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A historic four-try haul to rookie Suliasi Vunivalu has fired Melbourne to a testy 38-18 victory over Manly, keeping them on track to claim the NRL minor premiership. .Vunivalus 30-minute quartet on Saturday evening lifted his tally to 21 in just 16 games, equalling the rookie record set by former Storm star and eventual dual-code international Israel Folau back in 2007.The win, the Storms seventh in their past eight games, consolidates their spot on top of the competition ladder, three points ahead of Cronulla, who face South Sydney on Monday night.In front of a modest crowd of 8241 at Brookvale Oval - their second smallest of the season - the Sea Eagles simply had no answer to Vunivalus try-scoring potency as the Storm cruised to a 26-6 halftime lead.However, as they have for most of the year, Manly refused to throw the towel in after the break, with another rookie Brad Parker completing a brace and Jorge Taufua crossing in his 100th NRL game.Taufuas 62nd-minute effort reduced the gap to 14 with just under 20 minutes remaining and, while tempers flared a number of times in the closing stages, the Storm held on to claim their 18th win of the year.Melbourne prop Felise Kaufusi sealed victory with a try on fulltime, set up by Cooper Cronks 25th try assist of the year, the most of any player in the NRL.Vunivalu became the first player to bag four in one half since former Sea Eagles winger David Williams did it in 2012, and just the sixth Storm player to achieve the feat.His first came when Cameron Munster darted a pass in the 10th minute, and bagged his second when he chased through a Cronk bomb that neither Tom Trbojevic nor Jorge Taufua wanted a part of in the 26th minute.The Fijian scored his third and fourth in the space of just two minutes, taking another long ball from Munster in the 38th minute before finishing off a Cronk banana kick to give the Storm a 20-point halftime lead.While Vunivalu scored the tries, Munster, Cronk and Dale Finucane were also immense for the Storm, who were able to rest captain Cameron Smith for the final 10 minutes of the match. .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Watching a mistake is painful. When a miscue leads to a touchdown not once, but twice in consecutive weeks, its so agonizing time seems to almost stop.Steve Hoffman, the new man in charge of Tennessees special teams, is in agony right now.The Tennessee Titans gave up a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown Oct. 2 in losing 27-20 at Houston, which helped cost special teams coordinator Bobby April his job a day later. Then the Titans gave up a 74-yard punt return for a TD last week in Miami, though Tennessee pulled out a 30-17 win.They happen in about 8 seconds, but it feels like it takes a day for the guy to get to the end zone, Hoffman said Thursday of the TD returns. All you can do is teach. I got in the huddle the very next play and said, `Look, all we can do about that is forget about it and have it serve to tick you off to now were going to play the rest of the game solid.Correcting the issues on punt coverage is a priority for Tennessee (2-3) with the Cleveland Browns (0-5) visiting Sunday. Titans coach Mike Mularkey fired April on Oct. 3 , unhappy with the latest mistake from a unit that has struggled in recent seasons for a team whose margin of error is slim after going 5-27 the previous two years combined.Punter Brett Kern took blame for a punt with little hang time not hitting the area of the field the Titans had targeted in Houston. Against Miami, the punt was a little closer to the hash marks than the Titans wanted and players could have stayed in their lanes a bit better. Titans coach Mike Mularkey looked at the tape and remains convinced he saw two holds and Jalston Fowler blocked in the back.So weve got to punt it better, and weve got to cover better and theyve got to officiate the play bettter, Mularkey said Monday. Im not changing my mind on the officiating on the play. It was not officiated very well.The Titans currently rank 30th, giving up 19.2 yards per punt return and 27th allowing 26.7 yards on kickoffs.Hoffman has been working with special teams since 1989 when he joined the Dallas Cowboys as a kicking coach. He also has worked with the Dolphins, Atlanta, Kansas City and Oakland. Hes been with Tennessee since 2013 as an assistant special teams coach and wanted the chance to be in charge of a unit again, though not at the expense of a friend for 27 years.At the same time, I was asked to do a job and I thought, `Well, I better get back to work, head back to the salt mine, Hoffman said.Changing schemes completely during the season is nearly impossible. So Hoffman has worked with the terminology the Titans already had in place and has tried to simplify responsibilities as possible.Cleveland hasnt had a punt return longer than 18 yards this season, and coach Hue Jackson said teams struggling in one specific area tend to clean those up as quickly as possible.Whatever all their issues are, I just want them to keep showing up this Sunday for us, Jackson said.Game notes LT Taylor Lewan and Kern both practiced fully Thursday. Kern did not practice Wednesday due to an illness, while Lewan was limited by a shoulder. 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