John Sutton sent a message early on to the Storm in last night's clash when he powered his way through several Melbourne defenders to hit back for the Rabbitohs.

The senior Rabbitoh showed great determination in the 14th minute to hit the Melbourne line and force his way over to score, carrying three Storm defenders with him in the process.

Sutton's effort would set the tone for a very physical encounter in wet conditions at nib Stadium.

Re-live Sutton's gritty try in the video player above.