A last-gasp try from Anthony Quinn saw Melbourne edge out Leeds 18-10 in a tense World Club Challenge clash at Elland Road.
The Australian champions led just 12-10 when Quinn sneaked over in the corner in the last minute.
Danny McGuire had put Leeds 10-4 ahead but Melbourne quickly replied through Luke MacDougall and Cameron Smith's five goals from five attempts also proved crucial.
In a defence-dominated match of precious few chances, Leeds teenager Kallum Watkins had two tries disallowed as the Rhinos cast aside their unimpressive Super League form to push Melbourne all the way in front of a crowd of 27,697.
Leeds battled manfully after losing their inspirational captain Kevin Sinfield with a dead leg after half an hour and only went behind for the first time just short of the hour.
A thrilling 80-metre try from Danny McGuire promised much but a last-minute try from winger Anthony Quinn, who was in the Melbourne side that lost 11-4 to the Yorkshiremen two years ago, finally ended Leeds' resistance and earned the Australians revenge for their 2008 defeat.
It was bruising and brutal, befitting any Anglo-Australian clash, and tempers flared towards the end of the first half after Leeds' Australian hooker Danny Buderus was dumped on his head by substitute Hep Cahill after passing the ball, and punches were thrown a second time near the end.
Melbourne's spoiling tactics at the play-the-ball infuriated the crowd and prompted referee Richard Silverwood to issue a warning to Melbourne captain Cameron Smith but Storm would not be deflected from their goal.
The damp, sticky conditions clearly did not suit rangy centre Greg Inglis, the Golden Boot winner who was largely anonymous, while Leeds' effective kick-chase nullified the counter-attacking threat of Billy Slater, the best broken-field runner in the game.
Neither side would budge in defence, although Leeds had the better of a try-less first half.