effort couldn't have been simpler with Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich attempting an unlikely offload and throwing the ball straight into his arms for him to scamper through to close the lead to four points.

But six minutes later Bromwich was back in the good books with a barnstorming run from 15 metres out to score his team's fourth try of the night and from there they weren't troubled.

The first of their tries was scored by Jahrome Hughes, who impressed in his first outing as the replacement for retired superstar fullback Billy Slater.

Oates got past him for both of his tries but Hughes still looked the part.

Hughes' try came in the third minute not long after Brisbane were penalised as prop Matt Lodge laid out Storm playmaker Cameron Munster after he kicked.

Lodge could find himself in trouble with the NRL match review panel with the hit appearing to come late.

Just after the restart Brisbane lost centre James Roberts, who clutched at his back as he was assisted to the change-rooms.

Munster was one of Melbourne's best, with his kicking game effective compared to Broncos halves Kodi Nikorima and Anthony Milford.

Brisbane will be buoyed by the return of Matt Gillett, who topped their tackle count with 50 in his new position as lock in his first NRL game back since fracturing his neck in round five last year.