The Wrap Up: Melbourne v North Melbourne

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The streak is over. Melbourne has defeated North Melbourne at the MCG to end their run of 17 straight losses to the Roos.

The Dees did it comfortably in the end to win by 37 points.

Here’s everything you need to know from the game.

The Talking Point: Melbourne break the hoodoo

North started strong and the hoodoo would’ve been on Melbourne’s mind early, but they had the game under control across the remaining three quarters.

Melbourne pushed away late in the third quarter for what was a comfortable victory in the end.

Ben Brown dominated for North Melbourne, but the Demons were able to hit the scoreboard with far more ease.

The star: Ben Brown

Brown continues to prove he is among the best key forwards in the competition. He kicked four goals, including multiple long set shots at crucial moments in the game.

North have seemingly decided to minimize using him in the ruck in order to prioritise his time inside 50 and he will no doubt be the focal point of their forward line for a long time.

The Moment: Daw crashes into Lewis

He may have been a late inclusion for Robbie Tarrant, but Majak Daw made the most of his opportunity with multiple gif-worthy plays.

He took a few big marks, but also laid this massive hit on Jordan Lewis.

The medical room

Thankfully both clubs got through without anything major to report, but Jake Melksham did cop a knee to his head in the third quarter and was forced to come from the ground momentarily.

What’s next?

North Melbourne will play their first game in Tasmania for the year as they host the winless Carlton.

The Demons meanwhile take on another former bogie side Hawthorn at the MCG in what could be the game of the round on Sundat afternoon.

Full Score

Melbourne:  3.2, 9.7, 12.13, 18.15 (123)
North Melbourne: 5.3, 8.4, 10.6, 13.8 (86)

Melbourne: Bugg 4, Garlett 3, Kent 3, Oliver 2, Lewis, Jones, Fritsch, Petracca, Vince, Hogan
North Melbourne: Brown 4, Waite 3, Cunnington 2, Simpkin, Hartung, Goldstein, Ziebell

Melbourne: Lewis, Petracca, Bugg, Kent, Vince, Gawn
North Melbourne: Brown, Higgins, Cunnington, Waite, McDonald

Melbourne: Nil
North Melbourne: Robbie Tarrant (hamstring, late withdrawal)

Reports: Nil

Official crowd: 35,518